Jazz Conversations with Craig Milverton Special Guest John Etheridge

July 7, 2018

On 14th June 2018 The Blue Vanguard, Gypsy Hill Hotel, Pinhoe, Exeter was proud to host the Legendary Guitarist John Etheridge with the Craig Milverton Trio.

John Etheridge rightly enjoys a glowing reputation throughout the jazz world and beyond and has been described by Pat Metheny as, "One of the best guitarists". He is a prodigiously gifted and creative player whose approach to music can only be described as 'eclectic' as he refuses to accommodate or even acknowledge artificial musical boundaries. His range is well illustrated by his years of touring and recording with the iconic Stephane Grappelli while simultaneously doing likewise with the legendary jazz-fusion group, The Soft Machine. John is equally at home on acoustic and electric guitar and his willingness to engage with so many styles is matched by his ability to excel in any of them. He has played with John Williams, Yehudi Menuhin, Dizzie Gillespie, Herb Ellis, Mundell Lowe, Nigel Kennedy, Pat Metheny, Birelli Lagrene, Barney Kessel, Vic Juris and countless others. John's ability as an outstanding composer is sometimes overlooked but he is often under pressure from audiences to feature more of his own material.

As you will hear not only do Craig and John enjoy chatting but also playing together, we hope you injoy this enjoyable informal chat as well.







Jazz Conversations with Craig Milverton Special Guest Nat Steele

June 14, 2018

Nat Steele was the guest at The Blue Vanguard Jazz Club 17th May 2018 for the gig with Craig Milverton, before the gig they chat about their life and work.

Featuring Coach York on drums and Al Swainger on bass.

Nathaniel Steele is a jazz vibraphone player and drummer based in London. Since his arrival on the scene, he has quickly gained a reputation as a talented musician to watch out for, described by Clark Tracey as "one of the best vibes players this country has ever produced." Principally self-taught, and following in the style of Milt Jackson and Cal Tjader, Nat takes a two mallet approach to improvisation, focusing on melodic interpretation and a great swing feel.









Jazz Conversations with Craig Milverton Special Guests Amy Roberts and Richard Exall Coach York Al Swainger

April 19, 2018

Amy Roberts and Richard Exall came to The Blue Vanguard Jazz Club 29th March 2018 for the gig with Craig Milverton, before the gig they chat about their life and work.

Featuring Coach York on drums and Al Swainger on bass.

Amy Roberts

Amy, from near Penzance, West Cornwall, is a multi award-winning flautist, clarinettist and saxophonist now based in Northamptonshire.

Voted winner of the Miscellaneous Category in the 2015 British Jazz Awards, and the Rising Star Category in the British Jazz Awards in both 2009 and 2011, Amy has earned an enviable reputation throughout not only the UK but also abroad.

She has worked in prestigious venues and festivals all over the UK and across Europe and has become known on the jazz circuit as a charismatic performer. Amy currently leads several bands which feature some of the most exciting musicians on the jazz scene. She also regularly makes guest appearances with other highly acclaimed ensembles and internationally celebrated orchestras.

In 2007 she was offered a place to study classical saxophone at the prestigious Royal Northern College of Music in Manchester. In July 2011 she graduated with a First Class Honours Degree, and was awarded a high mark of 89% in her final recital held in the RNCM Concert Hall. She studied saxophone with Rob Buckland performed with the RNCM Big Band under the direction of Mike Hall. Amy was featured with the RNCM Big Band performing the Artie Shaw Clarinet Concerto in December 2010. During her final year of study, she was awarded the Martyn Edwards Bursary which was a scholarship for outstanding jazz performance. She was also selected as the only woodwind student to perform in the finals of the RNCM Gold Medal Competition, the highest level competition at the college.

She has been involved in jazz education as part of the Best Of Young Jazz Project from 2009 to 2015 as a mentor for young people in the Worcestershire area. During the scheme Amy worked alongside phenomenal bass player and educator Steve Berry, to inspire and teach the students taking part in the BoYJAcademy. She has also been involved in educating young saxophonists in Anglesey during their Summer Residential Course in 2011 and 2012 run by the Local Education Authority.

Amy was honoured to be featured and used as a 'cover girl' in the Autumn 2011 Clarinet and Saxophone Society Magazine, after being interviewed by upcoming writer and musician William Upton. She has since been a featured artist in JazzWise, PhoneBox, Lady, Just Jazz Magazines and various newspapers, as well as taking part in interviews on several regional BBC radio stations, PlayjazzUK, Harrow Radio and RadioNeneValley.

In January 2011 she became the first female musician in history to join the Big Chris Barber Band and spent  four years touring with them throughout some of the most highly regarded concert venues in Europe. Some highlights of being in the band include a 3 day stint at DunluceCastle in Northern Ireland as the support act for Van Morrison and his band, and playing live for TV in Stuttgart, Germany. At the end of 2014 she left the Barber band to focus on her own career.

