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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Jazz Conversations with Craig Milverton and Special Guest Ant Law

May 16, 2016

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Craig Milverton along with Coach York and Al Swainger were pleased to welcome guitarist Ant Law who took a break from his UK tour to play with them on 28th April 2016.

Ant was mentioned back in podcast No 2 by Nigel Price as a guitarist to watch and listen too so it was great to welcome Ant to the Blue Vanguard Jazz Club.

Ant who has two albums out under his own name and works with many groups within the UK, he is a regular with Tim Garland working with Jason Rebello, Asaf Sirkis and on his latest tour with Asaf and Matt Ridley.

On this podcast Ant plays three numbers with Craig. Al and Coach, one of his own, Trivia Phobia.

Tunes featured in this podcast

Trivia Phobia - Ant Law Eternal Triangle - Sonny Stitt

Ant Law www.antlaw.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 and Special Guest Bruce Adams

March 30, 2016

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Bruce Adams was the guest of Craig Milverton at The Blue Vanguard Jazz Club on February 25th 2016 along with Coach York drums and Al Swainger bass.

BRUCE ADAMS (Trumpet and Flugelhorn): Not only is Bruce one the jazz scene’s most dramatic and stimulating performers, he is also a tremendously affable companion. A band-room with the Glaswegian Mr. Adams present is a happy and riotous place. His stream of jokes, anecdotes, and hilarious observations reflect an early immersion in show-biz, and a keen eye and ear for the many quirks of human nature. His stories are populated by a sort of Scottish-Runyonesque cast of characters, some of them long-gone pals of his father and uncle, who were both professional musicians. However, on stage, Bruce Adams takes the playing side of things very seriously. And he cut his musical teeth on solid commercial work – on cruise liners, in dance halls, music halls, and even worked in support of comedy legends like, Tony Hancock and Freddie Starr. He has been a regular jazz poll-winner and with his spectacular range and power on the instrument has been in demand as a lead, and jazz trumpet man. Bruce has often worked as a special guest soloist with both the Scottish Radio Orchestra and the BBC Big Band. Bruce’s long-running musical partnership with saxophonist Alan Barnes has produced many plaudits and acclaimed recordings.

Tunes featured in this podcast

I'll Close My Eyes - Billy Reed Sometime Ago - Serge Mihanovich Its You Or No One - Julius Kerwin Stein

Bruce Adams http://www.bruce-adams.co.uk/Bruce_Adams 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 John Parricelli

January 31, 2016

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Craig, Coach and Al were very pleased to welcome guitartist John Parricelli for the first time at The Blue Vanguard Jazz Club for this Jazz Conversations podcast on 28th January 2016.

John Parricelli began his career as a guitarist in 1982 and was one of the founding members of the British big band Loose Tubes, with whom he recorded three albums. He has worked with Annie Whitehead, Kenny Wheeler, Norma Winstone, Lee Konitz, Paul Motian, Tim Whitehead, Chris Laurence, Eddie Parker, Peter Erskine, Vince Mendoza, Mark Lockheart, Julian Argüelles, Iain Ballamy's Acme, Mark Lockheart Quartet, Andy Sheppard, Gerard Presencer, Colin Towns, Martin Speake Quintet, and Jazz singer Stacey Kent among others.

In 2011 he appeared on stage with Peter Erskine and John Paul Jones at the Royal Opera House, London in the new opera Anna Nicole.

Tunes featured

So Tender - Keith Jarrett Scrim - John Parricelli Alba - John Parricelli

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 Greg Abate

November 20, 2015

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First time visitor Greg Abate was the guest of Craig, Coach and Al at The Blue Vanguard Jazz Club for this Jazz Conversations podcast on 12th November 2015.

Greg Abate jazz saxophonist, flutist, composer continues as an International Jazz/Recording Artist with 225 days a year touring the globe. In the mid 70’s after finishing a four year program at Berklee College Of Music, Greg played lead alto for the Ray Charles Orchestra for 2 years. In 1978 Greg formed his group Channel One which was a favorite in the New England area and from there had the opportunity to play tenor sax with the revived Artie Shaw Orchestra under leadership of Dick Johnson from 1986 to ’87. Following this experience Greg ventured out as post hard bop soloist playing Jazz Festivals, Jazz Societies and Jazz Clubs throughout the U.S. Canada and abroad, including most of Europe, UK, and Moscow and Georgia Russia. Greg’s newest release The Greg Abate Quintet features Phil Woods,Jesse Green, Evan Gregor and Bill Goodwin.

