Olney Swings into 2017 with Peterson, Bechet & Dudley Moore!


Hello Jazz Lovers,
I hope you all had a great Christmas and wish you all the best for a Happy New Year!
Welcome to our January Newsletter
First, many thanks to all those who contributed to the charity raffle at the December gig … we raised £188.00 and have made donations to the Alzheimer’s Society (£100) and the
Tibbs Dementia Foundation (£88).
Yet again we’ve some great and varied gigs coming up!
Tuesday January 3rd 8.00pm
Top UK jazz pianist Craig Milverton comes up from the west country with his quartet to give us his famous “Tribute to Oscar Peterson” show.
Craig Milverton is firmly established as one of Britain’s Top Jazz Pianists.
• “A master of whatever he chooses to perform” (Humphrey Lyttleton), 
• “An extravagantly gifted pianist with an unrivalled sense of swing” (Jazz CD of the MonthDave Gelly, The Observer).
•”The best pianist to come along in Britain in the last two decades, and the nearest to the great Oscar Peterson” (Digby Fairweather).
Just three of the quotes extolling Craig’s jazz talent – recognised by his winning the Jazz Piano Category in The 2010 British Jazz Awards.

In his latest project, A Tribute To Oscar Peterson’, Craig pays homage to his biggest influence, probably the greatest of all jazz pianists, Oscar Peterson. This show highlights Oscar’s great recordings from his biggest hit ‘Tenderly’ to his best selling album ‘Night Train’. It also focusing on his great compositions including ‘The Canadiana Suite’ celebrating his homeland of Canada.

Craig recorded his tribute to Oscar in 2007 and has received top reviews in the Jazz Press. A Tribute To Oscar Petersonhas also featured at many top venues including Ronnie Scotts, Pizza Express Dean Street and the Concorde Club. Festivals have included Brecon, London and Swanage.

This concert is a must for all Peterson fans and all who love jazz that swings.

Starring with Craig will be three of today’s most talented jazz musicians:
Dominic Ashworth on Guitar (2006 British Jazz Awards winner),
Sandy Suchodolski on Bass and Nick Millward on Drums.
Definitely an Olney Gig one not to be missed!
Although the Carlton House Club has sold out, you can get tickets from
Phonebox Magazine, Stanley Court, Olney £12 or £10 in advance…..
Book a table to dine from the special Jazz Menu –  two main courses for £12! 

Tuesday February 7th 8.00pm

“A Taste of Bechet” featuring The Pete Allen Jazz Band. 
PETE ALLEN – Clarinet/Saxes – Honorary Citizen of New Orleans USA
DAVE BROWNING – Britain’s King of Stride Piano
JOHN PETTERS – Our great swinging drummer in the style of Gene Krupa
KIETH DONALD – A much respected jazz Bassist
JIM DOUGLAS – Europe’s top jazz guitarist ex Alex Welsh Band
Pete Allen is regarded as one of Europe’s most talented and exciting masters of the clarinet and sax. In 1976 he joined Rod Mason and two years later formed his own professional band. He brought together a musical style and stage presence that has created an enthusiastic following from both the traditional jazz fans and those who simply enjoy happy music and songs for both listening and dancing.
As a boy, Pete grew up with jazz. He studied the music of all the old time music greats, especially Ed Hall and Sidney Bechet two great legends of American jazz clarinet and soprano saxophone, although Pete has never tried to copy their style but has developed his own quite unique, exciting sound.
Over the years Pete has appeared on many television and radio shows, both with his own band and as a solo artist. He has topped the bill in those magical homes of jazz, St. LouisSacramento and of course, New Orleans, where he was awarded an Honorary Citizenship for his services to jazz music. In the mid eighties he was chosen to lead the Worldwide All Stars at the jazz Jubilee in Sacramento. More recently, Pete has been selected to play for the European Top Eight Jazz Band in Germany, on a number of occasions, and the Philips International All Stars in Holland and also fronts the London Paris All Stars and his own chosen European Swing Band. For over five years he also found time to present his own jazz programme for BBC Radio.  
The Band perform a slick fast moving show in tribute to the jazz legend of the Soprano Sax – Sidney Bechet.
Pete will include many of his greatest hits including Indian Summer, Si Tu Vois Ma Mere, Petite Fleur, Roses of Picardy and many more. Plus there will be solo features from Dave, John & Jim.
An evening not to be missed so book yourself a seat for a swinging treat! 
£12/£10 in advance from Carlton House Club, High St, Olney 01234 711348
or Phonebox Magazine, Stanley Court, Olney

Tuesday March 7th 8.00pm


“The Jazz of Dudley Moore”

The Chris Ingham Quartet featuring Chris Ingham (piano), Paul Higgs (trumpet), Geoff Gascoyne (double bass) and George Double (drums).
The following is from the “Jazz of Dudley Moore” cd sleeve notes:
“Dudley Moore, beloved comic actor, we all know about.
 Perhaps fewer know about Dudley Moore, pianist — the virtuoso brilliantly exploiting the stylistic possibilities, gifted to him by Errol Garner and Oscar Peterson, in late night sessions at Peter Cook’s Establishment Club in 1960s Soho, dazzling appearances on BBC TV’s Not Only But Also and the sparkling Decca trio recordings. And perhaps fewer still, Dudley Moore, composer — purveyor of quirky, imaginative jazz originals and the witty music for Bedazzled and 30 Is A Dangerous Age, Cynthia, nuanced movie scores far superior to the movies themselves.

“In preparing a recording celebrating the music of Dudley, we were tempted to pay homage to his 1960s piano-trio style. After all, Chris, George and I had all been indelibly influenced by the very particular, tight-knit, hard-swinging playing of Dudley, bassist Pete McGurk and drummer Chris Karan. However, whilst exploring the tunes with Paul on trumpet, we began to discover the richness of his compositions and understand a more authentic, and perhaps more revealing way of entering into Dudley’s musical world. 

“As part of that process we took time to read something about the man’s complex and highly conflicted life, one filled with shades of light and dark, joy and woe. Here is not the place to explore any details of this, but what is musically relevant was the way we found these same shades expressed in his compositions. Some of his pieces are, of course, quintessential expressions of the bright, optimistic, swinging ‘60s in which Dudley came to fame, but others are deeply poignant, personal expressions of a darker, more complex world, whilst elsewhere you’ll find a unique and bittersweet mix of the two. 

“It is this emotional range and depth that has made playing Dudley’s music a rather intimate and heartfelt pleasure for all of us and, we sincerely hope, for you too.”
(Rev. Andrew J. Brown)
Tickets £12/£10 in advance from Carlton House Club, High St, Olney 01234 711348
or Phonebox Magazine, Stanley Court, Olney
Don’t miss these shows….I’m sure tickets will fly!
Check it all out at www.olneyjazzclub.com
Make your next jazz gig a definite at Olney Jazz Club!
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