As a freelance musician Amy’s performances have included concerts with the Pasadena Roof Orchestra, Matthew Herbert Big Band, Pete Long's Echos of Ellington, Keith Nichols Blue Devils Orchestra and Harry Strutters Hot Rhythm Orchestra. With the London Swing Orchestra Amy has performed all over the UK as well as in Monaco, Greece and Switzerland.

 She has been lucky enough to play alongside highly regarded musicians including Alan Barnes, Bruce Adams, Remi Harris, Roy Willliams, Greg Abate, Mike Hall, Enrico Tomasso, Jeff Barnhart (USA), Chris Farlow, John Crocker, Andy Fairweather Low, and many more.

 In 2016 she was part of a special band put together to support the incredible talent Alex Vargas, an R&B Soul singer from Los Angeles, USA during his trip to the UK. She’s also part of powerhouse trombonist Ian Bateman’s soul and funk group “Kick Ass Brass” on baritone sax and piccolo.

Amy's current projects include the ‘Magnificent 7 Jazz Band’, ‘The Hallam/Roberts Jazz Five’ and the ‘Richard Exall/Amy Roberts Quintet’.


Richard Exall

Richard studied clarinet at the Royal College of Music with international soloist Michael Collins. Self-taught on saxophone, he formed his own jazz quartet and big band while still at college and quickly became a familiar figure on the London jazz scene, playing with a wide range of bands and artists from the National Youth Jazz Orchestra to the Ink Spots.
After leaving college Richard juggled a career in the classical and jazz worlds, playing with the London Symphonietta among others, and finding regular work in the West End. Joining forces with American trombone player Rob Killips, Richard was a founder member of the jazz quintet 'Root Position', which soon established itself as one of Europe’s best young jazz groups by winning awards at both the Getxo and Leverkusen international Jazz Festivals, and regularly performing at Pizza Express Jazz Club (Dean St), Blackheath Concert Halls and throughout the UK.

In the 1997 Richard toured the United States and Europe with Jesus Alemany’s renowned band Cubanismo, in which he had the honour of being the only non-Cuban member. He was also a regular musician with Orchestra  La Clave, Robin Jones’ King Salsa, Viramundo, Roberto Pla and Tumbaito. Richard worked alongside many of the great names in the latin music world including Carlos Del Puerto, Mario Rivera, Orlando Watussi, Tito Allen, Alfredo Rodriguez and Tata Guines.


Jazz Conversations with Craig Milverton Special Guest Steve Buckley Coach York Al Swainger

April 19, 2018

Recorded at The Blue Vanguard Jazz Club Exeter 22nd Feruary 2018.

Craig chats to his special Guest Steve Buckley, with Coach York on drums, Al Swainger bass.

Steve began studying the clarinet at the age of 10, first with Cyril Chapman (clarinetist with the Royal Philharmonia Orchestra) and later with Colin Courtney (clarinet professor at the Royal College of Music). He was a member of the Bromley Symphony Orchestra from ages 14 to 18 playing anything from Haydn and Mozart to Stravinsky and Shostakovich.  At 16 he took up the saxophone with a pile of Charlie Parker 78’s as his main guide and inspiration. He completed an Earth Sciences degree at Leeds University before deciding to become a professional musician. 

He was a key member of Loose Tubes (the highly acclaimed 21 piece jazz orchestra that became the focal point of the British jazz renaissance of the 80s).  During this time, he was closely associated with the London  African and Latin American scenes, playing with bands such as Taxi Pata Pata (a top Zairean Soukous outfit) , Bosco D’Olivera’s Grupo Folia and Roberto Pla’s Latin Jazz Ensemble.  His own projects included Orchestra Rafiki, co-led by long-time associate Chris Batchelor and featuring Kenyan Nyatiti player Ayub Ogada and Ghanaian drummer Nana Appiah, and also the Pigs Head Sons, another Buckley/Batchelor  collaboration. He toured and recorded with Ashley Slater’s Microgroove, Norman Cook’s Beats International and the contemporary classical ensemble Jeremy Peyton-Jones’ Regular Music.


Jazz Conversations with Craig Milverton Special Guest Andy Panayi Coach York Al Swainger

December 2, 2017

Jazz Conversations with Craig Milverton

Special Guest Andy Panayi

Coach York Al Swainger

  Recorded at The Blue Vanguard Jazz Club 26th October 2017


Andy Panayi is an exceptionally gifted jazz musician, skilled in performance, composition and arranging.
He plays all the flutes and all the saxophones and currently leads his own groups, both jazz and classical. He also writes commissioned works and compositions & arrangements for his own ensembles.

