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

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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

 

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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

 

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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

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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

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Jazz Conversations with Craig Milverton Featuring Special Guest Dean Masser

February 7, 2017

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The Music of Dexter Gordon.

Recorded at The Blue Vanguard Jazz Club on November 10th 2016 Dean Masser along with Graig Milverton, Coach York and Al Swainger celebrate the music of Dexter Gordon.

In the podcast Dean reveals how he first came across Dexter and the profound effect it has had on his life and music.

Sit back and enjoy the wonderful stories that Dean shares but also this fine musicians work.

Tunes included in this podcast

Montmartre Rainbow People Cheesecake Fried Bananas

Dean Masser www.deanmasser.co.uk 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

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Jazz Conversations with Craig Milverton Featuring Special Guest Theo Travis

November 6, 2016

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Recorded at The Blue Vanguard Jazz Club on 6th October 2015. The music for this podcast was recorded during the gig and we selected a couple of Theo's tunes as well as a well known standard for you. The conversation between Theo and Craig was recorded prior to the gig.

This short Bio is taken from Theo's website.

Theo Travis was born in Birmingham and moved to London in 1992 where he soon established himself as one of the finest tenor sax players on the British jazz scene. He has led his own jazz quartet for over 20 years, recorded ten albums as leader having composed, arranged and produced the material and performed all over the UK as well as at Ronnie Scott's Club in London over 75 times. He is increasingly known as one of the top saxophone and flute players in the world in Progressive music and has appeared as featured soloist on over 120 albums. With guitarist Robert Fripp he formed Travis & Fripp in 2007 and the duo have toured internationally and recorded 4 albums which Travis co-wrote and produced. In 2006 he became a member of Soft Machine Legacy, taking over from the late Elton Dean, and since then he has co-written and co-produced their 3 albums as well as toured Europe, Japan and Brazil. Travis has performed and recorded extensively with Steven Wilson as featured soloist, and they have worked on 23 albums together. Travis also was a member of Gong from 1999 to 2009 and in 2015 he joined David Gilmour's band for the 'Rattle that Lock' tour. Travis has also performed and recorded with David Sylvian, Bill Nelson, The Tangent, Roger Eno, Keith Tippett, Harold Budd, John Foxx, Steve Hillage, John Etheridge, Cipher and Mick Karn. In 2014 he wrote his first book 'Twice around the world', a diary of blogs from the Steven Wilson world tours of 2012/13 and he has appeared as a walk on artist in film and TV such as 'Notting Hill', the Bond movie 'Die Another Day' and 'Foyle's War'. In 2015 he released his latest solo album 'Transgression' (Esoteric). He lives in London with his wife, son and 16 saxes and flutes.

Tunes in his podcast

Everything Matters - Theo Travis Henry Mancini - The Days Of Wine and Roses Full Moon Rising Part 2 - Theo Travis

Theo Travis www.theotravis.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

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Jazz Conversations with Craig Milverton Featuring Special Guest Brandon Allen

September 26, 2016

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From Perth, Western Australia but has been based in London for the past 16 years. Since arriving in the UK, he has worked with many varied artists and groups/ensembles.

He also work as a session musician, composer and arranger for commercial music and films. His playing has been featured on films including "Alfie"(2004) and "The Look of Love" (2013)

Now, tonight here at the Blue Vanguard Jazz Club Brandon joins Craig, Al and Coach for a great night of music.

Tunes included in this podcast

Falling In Love With Love - Richard Rogers Prelude to a Kiss - Duke Ellington The Night Has A Thousand Eyes - Jerry Brainin

Brandon Allen www.brandonallen.co.uk 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

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Jazz Conversations with Craig Milverton Featuring Special Guest Lee Gibson & Martin Dale

July 19, 2016

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Recorded live at the Blue Vanguard Jazz Club Exeter on June 23rd 2016 Craig, Al and Coach were please to welcome singer Lee Gibson & saxophonist Martin Dale.

We recorded the conversation earlier in the evening and then recorded the complete concert in front of a sell out crowd, we then selected 3 tunes for you.

One with Martin playing with the trio, an original song penned by one of Lee's pupils, Craig and later Coach and Al and finally all altogether.

It was a very warm evening with a great atmosphere, everyone including the audience and musicians really enjoyed the concert, we hope you enjoy the podcast.

Tunes included

That's When I miss You The Most - Michael King On A Clear Day - Alan J Lerner

Lee Gibson www.leegibson.co.uk Martin Dale www.martindalesax.co.uk 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

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Jazz Conversations with Craig Milverton Featuring Special Guest Dave O’Higgins

June 6, 2016

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Craig, Al and Coach were really pleased to welcome the great saxophonist Dave O'Higgins to The Blue Vanguard Jazz Club on 19th May 2016.

Dave drove down from London on a beautiful warm spring day to spend the evening with the audience who eagerly awaited his superb playing for the evening.

Craig and Dave have worked with each other before, however here in the podcast Craig learns about Dave influences, how he got interested in music through Led Zeppelin, his transition from the drums to saxophone, although as you will hear he still uses his drum 'chops'. His composing, arranging and big band work with the BBC and others.

We hope you enjoy the podcast, if you do please leave us a 5 star rating in iTunes.

Tunes featured in the podcast.

I Hear A Rhapsody - George Fragos Darn That Dream - Jimmy Van Heusen Recorda Me - Joe Henderson

Dave O'Higgins http://www.daveohiggins.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

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