Vimala Rowe and the Ian Smith Trio play Ella Fitzgerald Saturday 15 November

The Ian Smith Trio with Vimala Rowe 

The Ella Fitzgerald Songbook.

Ian Smith Trumpet portraitSaturday 15 November

Dinner from 6.30pm.  Jazz from 8pm.

Tickets: £15 or £30 with dinner

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

A band made up of some of Britain’s leading jazz musicians arrives at Sladers Yard on Saturday 15th November for a creamy night of jazz classics with Ian Smith’s highly entertaining, hilarious and super-cool commentary. Joined by the fabulous VIMALA ROWE, they will play songs from the Ella Fitzgerald songbook.  


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 profoundly influenced 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” –

Winner of The Indy Music Award – Best Soul/Jazz/Funk act ’08

“A wonderful singer with a passionate delivery which completely captures the audience” – John Etheridge, Guitarist
“A captivating and seemingly effortless soulful voice” – Justin Wilkes, KISS FM

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 evenings are red letter days. A published writer, IanSmith 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.

The Ian Smith Trio are performing again, with a completely different programme at Sladers Yard on Sunday 16 November as part of the Bridport Literary Festival.  Ian Smith was a close friend of Harold Pinter over many years and is author of Pinter in the Theatre to which Pinter  contributed a foreword.  Both shared a love of jazz. Ian Smith will explore the deep connections between Harold Pinter’s love of jazz and his writing.  Tickets for this event have sold out. Phone 01308 459511 to book for Saturday evening now! 

Here is Vimala Rowe on 16th December 2013 at Ronnie Scott’s Jazz Club,Soho
Vimala Rowe vocals, Reuben James piano, Giacomo Smith clarinet, Fergus Ireland double bass, Pedro Segundo percussion, Dave Archer guitar

Great Jazz and Art at Sladers Yard 2 copyAbove is Ian Smith playing at Sladers Yard November 2013 with Ian Barnes sax, Dave Archer piano, Kevin Sanders bass in front of David Inshaw’s Pyrotechnics. Photo David Inshaw.


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