Jazz duo are set to bring their groove to villagers

Ian Millar and  Dominic Spencer - saxophone & piano jazz duo
Ian Millar and Dominic Spencer - saxophone & piano jazz duo

The sound of jazz is coming to a Northumberland village hall.

Musical duo Ian Millar and Dominic Spencer will bring their national tour Jazz in the Village to Whalton this weekend.

The pair have been playing together for years, playing melodic improvisations on jazz standards and original compositions on saxophone and piano.

They are based in Edinburgh and have toured extensively throughout Scotland, but they have also taken jazz to remote communities and intimate venues in rural tours.

Most recently they have extended their performances to jazz clubs, villages, small theatres and arts venues, and their latest tour will take them even further up and down the country.

They have also performed at The Music Village Jazz Club in Brussels.

Mr Spencer said: “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.”

Mr Millar added: “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.”

The duo have also performed at major music events, including the Edinburgh, Glasgow, Fife and Borders jazz festivals and the Bath and Buxton fringe festivals.

And they have played six times at the Edinburgh Fringe Festival, entertaining thousands in sell-out shows.

They say their style concentrates on developing melodic ideas within the framework of the melody of a tune, while maintaining the concept and groove behind it.

They explore, improvise and develop ideas and interact together in as creative a way as possible.

Jazz in the Village will be held at Whalton Village Hall on Saturday, from 7.30pm.

It will act as a fund-raiser for the hall and there will also be a barbecue.

Tickets cost £8 and are available on 01670 775411, or by emailing justandab21@gmail.com

People should take their own drinks and food for the barbecue.

For further information about the jazz duo, visit www.millarandspencer.co.uk