The fabulous Vimala Rowe sings hot jazz classics with the Ian Smith trio Sat 9 and Sun 10 May

The fabulous Vimala Rowe sings Hot Jazz with the Ian Smith Trio

Celebrating the great female singers from Billie Holiday and Julie London to Ella Fitzgerald …

Bring your friends for a cabaret-style dinner with an evening of unforgettable jazz.

Saturday 9 May Dinner from 6.30pm.  Jazz from 8pm.

Tickets: £15 or £30 with dinner

Relax to the mellow vibe of a Sunday lunchtime show.

Sunday 10 May Jazz Brunch from 12 noon

Tickets: £10 order from full champagne brunch menu

Another chance to hear the gorgeous VIMALA ROWE sing the hot jazz classics from Ella Fitzgerald to Billie Holiday and Julie London in her own fabulous style with the inimitable IAN SMITH on trumpet and his exceptional band. Be transported to the Harlem jazz clubs of the late fifties with this amazing lineup.


Ian Smith photo credit bill shakespeare

VIMALA ROWE is an award winning jazz, soul and R&B singer. In her early teens Vimala left England for the Far East where she quickly established herself as vocalist with the successful rap band TKO and then as a solo artist, writing and recording a hit album which included guitar legend Tommy Emmanuel. She then spent a year studying Hindustani Classical vocals in Nagpur India, which would profoundly influence her future style. Back in England she made the eponymous EP ‘Vimala’ with Simon Horn, a recording of original compositions which garnered the Indy Music award for Best Soul, Jazz, Funk act, 2008.  Since then she has gone on to establish herself on the London Jazz Scene as a remarkable live performer, appearing with such luminaries as John Etheridge, Bobby Wellins, Jonathan Gee and others.

Her performances have captivated audiences everywhere with notable appearances at Ronnie Scott’s with the Alex Webb Band and at the London Jazz Festival (Crazy Coqs) with John Etheridge. Her mix of Jazz sophistication and swing, soulful passion and a hint of Indian exoticism is enthralling.

“A captivating and seemingly effortless soulful voice” – Justin Wilkes, Kiss FM

“The Fabulous vocals of Vimala Rowe… stripped the songs of their datedness and brought them into the modern age” –

“A wonderful singer with a passionate delivery which completely captures the audience” – John Etheridge, Guitarist

Ian Smith

Ian Smith

IAN SMITH  has played trumpet with talents as varied as Gwyneth Herbert, Hank Wangford, Alan Barnes and Michael Horowitz. He has lectured on Modern and Renaissance Poetry at universities on both sides of the Atlantic while also playing jazz regularly with some of the leading players in Britain and Europe. He has performed at leading jazz festivals and on BBC Radio 3 and 4. A regular star performer at Sladers Yard, his events are always red letter days. A published writer, Ian Smith and Alan Barnes recently wrote and performed in an acclaimed BBC Radio 4 drama, Blood Count, about the final recording of Duke Ellington.

Sladers Yard’s jazz evenings bring together some of the country’s best players in intimate evenings with stunningly delicious dinners cooked by Sladers Yard’s Licensed Café.  The Café specialises in fresh, organic and locally grown ingredients cooked to memorable Moorish and Mediterranean recipes. The £15 set price main course will be a choice of three dishes including meat, fish and vegetarian.  There will be a full menu of á la carte starters and desserts to complete your dinner if you like as well as a delicious wine list.

Ian smithThe Sunday champagne brunch menu will include a delicious choice including kedgeree, poached eggs, toast and croissants,  and fresh fruits with sparkling wine, orange juice, coffees, teas as well as Sunday lunchtime main courses and a full licensed bar.

Ian Smith has sold out the final event of the Bridport Literary Festival for the last two years with his memorable combination of jazz/poetry/anecdotes and commentary on a Sunday lunchtime. Playing now with Vimala Rowe at both these Sladers Yard events, expect to be entertained and  enthralled.

Phone 01308 459511 to book now!

About Sladers Yard

Sladers Yard is an art gallery and cafe in West Bay, Dorset. Our art gallery showcases contemporary British Art, Furniture and Craft whilst the licensed cafe serves fresh, locally produced homecooked food and drinks.
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