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Sunday, August 4, 2013

Come On In My Kitchen - Paddy Milner

Paddy Milner is recognised as one of the leading blues piano players in the world (just read the praise from Dave Brubeck and Jon Cleary), but also as a superb original songwriter and distinctive singer. As a kid growing up in rural Dorset, UK, Milner began his career playing local pubs from a very young age (much younger than the legal age of entry!). He absorbed blues & boogie like a sponge, which will always remain a fundamental part of his music, but also spent a lot of time exploring jazz, classical music and playing in his father’s folk band. Later on, he was to learn from the masters including dueting with the legendary Jonnie Johnson and learning from Jon Cleary in New Orleans. Milner fondly remembers his father introducing him to the music of the likes of Jack Bruce, with whom Milner now regularly tours with. Milner was soon touring and learning his craft with visiting American blues artists and the best of British. Then in 2000 at the age of 19, he burst on to the scene in his own right with his debut album ‘21st Century Boogie’. The album rapidly garnered international accolades within the blues world and beyond. It showcased his knowledge and respect for the blues tradition while introducing his originality. His contribution to a BBC Radio 2 session, earned him a nomination for a Sony Award.  

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