On Wednesday, January 12, 8:00pm Sara Dowling: “The Jazz of Judy Garland” – £20

Sara Dowling Vocals

Chris Ingham Piano

Dario De Lecce Bass

George Double Drums

“Her voice has all the qualities that you find in the great singers” – Guy Barker

“How soon before it will become normal to think about her as one of the best jazz singers this country has? “ – Sebastian Scotney – London Jazz News

“Rarely does a jazz singer grace our scene with such breathtaking authenticity and natural flair. Dowling is this thing” – Ian Shaw

We travel back to the Golden Age of Hollywood, with songs like Get Happy and Puttin’ on the Ritz from musicals like Meet Me in St Louis, The Harvey Girls, A Star is Born and more.

Sara is now recognised as one of the UK’s leading jazz vocalists. Her distinctive voice owes much to her Irish father and Lebanese mother, surrounded by the records of her father’s jazz collection and the chant like voices of Lebanese singers.

Voted ‘Best Singer’ – British Jazz Awards 

The Chris Ingham Trio is welcome back  to our stage. Chris, Dario and George have given us many a delightful gig.

Thoughts on Hexagonal – 27 October 2021

Thoughts on  Hexagonal , 29 October 2021

Three superb horn players were with us on Wednesday. Hexagonal’s music involves complex rhythms, often different for each horn. Their timing and intensity was, to my ears, perfect. The sound was really exciting. We had Greg Heath on Tenor and Soprano,  Jason Yarde on Alto and Baritone, and Graeme Flowers on Trumpet and Flugel. Greg was the band’s announcer.

John Donaldson arranged the music for the band. He is a formidable pianist. It was great to have bassist Matt Ridley back. Drummer Tristan Banks got caught in traffic and people glueing themselves to roads, so he arrived after the sound check so he didn’t have a chance to set his levels. All three of these guys were a delight to hear. 

The music was amazing, very exciting, varied and often fun. This is what you would expect, I suppose, as it was all related to two great musicians and composers, McCoy Tyner and Bheki Mseleku. I had the pleasure of hearing McCoy in New York a few years ago and the power was overwhelming. They opened with  Tyner’s “Walk Spirit Talk Spirit”. You were hit by just the horns and a surprising and wonderful vibe before the rhythm section came in to support it. Beautiful solos all round.

Mseleku’s lovely ballad, “My Passion” gave John a  chance to display delicacy and intensity at the same time. Again the solos were captivating.

Just one more. Jason Yarde told us about his “Hill Climbing on the Tyner side”. He had two different compositions played simultaneously, great fun to listen to.

Lovely gig. Greatly looking forward to Alina in two weeks time.

Take care,