Popular jazz artists to perform at town club

Musician Greg Abate.

Musician Greg Abate.

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A RENOWNED American jazz saxophonist will be welcomed back to the Grantham Conservative Club on Thursday.

Saxophonist Greg Abate last played at the club, in Castlegate, two years ago, and members are looking forward to seeing him return to the venue.

Musician Craig Milverton.

Musician Craig Milverton.

This year, Greg will be accompanied by Craig Milverton, voted jazz pianist of the year at the British Jazz Awards 2010.

Greg’s tenor sax playing started way back in the mid 1970s, and he is a prime example of the ‘rear back and blow’ school of contemporary bop-based players.

The tunes he writes or chooses to play are based on the kinds of changes that harmony-oriented jazz men have favoured since the beginning, and he swings through them with eager and easy virtuosity.

Meanwhile, Craig Milverton is very much in demand as a solo pianist, with his virtuoso ability and comprehensive knowledge of the entire jazz spectrum.

Few British pianists have Craig’s thorough knowledge and grasp of jazz styles. His love of the music shines through and he is a natural at whatever music he plays.

Grantham Conservative Club secretary Mike Grimwood said: “Greg and Craig have played together many times and their appearances together are much applauded.

“You can expect a good night’s jazz.”

The concert will take place at the club on Thursday. Doors open at 7pm for a 8.30pm start.

Admission is £10 for members and £12 for non-members.