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Welcome to Milestones Jazz Club, since 1996 Lowestoft's premier
Whilst catering to a
wide range of styles, Milestones highlights the more modern end
of the jazz spectrum in an informal, friendly atmosphere. From small
trios to 18-piece big bands, we feature everything from bebop to
hard bop, latin to fusion, cool jazz to free jazz. For details of
our next gig see below
World class musicians
performing in recent years have included Peter King, Don Weller,
Ingrid Laubrock, Henry Lowther, Jack Parnell, Jim Mullen, Roger
Beaujolais, Polly Gibbons and The Eastern Bloc Big Band.
resident at Hotel Hatfield, Esplanade, Lowestoft and opens
its doors at 8pm on the first Sunday of every month with
an admission price of £9 or £5 for under 25s - no club membership
necessary. For enquiries, information on how to find us or to
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*** NEXT GIG: SUNDAY 1 DECEMBER ***
Sirkis/Bialas International Quartet
drummer and composer Asaf Sirkis has long been a key player on
the UK jazz scene and here he returns to Milestones, co-leading
his dynamic ECM-influenced band with Polish singer Sylwia Bialas.
A colourful and constantly grooving group that moves from delicate
ballads to high-energy electric lines and all points in between.
Original contemporary jazz also featuring the great Frank Harrison
(piano) and Kevin Glasgow (bass).
YouTube footage of Sirkis/Bialas IQ here
and visit Asaf Sirkis's website here
is not only an inventive drummer but also a composer of rigour,
wit and surprising delicacy
sounding creatively freer and more dramatically inventive than
ever on drums
master of creative surprise, its on the edge of your seat
listening when Asafs in town
Sirkis has earned a reputation as one of the worlds premier
an almost devotional intensity to her singing that rarely fails
voice is an astounding instrument, crystal clear throughout its
wide range, with a very sparing use of a tight, controlled vibrato.
She can whisper as easily as soar, and Polish never sounded so
Admission: £9 /
we're in a recession. Now you can all know what it's like to be
Gilad Atzmon to the audience at The Bath Festival, 25 May 2008,
quoted in The Guardian (31 May 2008)
refrain will be coming soon: that's the part I like the best and
the abrupt way in which it flings itself forward, like a cliff against
the sea. For the moment it's the jazz that's playing; there's no
melody, only notes, a host of little jolts. They know no rest, an
unchanging order gives birth to them and destroys them, without
ever giving them time to recover, to exist for themselves. They
run, they hurry, they strike me with a sharp blow in passing and
are obliterated. I should quite like to hold them back, but I know
that if I managed to stop one, nothing would remain between my fingers
but a vulgar, doleful sound. I must accept their death; I must even
will it; I know of few harsher or stronger impressions.
From 'La Nausée', Jean-Paul Sartre (1938)
blues is real, its not perverted or thought about, its
not a concept. It is a chair, not a design for a chair, or a better
chair or a bigger chair or a chair with leather on ... it is the
first chair. It is a chair for sitting on, not for looking at or
being appreciated. You sit on that music".
Lennon interviewed by Jann S Wenner, Rolling Stone (1970)
can't understand why people are frightened of new ideas. I'm frightened
of the old ones".
Cage quoted in 'Conversing with Cage', Richard Kostelanetz (1988)