Come into the Cool: Ian Smith and the Craig Milverton Trio Saturday 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, broadcaster, writer, academic, composer and trumpet player, and friend of Sladers Yard, returns with his new show: an evening of swinging and romantic jazz, played and sung with the Craig Milverton trio featuring Craig Milverton (piano), Ashley Long (bass) and Nick Millward (drums).

Ian writes:

Ian Smith photo credit bill shakespeare‘It is a delight to be returning to Sladers this January, and to celebrate the recordings I have made with the Craig Milverton Trio.
‘Craig Milverton has been one of my favourite musicians for more than a decade, since I first heard him play piano – at a Saatchi art event in London, of all places. His irresistible style combines frightening technical mastery with perfect taste, and fuses irresistible swing with a seemingly boundless gift for melodic invention.
‘But you need not take my word for it.  Jazz critics from the broadsheets, the BBC and the international jazz press have formed a choir to sing his praises. (See below.)
‘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.’
craig_200pix_contactHumphrey 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”
“A hard swinging pianist whose chops certainly bring to mind, the great Oscar Peterson”
Cadence magazine, USA
“Surely one of the most gifted British pianists with technique and Imagination in abundance” Le Jazz Hot, France

“World class solos… such a gifted all rounder should be cherished by the entire jazz fraternity” Jazz Journal

Ian Smith Trumpet portraitIAN 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!

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