Milestones Jazz Club's 20th Anniversary Gig!

Due to ill-health Don Weller will not be appearing at this concert with Alan Barnes. However, we are pleased to announce that Karen Sharp has agreed, at very short notice, to take his place.

Alan Barnes
Karen Sharp
The Chris Ingham Trio

To mark its 20th anniversary Milestones brings together two great saxophonists of UK jazz.

The virtuoso playing of Alan Barnes (alto/baritone sax) and Karen Sharp (tenor sax) is characterised by an unfettered mix of commitment, enjoyment and quiet passion equally at home with breakneck bebop, funky hard bop or heartbreaking ballads. A high energy programme of standards given superb support by Chris Ingham (piano), Mick Hutton (double bass) and George Double (drums).

Not to be missed!

Watch YouTube footage of Alan and Karen together here, Alan here and Karen here. Also listen to Alan here.

Admission - 10

“Barnes plays music that was radical 50 years ago - hard, urban post-bop - but he infuses it with so much passion and energy you could believe it was minted on the spot”
The Guardian

“Whatever the instrument, Alan (Barnes) plays it hard and fast and with the sort of inventive flexibility and invention that ensures that he has his own sound and style and could not be easily be confused with another player. And in these days of musical conformity that is quite something”
Jazz Journal

“…remarkable young tenor saxophonist Karen Sharp seems to have the complete kit - warm, singing tone, melodic flair, great sense of swing and an ear for good material”
The Observer

“…confirms what I have already observed, that over the past three or four years, she has steadily - I might almost say stealthily - developed into a major artist on the scene”
Humphrey Lyttleton, BBC Radio 2

“Stylish, big-toned, vaguely in the "Texas" tradition, aptly describes Karen Sharp's tenor playing…Karen swings and I can't say better than that. You should all hear Karen if you appreciate good tenor playing”
Jazz Journal International


Nigel Price Organ Trio
with Alex Garnett

Amazing guitarist Nigel Price returns to Milestones with one of the most exciting and popular bands in the UK today on a 56-date UK tour with guest tenor saxophonist Alex Garnett. Hard-swinging, bluesy grooves featuring Nigel’s long flowing lines are performed over originals and standards in the spirit of Wes Montgomery, Jimmy Smith and 1960’s Blue Note jazz. Petrol is thrown on the fire by the great Ross Stanley (Hammond organ) and Matt Home (drums). Not to be missed!

Watch YouTube footage of The Organ Trio here and listen to The Organ Trio by visiting Nigel’s website here. Watch YouTube footage of Alex Garnett here

Admission - 7 / 6 (concession)

"He stands out as a really class performer…With music as good as that so readily available once you know where to find it this self-deprecating country is not such a bad place to live in eh?"
Humphrey Lyttleton, BBC Radio 2

"… a real killer"
London Evening Standard (CD of the week)

"I first encountered Nigel when I played percussion in The James Taylor Quartet. He blew me away then and he does now"
Snowboy, Blues and Soul magazine

"We all know what an incredible guitarist Nigel Price is, but again the new drums and bass seem to have just supercharged even him and his performance last night was nothing short of amazing!"
Hammondbeat magazine


Horn Factory

A return visit for the 18-piece big band featuring great soloists and ensemble players from around East Anglia exploring the rich history of big band jazz through classic arrangements from Buddy Rich and Woody Herman to contemporary material by Pat Metheny and Michel Camilo. Experience the wail of a big band in a small venue.

Admission - 7 / 6 (concession)


*PLEASE NOTE*: details of concerts and musicians appearing are correct at the time of writing although changes are sometimes necessary. Please feel free to check with us before attending.






Somebody who decides to play jazz for a living knows he will struggle for the rest of his life, unless he opts for predictable and soothing compromise. Honest jazz involves public exploration. It takes guts to make mistakes in public, and mistakes are inherent. If there are no mistakes, it's a mistake. In Keith Jarrett's solo improvisations you can hear him hesitate, turn in circles for a while, struggle to find the next idea. Bird used to start a phrase two or three times before figuring out how to continue it. The heart and soul of improvisation is turning mistakes into discovery. On the spot. Now. No second draft. It can take a toll night after night in front of an audience that just might be considering you shallow.

From 'Close Enough For Jazz', Mike Zwerin (1983)


Now, divine air! Now is his soul ravished! Is it not strange that sheeps' guts should hale souls out of men's bodies? Well, a horn for my money, when all's done.

From 'Much Ado About Nothing' (Act II, Scene iii), William Shakespeare (1600)


Onstage, he storms inwardly, glaring at his audience, wincing at his trumpet, stabbing and tugging at his ear. Often his solos degenerate into a curse blown again and again through his horn in four soft beats. But Miles can break hearts. Without attempting the strident showmanship of most trumpeters, he still creates a mood of terror suppressed - a lurking and highly exciting impression that he may some day blow his brains out playing.

Barry Farrell, writing in Time Magazine (February 28 1964)