Ian Smith sings Fred Astaire 21 January

Come into the Cool at Sladers Yard!

Ian Smith and the Craig Milverton Jazz Trio

play the Fred Astaire and Chet Baker Songbooks

Saturday 21 January 2017

Tickets: £15 or £30 with dinner before. Dinner from 6.30pm, Jazz from 8pm.

Please phone 01308 459511 to book.

Featuring for the first time the inimitable Ian Smith on vocals as well as trumpet and verbal asides, launching the songs from their first CD, ‘Cheek to Cheek’, four of the very finest jazz musicians perform some of the most popular jazz ever played.

Ian Smith Trumpet portrait

Ian Smith, broadcaster, writer, academic, composer and trumpet player, writes:
‘It is a delight to be returning to Sladers this January, and to celebrate Ian Smith photo credit bill shakespearethe recordings I have made with the Craig Milverton Trio, featuring Craig Milverton (piano), Ashley Long (bass) and Nick Millward (drums).

‘Craig Milverton has been one of my favourite musicians for more than a decade, since I first heard him play piano. His irresistible style combines frightening technical mastery with perfect taste, and fuses irresistible swing with a seemingly boundless gift for melodic invention.
‘The title of our album, “Cheek to Cheek”, is a clue:  not to the conditions in the studio, which was admittedly small, but to the love we share for the great popular songs of the twentieth century, and for classic performers like Fred Astaire and Frank Sinatra.
‘We combined this repertoire with more than a passing nod to the great West Coast or “Cool School” musicians – Chet Baker, of course, and Art Pepper, Zoot Sims and the less well known but almost equally brilliant Jack Sheldon.
‘The result, we think, is a musical mix that will bring a smile to any audience.’
Humphrey Littleton described the Craig Milverton Trio as “a truly great British trio”, and Craig as “a master of whatever he chooses to perform”.   
Digby Fairweather calls him “Britain’s nearest to Oscar Peterson”.  
Dave Gelly, in the Observer, says he is: “An extravagantly gifted pianist with an unrivaled swing”.

IAN SMITH  has played trumpet with talents as varied as Gwyneth Herbert, Hank Wangford, Alan Barnes, Vimala Rowe and Michael Horowitz. He has lectured on Modern and Renaissance Poetry at universities on both sides of the Atlantic while also playing jazz regularly with some of the leading players in Britain and Europe. He has performed at leading jazz festivals and on BBC Radio 3 and 4. A regular star performer at Sladers Yard, his events are always red letter days. A published writer, Ian Smith and Alan Barnes wrote and performed in an acclaimed BBC Radio 4 drama, Blood Count, about the final recording of Duke Ellington. 

Sladers Yard’s jazz evenings bring together some of this country’s most brilliant players in intimate evenings with wonderful food cooked by our Licensed Café chefs. On Saturday evening, you can choose from a three-course dinner menu. The £15 ticket price buys a full main course from a choice of seafood, free-range meat or vegetarian/vegan dishes. A wonderful selection of starters, desserts, cheese and wines are also available

Phone 01308 459511 to book now!

About Sladers Yard

Sladers Yard is an art gallery and cafe in West Bay, Dorset. Our art gallery showcases contemporary British Art, Furniture and Craft whilst the licensed cafe serves fresh, locally produced homecooked food and drinks.
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