Andy has performed and recorded with many singers such as; Shirley Bassey, Jessye Norman, Paul McCartney, Seth MacFarlane, Elaine Paige, Salena Jones, Elvis Costello, Georgie Fame, Peter Skellen, Zoot Money, Irene Reed, Elaine Delmar, Helen Shapiro, Madeline Bell & Patty Austin to name a few.

He’s also worked alongside or supported Abdulla Ibrahim (Dollar Brand), Freddie Hubbard, Phil Woods, Wynton Marsalis and the Lincoln Centre Jazz Orchestra, Joe Lovano, Roy Hargrove, Louie Bellson Octet & Big Band, Ed Thigpen, Jiggs Whigham, Billy Cobham, Indo-Jazz Fusions run by Johnny Mayer, Vale of Glamorgan Contemporary Music Festival, RPO, BBC Concert Orchestra, LSSO, The Moscow City Ballet, Ronnie Scott & his Side-men, Scott Hamilton, Ken Peplowski, Pepper Adams, Kenny Baker, Ted Heath/ Don Lusher Big Band, BBC Radio Big Band, Bert Kaemphert Orchestra, Stan Tracey Big Band -Septet – Octet, John Dankworth & Cleo Laine, The John & Alec Dankworth Generation Big Band, Humphrey Lyttelton and many more.

An Educator

The Associated Board of the Royal Schools of Music (ABRSM) & Trinity College London Exam Boards.
Andy works as a consultant/composer/arranger for the ABRSM & Trinity College London specialising in developing the Jazz & Classical syllabuses for future examinations. He is a professor at The Royal College of Music and The Royal Academy of Music in London and the Birmingham Conservatoire.


Andy has received The Marty Paich Arranging Award, The John Dankworth Soloist Award, The Worshipful Company of Musicians Jazz Medal and the British Jazz Awards for his Jazz Flute performances.









Jazz Conversations with Craig Milverton Featuring Special Guest Geoff Simkins with Al Swainger & Coach York

October 24, 2017

This podcast was recorded on 21st September at The Blue Vanguard Jazz Club, The Gypsy Hill Hotel, Exeter with Superb Alto Saxman Geoff Simkins, together with Craig are Al Swainger and Coach York.

Craig and Geoff chat before the gig about his life and work in beteween the conversaton they play 3 numbers with Coach and Al for us, we hope you enjoy the podcast.


Geoff has been playing jazz since his early teens originally as a drummer but quickly switching to Alto Saxophone.

As a professional musician since 1977, he has played at concerts, clubs and festivals in all parts of the U.K. and has worked abroad extensively in Europe, Scandinavia, West Africa, Bahrein, Dubai, and the Far East. Recordings include albums with his own quartet, two L.P's with Danny Moss (which were voted among the top records of the year by Jazz Journal), albums with Billy Butterfield and Yank Lawson, and most recently with Dave Cliff including the much praised C.D's 'The Music of Tadd Dameron' released in 1997 and the marvellous duo and quartet recording of the previous year - 'Sipping at Bells '.

Geoff has appeared many times on B.B.C. Radio's Jazz Club and Jazz Parade and was the subject of a television documentary made by T.V.S. Geoff leads his own quartet featuring Nikki Iles, Simon Woolf and Martin France, works as often as possible with Dave Cliff in a variety of settings from duo to quintet, and is increasingly in demand as a guest at jazz clubs and festivals throughout the U.K. He often works with American musicians who are visiting this country and over the years has played with such luminaries as Art Farmer, Bobby Shew, Al Cohn, Tal Farlow, Slide Hampton, Warren Vache, Al Grey, Kenny Davern, Bill Berry, Al Casey, Howard Alden, Ruby Braff, Bill Coleman and Conte Candoli. Geoff is a respected teacher and as well as running a very successful improvisation course at Sussex University, he is a regular tutor at the famous Glamorgan Summer School. In 1994 he was invited to be a tutor at the Czech Jazz Summer School and appeared at clubs in Prague and on Czech Television. Geoff has also been involved in many of the Jazz In Education projects which have brought live music to schools throughout the South and Midlands.


Craig Milverton www.craigmilverton.co.uk

Al Swainger www.alswainger.com

Coach York www.gyork.co.uk/coachyork.htm


Jazz Conversations with Craig Milverton Featuring Special Guest Derek Nash with Al Swainger & Coach York

October 21, 2017

This podcast was recorded on 17th August 2017 at The Blue Vanguard Jazz Club, Gypsy Hill Hotel, Pinhoe, Exeter. With 2 Great Saxophonists, Derek Nash.


At the forefront of the British Jazz movement, Derek Nash is "one of the most versatile saxophonists in the UK today" (The Guardian

Derek has been a member of the Jools Holland Rhythm and Blues Orchestra since 2004, has led Sax Appeal for over thirty years, fronts the funk/fusion band Protect the Beat, and is a member of the Ronnie Scott's Blues Explosion.

