YOXALL VILLAGE HALL
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“Jazz in the Village” – tour
IAN MILLAR & DOMINIC SPENCER – saxophone & piano jazz duo
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 the last 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. See the Audience Comments, Press Reviews, Concert Diary, Photographs and more at:
“…he really used the vast range of the tenor, always with gentle lyricism”
“…really excellent Millar originals…”
“Beautiful soaring magic! I was blown away by your show, just breath-taking!”
“What a lovely and exhilarating performance! Enjoyed the interaction between the two of you, and the obvious love you have for what you do.”
“What a good duo this is! Ian Millar’s soft lyrical tenor sax is supported by Dominic Spencer’s intricate piano runs, each giving one another the space to play beautifully crafted solos.”
“…expect warm, intelligent, reflective, human music…”
“Ian Millar’s own composition Morning Dew opened the performance, its lovely sinuous melody ranging freely from the heights to the depths of the tenor sax voice.”
“…a unique performance not only in its introduction of many new pieces but also in the splendidly relaxed jazz styling; music that had its own special flavour and was not a copy of anything else.”