SUNDAY 2 SEPTEMBER

*Big Band Special*

The Eddie Seales Big Band

Last seen at Milestones in 2005, ESBB are an 18-piece monster of a band performing a wide sweep of music from the rich history of big band jazz. From Ellington to Basie and Mingus to Metheny, the arrangements groove with both patience and power, featuring sharp ensemble work and great individual soloists like Clive Hitchcock and Guy Ludbrook. Experience the exhilarating blast of this hard-swinging unit in a small venue. Not to be missed!

Watch YouTube footage of The Eddie Seales Big Band here and listen to the band by visiting their website here


Admission - 10/£6 (U25)


SUNDAY 7 OCTOBER

The Nigel Price Organ Trio


Amazing guitarist Nigel Price returns to Milestones with one of the most exciting and popular bands in the UK today on a nationwide UK tour. Hard-swinging, bluesy grooves featuring Nigel’s long flowing lines are performed over originals and standards in the spirit of Wes Montgomery, Jimmy Smith and 1960s Blue Note jazz. Petrol is thrown on the fire by the great Ross Stanley (Hammond organ) and Steve Brown (drums). Not to be missed!

Watch YouTube footage of The Organ Trio here and listen to The Organ Trio by visiting Nigel’s website here

"He stands out as a really class performer…With music as good as that so readily available once you know where to find it this self-deprecating country is not such a bad place to live in eh?"
Humphrey Lyttleton, BBC Radio 2

"… a real killer"
London Evening Standard (CD of the week)

"I first encountered Nigel when I played percussion in The James Taylor Quartet. He blew me away then and he does now"
Snowboy, Blues and Soul magazine

"We all know what an incredible guitarist Nigel Price is, but again the new drums and bass seem to have just supercharged even him and his performance last night was nothing short of amazing!"
Hammondbeat magazine



Admission prices to be announced


SUNDAY 4 NOVEMBER

The Julian Costello Quartet


Original and contemporary ECM influenced jazz from tenor and soprano saxophonist Costello. Strong, evocative compositions with a nod to the work of Jan Garbarek and Ralph Towner create some compelling music. Full band line-up to be announced line-up.


Watch YouTube footage of Julian Costello here and listen to Julian Costello here


"Costello is an extremely moody player on both saxophones and his compositions cover many musical areas...an emotive and soulful tenor player"
Jazzwise magazine.

"left leaning out there tenor player"
The Guardian

"Delicate and melodic...saxophone led original material"
Time Out

 

Admission prices to be announced





 

*PLEASE NOTE*: details of concerts and musicians appearing are correct at the time of writing although changes are sometimes necessary. Please feel free to check with us before attending.

 

 

 

 

 


Somebody who decides to play jazz for a living knows he will struggle for the rest of his life, unless he opts for predictable and soothing compromise. Honest jazz involves public exploration. It takes guts to make mistakes in public, and mistakes are inherent. If there are no mistakes, it's a mistake. In Keith Jarrett's solo improvisations you can hear him hesitate, turn in circles for a while, struggle to find the next idea. Bird used to start a phrase two or three times before figuring out how to continue it. The heart and soul of improvisation is turning mistakes into discovery. On the spot. Now. No second draft. It can take a toll night after night in front of an audience that just might be considering you shallow.

From 'Close Enough For Jazz', Mike Zwerin (1983)

 

Now, divine air! Now is his soul ravished! Is it not strange that sheeps' guts should hale souls out of men's bodies? Well, a horn for my money, when all's done.

From 'Much Ado About Nothing' (Act II, Scene iii), William Shakespeare (1600)

 

Onstage, he storms inwardly, glaring at his audience, wincing at his trumpet, stabbing and tugging at his ear. Often his solos degenerate into a curse blown again and again through his horn in four soft beats. But Miles can break hearts. Without attempting the strident showmanship of most trumpeters, he still creates a mood of terror suppressed - a lurking and highly exciting impression that he may some day blow his brains out playing.

Barry Farrell, writing in Time Magazine (February 28 1964)

 

Late in his career, drummer Earl Palmer appeared in a music video with the band Cracker on the song ‘I Hate My Generation’. According to Cracker leader David Lowery, when Palmer was asked if he would be able to play along with the songs, he gave Lowery a look and said, 'I invented this shit’.