Friday 23rd June at 8.00pm
(pre-show supper at 7:00pm)
CRAIG MILVERTON TRIO
Tickets £16 (£30 including pre-show supper) can be booked on 01460 54973
It probably says it all that this US saxophone colossus played through the 1980's with the World renowned "Jazz Messengers", led by the great Art Blakey, surely one of the best known modern jazz groups there has ever been. Supported by Craig Milverton's trio, this will be an evening of absolutely top class "hard bop" jazz which no self respecting fan could possibly want to miss.
Saxophonist Jean Toussaint played through the eighties with Art Blakey's Jazz Messengers, probably the best known, longest lasting, highest profile, hard bop group there has ever been. Since then, he hasn't looked back, nor has he spent a career trying to repeat the past. The experiences he gained in that world-class hothouse have enabled him to push forward and embrace challenging and often high profile musical collaborations in many different jazz styles. Today he is based in London as a band leader/composer, and educator.
Born in the Caribbean, Toussaint studied at Berklee with peers Branford Marsalis, Greg Osby, Jeff 'Tain' Watts and others. He joined Blakey in 1982 and toured and recorded with him for a number of years with fellow band members Lonnie Plaxico, Terence Blanchard, Mulgrew Miller and Donald Harrison. From the mid-50s until he died in 1990, Blakey used to find the best young players and then make them even better. He became a highly respected "father figure" within modern jazz and he gave young players the opportunity to create World reputations for themselves. Almost without exception, every top player in modern jazz played in the Blakey's Jazz Messengers. The band was based in New York, and Toussaint regularly led the jam sessions at the famous Blue Note club.
Initially invited to teach at the Guildhall School of Music and Drama, Toussaint came to London in the late eighties and still uses the city as his base. He has released 10 CDs as a Leader and guested on many more. Collaborations with musicians based in the UK have included Bheki Mseleku, Julian Joseph, Jason Rebello, Cleveland Watkiss, Steve Williamson, Orphy Robinson and others. Toussaint is also invited to join tours with top US musicians visiting Europe. In the last couple of years, he has played North Sea Festival (Den Haag), The New Morning (Paris), Montreux Festival (Switzerland), Clemont Ferrand Festival (France), Cork Festival (Ireland) as well as many clubs and theatres.
Craig Milverton's main influence is Oscar Peterson, and the music he generally plays is very much in the same vein. He has visited us here at Ilminster many times over the last nine years, and his trio has become almost a resident group, accompanying most of our leading visiting players. He has played at all our top UK jazz venues along with The Birmingham Symphony Hall, The Royal Festival Hall, Mintons Playhouse New York, and The Half Note New York, and has appeared at Sacremento, California, Cork, Brecon, Glasgow, Edinburgh, London, Birmingham, Dubai, Bordeux, Cyprus, Istanbul, Albania, Hamburg, and Amsterdam Jazz Festivals. In doing so the list of musicians he has played with covers the best known names in the whole World of jazz. His trio is regularly required to back visiting American soloists at festivals and venues across the UK.
Craig won the UK Jazz Award for piano in 2010. He is very much in demand with his various trios and quartets, and as an accompanist to many of the top jazz performers in the UK and elsewhere. Also, as a solo performer he plays his 'Tribute To Oscar Peterson' and his 'Jazz Piano Legends' concerts. Few British pianists have Craigs' thorough knowledge and grasp of jazz styles. His love of the music shines through and he is a natural at whatever he plays.
LICENSED BAR serving a range of wines, bottled beers and soft drinks.
PRE- SHOW SUPPER (must be booked at least 2 days before the concert).
Tonight's Menu: TBA; Dessert; Coffee
Vegetarian option available. Please ring the Arts Centre on 01460 54973 at least 2 days before the concert