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REVIEWS

Gigs & Recordings

Colleen Fehrenbach, Graduate Recital

Audience member

"We were at Millie's recital last night, and we loved her work! My favorite of the evening was "The Essence of Finality." I also loved her rendition of "Maiden Voyage."

I would love to be on her mailing list for future performances. I really think that her composing and peformance is phenomenal. I also loved her drummer. I hope that she's gonna be performing with him and her bassist in the future. Everyone else was super great as well.

I have to say that her "The Essence of Finality" was magic. It was the best I've heard since I saw a Dave Brubeck, live at the Blue Note, in New York City, back in the late '80s. I wanted to jump up and clap and scream after it. It really blew me away!

Hope to see her perform again in her bright future." - April 8th, 2023

Patti Ferguson, 'Octagyn' Album Launch

Audience member

"It did not take me long to figure out what moved me so deeply last night. First, the music itself was wonderful---but that was a given, considering the talent on the stage.

When artists—whether musicians, actors, visual artists—share their gifts with us, the audience, there is a line. On one side of that line are artists who have prodigious talent, but hold themselves back. On the other side of that line is the artist who shares too much of their person, leading to an 'ick--I didn't need to know that' reaction.

Millie threaded the needle. She went deep; she shared much of her personal journey. But she never crossed the line into over-sharing. Pitch-perfect!

A true gift for my birthday from a gifted soul~~~" - January 25th, 2023

Abram Collier, Studio Recording Session

Saxophonist, vocalist & bandleader

"The decision to work with Millie afforded me a sturdy, muscular trumpet sound that allowed a recent recording project of mine to flourish in presence and energy. Millie took her work seriously and made sure to provide only the best of what she could give for my finished product, and I couldn't be more pleased. Aside from her professional attitude, Millie is a pleasant soul with a bright sense of humor, making any collaboration a real treat." - August 7th, 2022

Charlie Osborn, Charlie and the Funk Factory

Keyboardist & bandleader

"It was a pleasure to have Millie play trumpet with my band. A professional, reliable musician I'd recommend to anyone and a lovely person to boot." - August 3rd, 2021

Francis Gryspeerdt, Atlantic Blue Quintet

Saxophonist & bandleader

"I’ve had the pleasure of involving Millie in my Jazz Quintet several times in recent months doing live gigs in the London area. Millie is passionate about her music and arrives at gigs in good time and ready to co-front line the band in a highly effective trumpet/sax pairing.

We often get little or no rehearsing time so adaptability and a ‘fit in' attitude are crucial. Millie is a very competent reader so on tunes not committed to memory she can be relied upon to fill the role of lead trumpet irrespective of what jazz style each number belongs to. In the jazz space Millie plays naturally across more traditional styles into modern and funky sub-genres.

When it comes to taking solos Millie has the gift of playing accurately and melodically and the all important structuring and developing of a solo; building energy and entertainment and tension. I’ve noticed she gets a really appreciative audience response and she's getting a name for stand out playing on the jazz circuit.

Millie is a really competent and inventive player who’s new on the scene in my area. She's also a collaborative and helpful band member and I’d recommend her to anyone who wants to bring in some trumpet excellence." - June 13th, 2020

Sarah King, Sarah L King Quintet

Vocalist & bandleader

"An exciting performer, Millie's playing is adventurous and her energy infectious. Not only is she enthusiastic to different genres such as funk and soul, but she also just gets such a damned assured tone from her instrument!" - April 22nd, 2020

Teaching

Peter Roddis

Piano

"I have had lessons with Millie for 18 months so far. She has really lifted my playing level and understanding and helped me get a merit at ABRSM Grade 8. She always has great advice for improvements or different ways to think about the music we're working on which clearly comes from a place of deep understanding and experience of playing and appreciating music. At the end of our lessons I'm always inspired to progress further which is great for my motivation and enjoyment." - August 30th, 2021

Martha Dean

Trumpet & improvisation

"I was lucky enough to receive lessons from Millie, mainly in jazz, but also for some classical work, during my final year of studying Music at Durham University. From the get go, I was excited to learn from her; my first lesson left me feeling the most inspired I had been in years. Not only did Millie offer a plethora of technical advice that improved my playing, but she also worked with me on my confidence, especially in the weeks leading up to my final recital. Millie always listened and adapted to my needs, providing a refreshing teaching experience that allowed me to grow as both a person and a player." - August 11th, 2021

Sam Williams

Trumpet & improvisation

"Millie is a fantastic tutor. She is an excellent trumpet player, a great teacher, and a lovely person. She is particularly good at isolating single concepts, such as breathing, tonguing, phrasing, soloing, and sharing her expansive learning on these concepts, in a way that is perfectly suited to your level of playing. Most of all, I really enjoy our classes together. I would recommend her to anyone!" - April 27th, 2020

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