FEBRUARY 2019
Jam Experiment

Chosen as the ‘Shape of Jazz to Come in 2018’ in Jazzwise magazine, Jam Experiment are an award-winning band whose lineup includes the winner of the Rising Star award in the 2017 British Jazz Awards namely trombonist Rory Ingham. Jam Experiment balances dynamic jazz fusion with intricate compositions and adventurous improvisations. The unusual front line of trombone/violin/vocals is met with a high-octane rhythm section, and the ensemble has a synergy that results in pure musical gold.
Tickets £20/£15*

Sara Dowling

Gifted with immensely emotional vocals, Sara Dowling’s influences are far-reaching. With an Irish father and Lebanese mother, she grew up surrounded by the sounds of her father’s jazz collection and was influenced by Sarah Vaughan and Betty Carter. Sara is now one of the UK’s leading jazz vocalists. She is known for her interpretations of classic ballads as well as the energy and vigour with which she tackles the up-tempo standards from the Great American Song Book.
Tickets £19/£14*

Pete Long’s Jazz Planets

Popular sax player Pete Long is the musical director of the Ronnie Scott’s Jazz Orchestra, and for the last thirty years he has been researching and re-creating the music of Duke Ellington. While driving in his­­ car last year, “Venus” from the Planets Suite by Holst came on the radio. It suddenly struck Pete how Ellingtonian the curves of the melody were, and how Holst’s warped, flowing harmonic symmetry was so redolent of that of Ellington’s composing partner, Billy Strayhorn. In his arrangement for these seven superb musicians, Pete manages to keep Holst’s themes recognisable, but at the same time adapts them to sound like convincing jazz compositions. Expect a fun, swinging evening that’s out of this world!
Tickets £24/£19*


John Fordham of The Guardian describes Vein as one of Europe’s most exciting ensembles. Over the past decade the Basel-based trio has established an enviable reputation among jazz audiences. They are stylistically diverse and technically accomplished, and they blend the complexity of European classical chamber music with the thrills and energy of jazz improvisation at its most sophisticated. All three players are classically trained, and musical leadership is equally shared, creating a fluid, cosmopolitan sound. The group was immensely popular on their debut visit to Watermill Jazz, and this evening they will be playing originals balanced with adaptations of pieces from the classical and jazz traditions, including works from their acclaimed album ‘VEIN Plays Ravel’.
Tickets £19/£14*