Budleigh Jazz Festival swings
PUBLISHED: 18:10 29 April 2009 | UPDATED: 10:51 10 June 2010
Last Saturday evening was the climax of the three day Budleigh Salterton Jazz Festival. The Games Club was packed with a sellout audience who were treated to a sublime evening of truly world class jazz.
Last Saturday evening was the climax of the three day Budleigh Salterton Jazz Festival.
The Games Club was packed with a sellout audience who were treated to a sublime evening of truly world class jazz.
The star of the show was the great tenor sax player Scott Hamilton. Scott has played in the Benny Goodman and Woody Herman bands and with many other famous Jazz stars. He flew in for the concert from Italy.
He lives near Florence, having moved from his New York home after 30 years.
Accompanying him were a trio led by local Exeter pianist Craig Milverton who has built a reputation of one of Britain's finest jazz musicians.
Tom Hill on double bass originates from California, but now lives in Droitwich, Steve Brown on drums from Manchester who now works in London.
An added bonus was vocalist Maggie Reeday from Exeter.
The evening started with Craig Milverton showing off his formidable technique with a tribute to the the late Oscar Peterson by playing a movement from the latter's Canadian Suite.
Scott Hamilton joined the trio and, after changing the reed on his instrument in mid-flow, proceeded to show us what a complete master of his instrument he is His seemingly effortless command and invention belies his total command.
Craig Milverton subdued his normally flamboyant technique and became the perfect Jazz accompanist.
A totally different mode from soloing, he worked perfectly with Scott and they fed off each other building a swinging rapport which gave them obvious mutual joy.
Craig broke out into solo mode in I Got Rhythm when he demonstrated a variety of piano styles ranging from Stride, Boogie, Block Chords and Peterson- type runs which dazzled the audience.
Tom Hill proved to be a world class bassist. His rich warm tone and amazing dexterity on the instrument was a revelation on his solo in Exactly Like You.
Steve Brown kept the pulse on drums and soloed with panache.
Maggie Reeday swung from the word go. She worked with the tightly-knit band and built up to a climax with Route 66. Scott Hamilton worked with her, building choruses which delighted the audience.
Of Scott, whether a fast solo or a tender sensitive ballad, he never lost control. Always swinging, he was a joy to hear as he effortlessly built chorus after chorus.
It was heartening to see local musicians Craig and Maggie, not just hanging on, but on equal footing with a renowned and world class jazz musician.
Thank you Budleigh organisers for giving us a truly memorable and swinging evening.