In this podcast Greg talks about his work, from starting his playing on clarinet, his time at Berklee and lately with the late Phil Woods.

A truly great player, if you missed the concert you missed a special night.

Look out for a new recording from Craig and Greg in the near future on Craigs label.

Tunes included on this podcast:

Stablemates - Horace Silver Contemplation - Greg Abate Red Fish Boulevard - Greg Abate

Greg Abate www.gregabate.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 and Special Guest Saxophonist Vasilis Xenopoulos

October 31, 2015

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Born in Athens Vasilis started playing clarinet and piano at 9 years of age moving on to saxophone at 13. Tonight he visits the Blue Vanguard Jazz Club to play and chat with Craig Milverton accompanied by Coach York and Al Swainger.

In 1999 Vasilis was awarded a jazz scholarship to the prestigious Berklee College of Music in Boston MA. There he studied under Billy Pierce, George Garzone and Andy McGhee.

He moved then to London and has been a stalwart on the scene ever since.

A really great night was preceded by the recording of this podcast, Vasilis is not only a great player but also has a great sense of humour, we hope you enjoy the podcast.

Tunes included in the podcast

Uh Huh - Hank Mobley Kenny Barron - Sun Shower Sonny Rollins - Pent up House

Vasilis Xenopoulos http://www.vasilisx.com Craig Milverton website 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 Ian Ellis

October 10, 2015

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Jazz Conversations with Craig Milverton and Special Guest Ian Ellis, celebrating the Music of Billy Strayhorn recorded at The Blue Vanguard Jazz Club Exeter on September 24th 2015 with Coach York drums and Al Swainger bass.

British saxophonist Ian Ellis was doing a tour of the Westcountry with the Craig Milverton Trio featuring the music of Billy Strayhdorn so we caught up with them before the gig to find out how Ian got into the 'Devils' music as Craig calls it.

Here Craig and Ian chat about his early life and musical influences, how Ian quickly moved from violin to the sax family and what he is listening too and working on today.

Tunes of this podcast:

Johnny Come Lately - Billy Strayhorn Blood Count - Billy Strayhorn Isfahan - Billy Strayhorn

Milverton Craig website 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 Denny Ilett

September 13, 2015

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Guitarist and singer Denny Ilett was the guest of The Blue Vanguard Jazz Club on 27th August 2015.

Craig Milverton with Coach York on Drums and Al Swainger on bass host the club and here Craig chats with Denny before the gig about his introduction to jazz through his trumpet playing father. Denny's first instrument being trumpet. He talks about his love of playing with other guitarist, the different genres that he likes to play and teach. He is at home playing jazz, blues or rock. He talks about his influences and the people he likes to listen too. Denny is also a very accomplish vocalist at home singing here with a trio or singing the songs of Sinatra with his big band.

Tunes included in this podcast

Taking A Chance On Love - Vernon Duke I’m Just a Lucky So and So - Duke Ellington Where Or When - Rodgers and Hart

https://www.facebook.com/denny.ilett Milverton Craig website 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 Art Theman

August 10, 2015

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Master saxophonist Art Theman visited the Blue Vanguard Jazz Club on 15th July 2015.

Here Art is in conversation with Craig Milverton before the gig with Coach York on drums and Al Swainger on bass, we hear how Art started his musical career on clarinet and then made the switch to sax but at the same time became a very well respected orthopaedic surgeon.

He has played with all the greats on the British jazz scene and has a great sense of humour.

We hope you enjoy this podcast.

Tunes included in the podcast

Midnight Voyage - Joey Calderazzo Autumn In New York - Vernon Duke Forest Flower - Charles Lloyd

Milverton Craig website 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 Dave Newton

June 24, 2015

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This podcast features two of the UK's finest multi-award winning jazz pianists playing together at the Blue Vanguard Jazz Club on 18th June 2015. Dave Newton is Graig Milvertons guest this month with Al Swainger on bass and Coach York on drums. To get two pianists together could be a recipe for disaster, but these two players, at the top of their game, respect and support each other through 3 numbers here but what was a great night of music at the Blue Vanguard.

Listen to Dave Newton talk about how he got into this music, his early career, working with Stacey Kent, Alan Barnes and many others.

A great player, really genuine guy and a pleasure to record and listen too, we hope you enjoy it.

Tunes included in this podcast:

Like Someone In Love - J. Van Heusen, J. Burke Darn That Dream - Jimmy Van Heusen - Eddie DeLange You Stepped Out of a Dream - Nacio Herb Brown,Gus Kahn

Dave Newton www.davidnewton.biz Milverton Craig website 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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