For over fifteen years
Milestones Jazz Club has featured the best modern jazz in the UK
with top national and international musicians.
a couple of concerts by local musicians Dave Ingham and Stephen
Mynott had drawn large audiences, the idea was put forward for a
regular, high quality jazz gig in Lowestoft, a medium size town
in the furthest north eastern corner of Suffolk.
Milestones Jazz Club
was founded by Dave and Stephen in October 1996 with an inaugural
concert by The Simon Youngman Quintet.
"We wanted the club to
have its own identity - hence the name - and feature musicians that
tried to push the music and assert their own personality through
it, no matter which route they took," says Stephen Mynott, "Our
experience of playing and listening to jazz was of a wonderfully
rich and exciting music that we wanted to share with others. Milestones
concerts were never designed as a replacement for the Sunday afternoon
The elusive term 'jazz'
covers so many strands of music that Milestones has always tried
to encourage musicians that inhabit all these different corners
- from funky hard bop to freeform chaos, from contemporary musings
to the roar of an 18 piece big band, from dark-hued intellectualism
to all-out, life-affirming swing.
The long-held club policy
is of opening the doors to everyone, of all ages. We have tried
to avoid the twin traps of lowest-common-denominator shallowness
or pompous jazz snobs who know the middle name of Miles Davis. Older
jazz aficionados are welcomed alongside those new to the music to
enjoy the visceral experience of live improvised music.
As with many UK jazz
clubs, Milestones is run by musicians and enthusiasts as a not-for-profit
operation, content in showcasing the enormous talent on the UK jazz
scene and widening its audience.
has had to move venues more than once, spending the first six years
at The Marquis of Lorne, moving to a club called Reflections before
settling at its current home, a fine basement room in the Hotel
In January 2007, after
over ten years at the coal-face, Dave Ingham dropped out of organising
the club. Since then Stephen Mynott has continued on his own with
invaluable help on gig nights from the much missed Keith Clarke
and more recently, Kathryn Holland.