He is renowned for his energetic, vibrant, passionate and charismatic performances on all four saxophones - from sonorous baritone to soaring soprano - and is an award-winning performer having received the John Dankworth Award and the British Jazz Award (Small Group) for Sax Appeal. He received Best Jazz CD of the Year for Young Lions, Old Tigers with the late Spike Robinson, receiving the same British Jazz Award for "Joyriding" by The Derek Nash Acoustic Quartet in 2012. He regularly appears in the British Jazz awards nominations in several categories (Alto/Tenor and Baritone) and was nominated for Jazz Musician of the Year by the Global Music Foundation.

He has recorded three solo CDs - Setting New Standards (1998) alongside Clark Tracey, Alec Dankworth and Graham Harvey; Snapshot (2009) with Jan Lundgren, Geoff Gascoyne and Steve Brown; and Joyriding (2012) with the multi-award winning pianist Dave Newton, and Geoff Gascoyne and Sebastiaan de Krom.

With the Jools Holland Rhythm and Blues Orchestra, Derek performs approaching 100 gigs per year, including for 65,000 people at the Cardiff Millennium Stadium and for over 100,000 at the Glastonbury Festival, where he was a featured soloist, and he also appears on the last seven CDs.  He has performed live and on TV with such greats as Eric Clapton, Amy Winehouse, Emeli Sande, Jessie J, Sir Paul McCartney, Solomon Burke, Annie Lennox, Eddie Floyd, Sam Moore, Madeleine Peyroux, Roger Daltrey, David Sanborn, Eddi Reader and Tom Jones.


Tonight Derek performs with Craig Milverton on piano, Coach Yorkon drums and Al Swainger on bass.

Before the concert they got together to chat about Derek's very interesting live and play 3 numbers for us.


We hope you enjoy the podcast.

Derek Nash www.dereknash.com

Craig Milverton www.craigmilverton.co.uk

Al Swainger www.alswainger.com

Coach York www.gyork.co.uk/coachyork.htm



Jazz Conversations with Craig Milverton and Special Guest Deelee Dubé

June 3, 2017

25th May saw the first visit to The Blue Vaguard Jazz Club by singer songwritter and musician Deelee Dube.

Deelee is the winner of the Sarah Vaughan International Competitionin 2016, she has just signed an album deal with Concorde Records.

Together with Craig Al and Coach she chats about her work, how she started and what the future holds. They play 3 numbers together, so please sit back and enjoy.

Songs included on the podcast:

Cherokee - Ray Noble

Darn That Dream - Jimmy Van Heusen

Pennies From Heavan - Arthur Johnston


Deelee Dubé http://www.deeleedube.com

Sarah Vaugh Competition http://www.sarahvaughancompetition.com/#pastcompetitions

Craig Milverton www.craigmilverton.co.uk

Blue Vanguard www.bluevanguard.co.uk

Al Swainger www.alswainger.com

Coach York www.gyork.co.uk/coachyork.htm



Jazz Conversations with Craig Milverton and Special Guest Steve Fishwick

May 20, 2017

One of the great British Trumpeters Steve Fishwick joined Craig for this podcast with Al Swainger and Coach York at The Blue Vanguard Jazz Club Exeter.

Steve chats with Craig about his life and work and with the trio make some great music.

Tunes in thus podcast

Soul Train - Tad Dameron

Lennies Tristano - Lenny's Pennies


Steve Fishwick http://www.stevefishwickjazz.com
Craig Milverton www.craigmilverton.co.uk
Blue Vanguard www.bluevanguard.co.uk
Al Swainger www.alswainger.com
Coach York www.gyork.co.uk/coachyork.htm


Jazz Conversations with Craig Milverton Featuring Special Guests Terry Quinney & Andy Urquhart ‘The Sound of Blue Note’

February 27, 2017

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Terry Quinney & Andy Urquhart have been touring and have recorded ‘The Sound of Blue Note’, tonight they play at The Blue Vanguard Jazz Club with the Craig Milverton Trio, comprising of Coach York on drums and Al Swainger on bass. Unfortunately the audio is not up to our normal standard but the music makes up for any short comings. Terry & Andy chat with Craig before the gig and discuss their love of the music and style of Blue Note. My Groove Your Move - Hank Mobley My One and Only Love - Guy Wood Tell It Like It Is - Wayne Shorter Andy Urquhart https://www.facebook.com/andy.urquhart.73 Terry Quinney www.terryquinneymusic.wordpress.com Craig Milverton www.craigmilverton.co.uk Blue Vanguard www.bluevanguard.co.uk Al Swainger www.alswainger.com Coach York www.gyork.co.uk/coachyork.htm