Friday 28th July at 8.00pm
(pre-show supper at 7:00pm)
The music of
GERRY MULLIGAN and
KAREN SHARP and
THE CRAIG MILVERTON TRIO
Tickets £16 (£30 including pre-show supper) can be booked on 01460 54973
These two delightful ladies were with us three years ago when they treated us to a wonderfully evocative tribute to Chet Baker, the trumpeter with the renowned Gerry Mulligan quartet. For this visit Karen will be focussing on the sound of Gerry's baritone saxophone, whilst Sue will be playing in tribute to Clifford Brown, one of the two or three original stars of modern jazz trumpet playing. Two different instruments and two distinctly different jazz styles, playing together to give us a unique double tribute performance.
Karen Sharp took up the tenor saxophone whilst studying composition at the Royal Northern College of Music. A friend introduced her to a recording of Dexter Gordon and she was instantly hooked, quickly joining the college jazz band and finding regular work in a busy soul band based in Liverpool. Since relocating to London in 1999 Karen has become a busy freelance musician working alongside many top class British and American musicians such as Scott Hamilton, Sir John Dankworth, Cleo laine, Danny Moss, Alan Barnes, Barbara Lea, Dick Sudhalter, Mark Nightingale and Ellyn Rucker. In March 2004 Karen began a three-year stint in Humphrey Lyttelton's band, which took her to venues and festivals across the UK and into Europe playing alongside Joe Temperley, Stacey Kent, Acker Bilk and the great blues singer Elkie Brooks. During this time Karen was also working hard to establish her own quintet with which she produced three albums and played at top jazz venues in the UK. In 2006 Karen played at the Ginza Festival, Tokyo, with British singer Tina May and pianist Nikki Iles, and she appeared at the Cape Town International Jazz Festival 2007, with US trumpet star Jeremy Pelt and South African singer Esther Miller. For the last four years Karen has played at The Norwich Jazz Party in the UK working alongside Ken Peplowski, Spike Robinson, Warren Vache, Bucky Pizzerelli and Scott Hamilton. She has twice won the tenor saxophone category in the British Jazz Awards, but she is equally at home playing the baritone sax. More recently Karen has been touring with fellow saxophonist Robert Fowler showcasing the great tenor partnership of Al Cohn and Zoot Sims, She has also formed a new quartet featuring Nikki Iles, Steve Brown and Dave Green, which has been delighting festival audiences across the UK. Karen was delighted to play on Jacqui Dankworth's album earlier this year and she also recorded with top UK singer Tina May.
Sue Richardson Since being tipped for the top by Jazzwise magazine, Sue Richardson's career has been going from strength to strength. There are singer-songwriters are commonplace, but Sue Richardson is the only trumpeter-singer-songwriter you are likely to encounter. She plays swinging jazz trumpet, with excellent technique and a remarkable command of a variety of styles. She sings with a musician's phrasing and her songs come with proper tunes and grown-up harmonies attached - a rarity in itself. Touring with big bands by the age of 16, Sue's musical journey has seen her gigging in over 50 countries in hotels, jazz clubs and on many cruise ships. You can even hear her recorded version of The Girl From Ipanema being played in Rio in the famous bar where the song was written. She has worked for the BBC, performing at The Last Night of The Proms and gaining a Blue Peter badge for her singing! Chet Baker and Clifford Brown are two of her main role models, her timbre is warm and full-bodied, and her soloing, while avoiding high-note theatrics, evokes the generosity and exuberance of players from the swing era. Her current CD project, "Too Cool", brings her love of Chet Baker and her sensitive writing together into a new show interpreting aspects of Chet's life not just through his most famous recordings but also his own compositions. Recent bookings include the London Jazz Festival, The Royal Albert Hall, The Royal Opera House with Liane Carroll, The 606 & Ronnie Scott's.
Craig Milverton was born in Bexley, Kent and took piano lessons from the ages of 7 -12, but has no formal jazz training. Craig's main influences are Oscar Peterson and Bill Evans and his jazz interest was spawned by his fathers record collection. Craig began performing in public as young as 10 years of age, turning professional at 21.
From then he played with trombonist Roger Mark's Quintet, the Pete Allen Jazz Band, Terry Lightfoot's Jazz band, touring regularly across the UK and Europe, and then the US in 1994. In 1997, he joined Digby Fairweather's eclectic group "Dig's Half Dozen", recording a CD '12 Feet off the Ground' in 1999. Craig continues to work in a variety of settings, including regular jazz cruises, and festivals across the whole of Europe.
He is still a member of Digby Fairweather's Half Dozen, which has twice won the British Jazz Award for best small Group, and was part of the backing group for the late George Melly, recording 3 acclaimed CD's and including 4 month long residencies at Ronnie Scotts. The year 2003 saw him on the front cover of Jazz Journal International with a feature article and his CD 'It's a Jazz Life' was CD of the month in The Observer.
Craig 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, as an accompanist to the late Humphrey Lyttleton's favourite vocalist, singer Louise Parker, and also as a solo performer with his 'Tribute To Oscar Peterson' and his 'Jazz Piano Legends'. 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