Gig Diary Archive
Sun 21 May - MORNINGTON LOCKETT (sax)
A very special night! When Ronnie Scott expanded his band he could have chosen any saxophonist in the world. He chose Mornington! As a very exciting extra, tonight's rhythm section also features the ex-Ronnie Scott pianist John Critchinson and the ubiquitous bassist Dave Green who has played with everyone. Drummer Roger Odell will do his best to keep up!
Sun 07 May - SIMON SPILLETT (sax)
Only a few years ago Simon Spillett was hailed as a major new voice on the straight-ahead British Jazz Scene but in a very short time he established himself as an award winning saxophonist of the highest order. A real virtuoso, he is steeped in the music of Tubby Hayes, but is very much his own man.
Sun 23 Apr - KEVIN FITZSIMMONS (voc)
Kevin has performed at jazz venues throughout the UK and at top London clubs including Ronnie Scotts, The 606 Club & the Pizza Express Jazz Club. His fresh-sounding renditions of jazz standards and iconic pop tunes has garnered him critical acclaim and fans far and wide. “….his voice is an irresistible mix of Sinatra, Bennett & Buble" Jazz FM.
Sun 09 Apr - NIC MEIER (gtr)
In just a few short years UK-based Swiss guitarist Nicolas Meier has carved a reputation out as one of the UK’s most original guitarists and drawing on a love of Turkish, Eastern music, Flamenco, Tango all mixed with jazz he has developed his own unique sound. He was sensational at last year's Bures Festival Jazz Night after touring with Jeff Beck.
Sun 26 Mar - SNOWBOY (perc)
One of Europe’s finest percussionists and congueros, Snowboy has recorded or performed percussion with artists such as Lisa Stansfield, Amy Winehouse, Deodato, Big John Patton, Airto Moreira and many, many more. He celebrates his 30th Anniversary since his debut single in 1985 with his 16th album ‘New York Afternoon’.
Sun 12 Mar - ROBERT FOWLER (sax)
Since leaving the Pasadena Roof Orchestra Robert has worked with many bands and has also released his own CD "Front and Centre" which demonstrates the strong influence of some of the greats of the classic jazz era - Coleman Hawkins and Ben Webster. He has also been working and touring with Bryan Ferry on his recent album As Time Goes By.
Sun 26 Feb - JACQUI HICKS (voc)
Having sung with the National Youth Jazz Orchestra on a regular basis in 1992 Jacqui joined and toured the world with jazz funk band Shakatak. She has recorded a number of CDs with her own quartet and she is the featured singer on both Beatifik CDs and on The Boaters Project CD. Jacqui is a highly skilled singer with charm and intelligence.
Sun 12 Feb - MARK NIGHTINGALE (trb)
Mark is an internationally acclaimed jazz soloist and one of the UK’s most in demand studio musicians. He performs in several groups and bands including his own Quintet and Big Band, The Sound of J&K, and The Andy Panayi Quartet. "Mark Nightingale is one of the most sensational musicians this country has ever produced". Humphrey Lyttelton.
Sun 29 Jan - MATT WATES (sax)
"A truly remarkable young British alto saxophonist" Dave Gelly - Observer. "A performer of boundless ability" Ken Rattenbury - Crescendo. "The most swinging alto player on both sides of the Atlantic" Duncan Lamont. "An incredibly talented musician and composer" John Dankworth . "Matt Wates is a bit of a phenomenon" Dave Gelly - Observer.
Sun 01 Jan - ALAN BARNES (saxes)
One of the most popular jazz musicians in the UK and a winner of numerous awards. "Barnes plays music that was radical 50 years ago - hard, urban post-bop - but he infuses it with so much passion and energy you could believe it was minted on the spot, which is always part of the story with jazz". John L. Walters - The Guardian.
Sun 18 Dec - TENOR MADNESS (saxes)
A real battle of the saxes with two of the finest tenor players in the UK going head to head on some classic jazz standards. Both Kevin Flanagan and Colin Watling run their own quartets with whom they have recorded great CDs. A fantastic night of straight ahead jazz and a brilliant way to finish an amazing year at The Bell.
Sun 04 Dec - ESTELLE KOKOT (voc)
Estelle returned to London after touring South Africa between February 2014 and January 2015 introducing the music of Chico Freeman and Jan Pulsford to a new audience. She recorded The Sound of You album in November 2014 with Chico Freeman on saxophones, Herbie Tsoaeli on bass and Kevin Gibson on drums in Cape Town.
Sun 20 Nov - CHRISTIAN BREWER (sax)
Christian Brewer is a well known jazz saxophonist/composer/educator and he has been a leading voice on the alto saxophone for over 20 years having played at top clubs and festivals worldwide with Peter King (UK), Bob Martin (USA), Dmitry Baevsky (Russia), Tito Alcedo (Spain), Yutaka Shiina (Japan), Jos Matchel (Holland) amongst many.
