Basil Hodge

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Basil is a fine and experienced musician who has established a successful career as a jazz musician. He perfoms in other genres R&B, Funk..
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Basil's interest in music started at the piano at an early age but his quest to become a jazz musician started in earnest when he undertook classical training from late 1978 to early 1983. Basil then studied jazz privately with pianist/composer Tim Richards between 1986 to 1989 before rounding off his training at Goldsmiths College in London, 1991. His professional career started in the summer of 1993 as a freelance musician and by leading his trio. Steadily he rose up the ranks to play with some of the leading UK players such as Jim Mullen, Tony Kofi, Dave O'Higgins, Pete Wareham and Renato D'Aiello. In November 2003 Basil produced and released his debut CD 'My Guardian Angel' featuring his quintet and original compositions, which led to a distribution deal with New Note Records. The CD received critical acclaim and air play. Basil has been leading his bands (trio, quartet and quintet) since 2000 and he has performed in such venues as the Royal Festival Hall, Queen Elizabeth and National Theatre Foyers, the Swanage and Ealing Jazz Festivals, The Vortex Jazz Club, The Crypt, Boxford Fleece, Watermills Jazz, The Bonnington Theatre and the Brighton Jazz Club. Basil also did a three year stint - solo piano/piano duos at The Savoy and Claridges hotels. Basil produced his second album 'Sound Reasoning' which was released on 26 October 2009, distributed by Proper Note Ltd. The CD displays 10 more fresh and exciting originals from Basil's pen which confirms his stature as an established composer. The tunes cover his varied approach to jazz incorporating the blues, groove, latin and modern styles. 'Sound Reasoning' received rave reviews including a 4-star rating from Jack Massarik (Evening Standard), Basil appeared on Claire Martin's Jazz Line Up show (BBC Radio 3) to talk about his new album and musical influences. He also performed a solo piano piece for the programme. Three of the main jazz DJs from Jazz FM, Helen Mayhew, Mike Chadwick and Sarah Ward have all recently played music from Basil's 'Sound Reasoning' CD. Basil continues to work with his quintet, quartet and trio as well as a freelance musician. Basil's partnership with Tony started in 1999 and remains strong and vibrant to this present day. His current quartet featuring Tony Kofi - Saxophones, Larry Bartley - Double bass and Winston Clifford - Drums, have been playing at clubs and festivals throughout the UK since 2006 This band is an exciting tight, hard swinging unit in the post-bop and Afro-Cuban vein. In 2022 Basil took part in some filming work for The Crown Series 6 (Netflix) and for Steve McQueen’s latest project based around Snake Hips Johnson. Basil was the pianist as part of a 1930’s/40’s Big Band in both sessions.

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Steve R
4 years ago, for a Bar / Club / Venue event in London E15 1BX
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5 out of 5

Join Stratford Circus for a very special Valentine’s Day edition of the E15 Jazz Sessions, with pianist Basil Hodge, leading Ed Jones on tenor saxophone, Dave Whitford on double bass and Winston Clifford on drums. An exceptional performer and established composer, Basil has performed with some of leading UK players such as Jim Mullen, Tony Kofi, Dave O’Higgins, Pete Wareham and Renato D’Aiello.

David L
5 years ago, for a Bar / Club / Venue event in Colchester CO6 4PZ
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5 out of 5

On Saturday after the gig, we went to visit my daughter to celebrate her birthday (50th!!), and this is the first time I have had to write about the truly splendid gig. No problems with remembering. The Basil Hodge Quartet had Basil on piano, and alll of the compositions were his. Ed Jones played tenor and soprano saxes. Oli Hayhurst was our bassistl Winston Clifford was the drummer. Dream team. Basil writes great tunes. Some are beautiful tunes, new, but easy to listen to. Some tell a tougher story and tell it well. His piano playing is a bit Monkish (not a bad thing). His solo in one tune, “Deep Down”, raised a smile on Ed’s face as the right hand made an extended counter-melody to the tune. His careful accompaniment was just the right underpinning to the band. The second set opened with a tune I knew pretty well, “The Thirteenth Amendment”. The tune spoke about the abolition of slavery in the USA, and about unfinished business. The bass entry can be over-egged, but not by Oli. He was brilliantly simple, direct, and a little scary. Everybody absolutely blew their asses off, the audience clapped and hollered afterwards, and one of the musicians said loud enough to hear, ‘follow that’.

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Basil's Song list

Lady Marmalade Fm
We Are Family A
Valarie Eb
Ain’t Nobody Em
I Feel Good C or D
Mustang Sally C
Mas Que Nada Fm or Gm?
Disco Inferno C
Superstition Em
Signed Seal Delivered F
Master Blaster Cm
I Wish Ebm
Car Wash Dm
What’s Going on E
I Heard it Through the Grapevine Em
Simpley The Best F
Street Life Fm
All Night Long G or Ab?
Get Lucky (Original Key)
Walking on Sunshine (Original key)
Inner City Blues Ebm
Is This Love F#m
Knock On Wood E
All Night Long G or Ab?
Boogie Oogie Oogie
We’re Lost in Music
Young Hearts Run Free – Candi Staton
You Can’t Hurry Love
Stop in the Name of Love
I want your love chic A
My Girl C
I want to break free ( Queen)E
Son of a Preacher Man A
Midnight Hour E
Proud Mary D
Monkey Man A
Do it to the music (Raw Silk)
Thinking of You Bb
We are family A
Waiting in Vain C
Feel like making love -C
I want your love chic A
Pressure drop ( toots ska version) Ab
My Girl C
Natural Woman Bb
I want to break free ( Queen)E
Long Train Running Gm
I Love You More than You'll Ever Know
It Don't Mean a Thing
Almost Like Being Love
Some Day My Prince Will Come
Recada Bossa Nova
Love For Sale
Isn't She Lovely
Body and Soul
A Nightingale Sang in Berkeley Square
It Could Happen to You
The Girl from Ipenema
Once I love
If I were a Bell
The Song is Ended
I Remember April
Nice Work if you Can Get It
There is no Greater Love
Fly Me to the Moon
My Foolish Heart
Softly as in a Morning Sunrise
You and the Night and the Music
Willow Weep for Me
Lulabye in Birdland
Love Walked In
In a Sentimental Mood
House of Jade
Sensations in G
My Guardian Angel
It's Up to You
All Blues
Hi Heel Sneakers
Gee Baby Ain't I Good to You
A Mode for McCoy
Tear of Joy
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