Jazz in the Village @ YVH

Duo B&W photoIAN MILLAR & DOMINIC SPENCER – saxophone & piano jazz duo

Friday 3rd October 2014, 8pm. BYOB

A relaxed evening with melodic improvisations on jazz standards and original compositions.

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Ian and Dominic have been playing together for a number of years playing melodic improvisations on jazz standards and originals compositions.

Based in Edinburgh, the duo has regularly and extensively toured Scotland. They have embarked on many rural tours, often bringing jazz for the first time to remote communities, performing in intimate settings. The beautiful Scottish scenery that they have seen on their travels has inspired the writing of many pieces of music by Ian.

More recently they have extended their tours to jazz clubs, villages, small theatres, and arts venues. They have played in Northumberland, North & South Yorkshire, Cumbria, Bedfordshire and Shropshire making the occasional trip further south including a European trip to Brussels where they performed in the The Music Village Jazz Club.

This exciting new endeavour “Jazz in the Village” will take them even further up and down the country playing in villages all over Britain.

Dominic says “We have been very successful at transforming the village halls into an intimate cabaret style jazz club setting with low lighting and candles on the tables. We now have very many fond memories of wonderful evenings in halls around the country where the reception we have received and audience comments have been fantastic.

Ian says ” Our experience of playing in halls up and down the country has been amazing and the acoustics in most of the halls are superb. We have experienced a warm and friendly atmosphere where the audiences know each other, creating truly inspirational settings for some wonderful evenings.”

Ian and Dominic have also performed in a number of Festivals including the Edinburgh Jazz Festival, Glasgow Jazz Festival, Fife Jazz Festival, Callander Jazz Festival, Borders Jazz Festival, Bath Fringe Festival and the Buxton Fringe Festival.

They have had enormous success over six years during the Edinburgh Fringe Festival where their successful fringe show ‘Jazz at Lunchtime’ at the Radisson Blu Hotel on the Royal Mile has entertained thousands of people, with many sell-out shows. A number visitors to the Edinburgh Fringe from all over the world have returned year after year to see them play.

Their style of jazz concentrates on developing melodic ideas within the framework of the melody of a tune, whilst maintaining the concept and groove behind it. The result is a very accessible melodic style which allows them to explore, improvise and develop ideas without losing the essence of each piece of music, and to interact together in as creative a way as possible.


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