Every Friday and Saturday, following the 9.15PM ticketed event earlier that night, our distinctive cabaret space will play host to this late-night music show.
With a different band each day, playing from around 11.00pm until 12.30am, the diverse line-up will champion the likes of Blues, Jazz, Swing, Cuban, Calypso, Americana, African Highlife and everything in between.
Please do not book tickets. This show is completely free of charge with no reservation required. Entry will be on a first come, first served basis.
"Enigmatic, beguiling and intensely musical" - MOJO Magazine
"Sara Dowling is a jazz singer who is deeply inspired by the repertoire of the classic American songbook. And yet, as the clubs who have been booking her regularly in the over the past couple of years - Ronnie Scott's, the 606 and the Cinnamon Club - have spotted, there really is something different, special and fresh about her. And that she makes audiences want to come back to hear her again. It is not her heritage, although that is unusual: she was born in Muscat / Oman with Jordanian and Irish parents. Nor is it her first career: as a professional cellist. So what is it? First, the fabulous fearlessness with which she approaches the act of singing. And the burning conviction, the irresistible communicative power and jaw-dropping musicality she brings to it. And maybe the fact that she leaves no stone unturned in her preparation. As she says : "I like to learn huge lists of songs that belong to one composer, to get the feel of the composer and his style. There is beauty to be found in all songs if they are written by one of the greats. That's the beauty of the American Songbook." She trusts her voice and its range of timbre. She trusts her ability both to convey the emotion of very slow ballads - or to bring joy as she rip-roars and scats through faster songs. And above all she makes a wonderful connection both to the music and to the audience. As Guy Barker has said: "Her voice has all the qualities that you find in the great singers."
Written by Sebastian Scotney - Editor of London Jazz
Sara Dowling | voice
Ross Stanley | piano
Dario Di Lecce | bass
Steve Brown | drums