Sun 06 Nov - STAN SULZMANN (sax)
A veteran of the UK jazz scene, Stan Sulzmann has a rich and varied career that has included playing with musicians as diverse as Gil Evans, Michael Brecker, Kenny Wheeler, Larry Grenadier, Gwilym Simcock and many others as well as having a prolific output as a bandleader. "It simply doesn’t get any better than this" John Kelman.
Sun 23 Oct - LUCA LUCIANO (clt)
“Masterful Clarinet! Luca is a noted Italian clarinettist and composer based in London, having developed an enviable reputation as an instrumental virtuoso around the UK and overseas via recordings and concert hall appearances” - The Musician. A former clarinet professor in the UK and as a recording artist his solo albums have received much critical acclaim.
Sun 09 Oct - RENATO D'AIELLO (sax)
Born in Naples 1959. Renato started his professional career playing with the Giovanni Tommaso big band and then he received a full tuition scolarship from Berklee college of Boston. International tours followed with Tony Scott, Art Farmer and Renato toured Japan with Yoshida Masahiro trio. “Renato is a superlative saxophonist". Ian Carr.
Sun 25 Sep - PAUL HIGGS (trp)
"Shades Of Miles" - Paul presents an evening of tunes by trumpet legend Miles Davis playing well known favourites and less familiar treasures. His subtle and sensitive style combined with an exquisite tone and virtuoso skill perfectly match Miles' work. "Paul Higgs displays a gorgeous tone and unflagging inspiration" Digby Fairweather - BBC.
Sun 11 Sep - ANITA WARDELL (voc)
With a career dating back to the 1990s, Anita has enjoyed more than two decades of success and last year she was pronounced Best Jazz Vocalist at the British Jazz Awards. She has made many critically acclaimed albums whilst commanding the respect of her peers and she has a brand new CD out now called "The Road" on the Specific Jazz label.
Sun 28 Aug - TRACKS
Tracks is the jazz-rock fusion band formed in the late 70's which led on to the formation of Shakatak. Tracks features current Shakatak members Bill Sharpe (keys) and Roger Odell (drs) with ex-member Keith Winter (gtr) plus Martin Elliot (bs). For this Jazznights gig they will play an "acoustic" version of their repertoire.
Sun 14 Aug - CAMERON PIERRE (gtr)
Though his approach is undeniably indebted to that of his two great heroes, Wes Montgomery and George Benson, it is infused with a bounce and vitality that belongs only to him. Touring with Courtney Pine's award-winning band Cameron's guitar style has dazzled many a jazz fan, and he has received glowing reviews from all over the world.
Sun 31 Jul - EMILY SAUNDERS (voc)
A skilful, rhythmically inventive vocalist, Emily balances her virtuosity and adventurous musicianship of the highest order with a catchy pop sensibility that sees her breathy voice dance around infectious melodies that worm their way into your brain and stay there. “Fast rising Brit Jazz Talent” - Metro. “Next big thing” - Evening Standard.
Sun 17 Jul - MICK HANSON (gtr)
Formerly from the local area, Mick moved on to establish himself as one of the major players on the UK jazz guitar scene with his duo performances with Dave Newton and in the trio Organic Matters. His forte is hard-swinging, straight-ahead jazz with a contemporary Blue Note school approach.
Thu 07 Jul - BURES JAZZ FESTIVAL with NICOLAS MEIER, EMILY DANKWORTH & LARRAINE ODELL
NICOLAS - In just a few short years UK-based Swiss guitarist Nicolas Meier has carved a reputation out as one of the UK’s most original guitarists drawing on a love of Turkish, Eastern music, Flamenco, Tango all mixed with jazz. He is also a member of the Jeff Beck Band with whom he tours world wide. EMILY - Given Emily’s musical heritage – granddaughter to Dame Cleo Laine and the late Sir John Dankworth as well as niece to Jacqui Dankworth and daughter to Alec Dankworth – it is no surprise that she has her forte in music. LARRAINE - A co-organiser of the Jazz Festival with husband and Shakatak drummer Roger Odell with whom she also performs at Jazznights at The Bell, Clare.
Sun 03 Jul - ANDY PANAYI (saxes & flts)
Andy plays all the flutes and all the saxophones and currently leads his own groups, both jazz and classical. He has performed or recorded with many singers such as Cleo Laine, Jessye Norman, Paul McCartney, Salena Jones, Elvis Costello, Georgie Fame, Zoot Money, Elaine Delmar, Madeline Bell & Patty Austin to name a few.