VIMALA ROWE and the Ian Smith Jazz Trio
Vimala Rowe sings Sarah Vaughan, Billie Holiday, Julie London & Ella Fitzgerald songbooks in her own effortlessly soulful and witty style. Bring your friends for a cabaret-style dinner with exceptional jazz.
Saturday 7 May Dinner from 6.30pm, Jazz 8pm
Tickets: £15 or £30 with dinner
The gorgeous VIMALA ROWE brings true star quality to the hot jazz classics with IAN SMITH on trumpet with his always spectacular band. Ian Smith’s humorous introductions add to a very special evening.
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.
“Vimala Rowe is Sensational” – The Arts Desk
“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” – Birdlives.co.uk
“A wonderful singer with a passionate delivery which completely captures the audience” – John Etheridge, Guitarist
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 wrote and performed in an acclaimed BBC Radio 4 drama, Blood Count, about the final recording of Duke Ellington. His band includes two of the finest jazz players in the south west.
Sladers Yard’s jazz evenings bring together some of the country’s best players in intimate evenings with wonderful food cooked by Sladers Yard’s Licensed Café’s chefs. On Saturday evening, you can choose from a three-course dinner menu. The £15 ticket price buys a full main course from a choice of seafood, free-range meat or vegetarian/vegan dishes. A wonderful selection of starters, desserts, cheese and wines are also available.
Phone 01308 459511 to book now!