September 2015 - St Peter's By The Waterfront.

" By the thrid piece I knew it was going to be a good night, just by watching the band members look over at each other and then smile, it was apparent that this Jazz band got as much enjoyment out of making music and playing together, as the audience did watching and listening to them"

"Everyone was totally captured by this cool, young lady with the shock of pink hair, and matching pink shoes"

"This wonderful quartet played their way through some really intricate meoldies and kept the audience captivated"

"Hannah Horton brought jazz into the modern world.....it was obvious she is a lady who is firmly set in the modern world with just one foot in the past and is happy doing what she is doing, which is playing Jazz on stage with friends who are also bandmates"

"Hannah Horton looks nothing like a Jazz saxophonist, she is young, smart, pretty, and talented"

 

May 2014 - Hot Numbers.

"Hannah Horton is a perfect example of just how to play Baritone and Tenor Saxophones."

 

February 2013 - Jazz Nights, guest artist. Review by David Coxshall.

Hannah Horton opened her first set with some great tunes which included:
Sugar which is an album by jazz saxophonist Stanley Turrentine. The album is one of Turrentine’s best received and was greeted with universal acclaim on release and on subsequent reissues consequently the number has become a jazz classic. A bluesy version from Hannah on the baritone saxophone
Sam River’s Beatrice from the album Fuchsia Swing Song has become an important jazz Jazznights Hannah Horton 030212 (84)standard, particularly for tenor saxophonists consequently Hannah switched to the tenor for this number but was unusually played with a Latin rhythm at a medium tempo.
Charlie Parker’s 1951 My Little Suede Shoes was a very refreshing and interesting version in that it was played at a medium tempo calypso rhythm
Someday My Prince Will Come (1937) Music by Frank E. Churchill ans Lyrics from Larry More. In 1937 Walt Disney presented his first feature-length, animated film, It score, written by Leigh Harline, Frank Churchill, and Paul J. Smith and was nominated for an Oscar in 1938. Interesting that a Walt Disney film should inspire a jazz classic. Although Miles Davis is usually given credit for introducing this Disney movie piece into the jazz repertoire, Donald Byrd, was one of the first to record it in 1957. Hannah played this on the baritone and on a personal note not enough 3/4 time numbers are played todayJazznights Hannah Horton 030212 (48 A)
Wave (1967) by Antonio Carlos Jobim. Jobim’s tune caught the public’s fancy when it appeared in the early-1960s, but it didn’t take off with jazz players until later in the decade. One of the first jazz recordings was by pianist Oscar Peterson in 1969 with a large ensemble consisting of his rhythm section plus a contingent of German musicians. That same year tenor saxophonist Stanley Turrentine did an especially engaging version for Blue Note. Hannah played a superb medium tempo version in the prescribed Bossa Nova rhythm. Hannah’s first class performance brought her first set to an end.

 

Hannah Horton then came back for her welcome second set and played, amongst others:
Tenor Madness is a jazz album by Sonny Rollins. It is most notable for its title track, the only known recording featuring both Rollins and John Coltrane. It was originally a twelve-minute duet between Rollins and Coltrane! Hannah though did not play her Jazznights Hannah Horton 030212 (86)tenor but switched to baritone and unfortunately it was not 12 minutes long.
Forget Me Not was the title number of her debut album performing alongside John Crawford on piano, Nic France on drums and Rob Statham on bass. A quality and funky version on the baritone and of course superb support from the drummer who knows all about jazz funk!
The Peacocks written by Jimmy Rowles and featured on the But Beautiful album in 1996 with The Bill Evans Trio Featuring Stan Getz. A great illustration of the dexterity that Hannah Horton has on Jazznights Hannah Horton 030212 (58)the tenor saxophone.
Kazamidori written by Hannah, it was originally entitled @Surfing The Thermals’ but because of the possible undertones it was re-named Kazamidori which means Weathercock in Japanese. This was a grand number which although an original number gelled with the band very ably supported by Roger and with 4 bar trades between Hannah and Simon Brown.
Thad Jones’s A Child Is Born gave us another opportunity for a gentle waltz tune with Hannah playing baritone – another number featured on Hannah’s new album Forget Me Not
On the Sunny Side of the Street (1930) is a song with music composed by Jimmy McHugh and lyrics by Dorothy Fields, which was introduced in the Jazznights Hannah Horton 030212 (49)Broadway musical Lew Leslie’s International Revue, starring Harry Richman and Gertrude Lawrence. (Jimmy McHugh is the published composer of “On the Sunny Side of the Street,” but there is at least a little doubt as to the song’s pre-publication origin. There are rumours that “On the Sunny Side of the Street,” “I Can’t Give You Anything But Love,” and “If I Had You” were originally Fats Waller compositions, ones he had composed and then sold the rights to for quick cash.)
Sorry about the rambling notes but this was a superb finale to a lovely evening with Hannah Horton and the Jazznights Trio. We suspect that she will be at Jazznights in the Jazznights Hannah Horton 030212 (102)future.

 

Jazznights presents the best in modern jazz at:
The Function Suite, The Cherry Tree, Knowl Green, Belchamp St Paul, Suffolk, CO10 7BY.
Tel: 01787 237263 Admission £8. Doors 7.30pm. Music 8.00-10.30pm.

 

 

 

 

 

November 2012 - Forget Me Not album review by John Etheridge, jazz guitar legend.

“Hannah has a warmly attractive ‘vocal’ sound on the tenor and baritone saxophone combined with lovely unhackneyed phrasing”

 

October 2012 - Jazz by The Waterfront, St Peters by The Waterfront, Ipswich.

Hi Hannah , just to confim that we enjoyed your playing last night, the whole audience was enthused by the energy in the playing.  It was a great Jazz night for us. We hope to see you again in 2013.

 

October 2011 - Braughing Music Scoiety, Braughing.

"Hannah Horton’s Jazz Quartet brought a set of pieces to chill out to, making the most of the church acoustic. Alternating on baritone and tenor saxophones, Hannah led the band with panache, bringing originality to well known numbers, and presenting some of her own compositions.
A glass of wine was the perfect accompaniment to creativity which expanded Take Five into infinity and rhythmically re-invented Some Day my Prince will come. I wish I knew turned out to be the title of a tantalisingly familiar piece – O yes, the signature tune of Film 94 etc.
Rob on bass worked with progressive freedom as the evening went on, whilst keyboard and sax added virtuoso solos. A strong keyboard introduction to Country confirmed an affection for this piece , and the drum introduction to Duke Ellington’s Caravan will linger in my memory, setting this train in spectacularly hectic motion.
Hannah’s composition Autumn La Jaille, inspired by a trip to France, was full of mellow atmosphere, in contrast to the funky Forget-me-not, a tribute to her grandmother. Her final composition, Star Gazing, explored the warm baritone sound, preceding a lively finale with bass and keyboard solos and lead tenor sax On the Sunny Side of the Street.
That was a great chill out evening."