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18th September

The KGB band in concert

We were at The Regent again; this time to review Leicester’s KGB jazz band.

The KGB Jazz band in concert at the Regent Jazz club. Photos by Kevin Gaughan. 18th September 2018.

4th September 2018

Tuesday night is Jazz night

Starting up again, after the August break, The Regent Jazz Club put on a most enjoyable night of live music.

Photos and video by Kevin Gaughan

The Regent Jazz Quartet, at the Regent Jazz Club, 4th September 2018. Photo by Kevin Gaughan.

Tonight the concert was given by the Regent Jazz Quartet – Peter Houtman on keyboard, Richard Everitt on sax, Paula Robinson on bass and Andrew Sime on drums. They were joined, in the second half, by Andy Nicholls on tenor sax.

Richard Everitt at the Regent Jazz Club, 4th September 2018. Photo by Kevin Gaughan.

The set tonight included American Tunes, smooth Bossa Nova and bittersweet ballads and classic numbers. The Regent Club offers a pleasing atmosphere and a congenial ambience and those who attend are friendly and welcoming. The concert room is clean and there is plenty of seating. The bar offers a good selection of beers, ales and wines at reasonable prices.

Paula Robinson (bass) and Andy Nicholls (Sax), at the Regent Jazz Club, 4th September 2018. Photo by Kevin Gaughan.

The Jazz Club’s Autumn Programme has just come out. On 11th September there will be modern jazz jam, which is free admission and all musicians are welcome. Leicester band KGB, led by Gemma Lakin will be the attraction on Tuesday 18th September. On 23rd October, the theme will be the Great American Songbook, and that will be followed on 30th October by an evening of music inspired by Gypsy guitarist Django Reinhardt.

Andy Nicholls and Richard Everitt, at the Regent Jazz Club, 4th September 2018. Photo by Kevin Gaughan.

Full details and tickets prices are on the Regent Jazz website. www.regentjazz.webs.com.

Tuesday nights at The Regent are well attended and there is always a good selection on tunes to be heard. Many of these you will recognise, even if you are not a Jazz aficionado. Tunes by  Gershwin, Ellington, Cole Porter and many of the great composers of the twentieth century.

I think I like about jazz music is that each of the musicians playing in an ensemble are often also soloists and, as in tonight’s quartet, they perform solo pieces as they work their way through a song. At the heart of jazz, is improvisation; the group plays variations on a well-known theme tune. Tonight, for example, the group played Cole Porter’s Night and Day, and the well-known song Mr Bo jangles, and also Gershwin’s Summer Time performed by many famous singers including Billie Holiday, Stevie Wonder, Ray Charles, Nina Simone and many others.

So, a good night out; live music in a congenial venue. And it desn’t cost the Earth.

Watch Kevin Gaughan’s video from tonight’s show.

Jazz fans might also be interested in gigs put on by the Leicester Jazz House.

6th July 2018

Mike Sole

We went to hear a concert by Leicester’s critically acclaimed jazz musician, Mike Sole.

Mile Sole, Attenborough Arts, 6th July 2018

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Regular weekly live jazz

The Regent Jazz club concert. 15th May 2018.

Find out what the Regent Jazz club has to offer.

Read a review of a jazz night at the Regent Jazz Club

Find out about the University of Leicester Big Band, on Facebook.

University of Leicester Big Band at The Loaded Dog. 29th May 2018.

Read about the University of Leicester Big Band.


See also:

Our contents page. It says 2017 but it’s also for 2018, too

Market Harborough. There is a jazz night in Market Harborough on the second Sunday of the month, from 12:30 p.m. Details are available from their website.

 

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