John Etheridge & Vimala Rowe

John Etheridge & Vimala Rowe

21st April 2019

John Etheridge rightly enjoys a glowing reputation throughout the jazz world and beyond, and has been described by Pat Metheny as, "One of the world's best guitarists".

A prodigiously gifted and creative player whose approach to music can only be described as 'eclectic', John refuses to accommodate or even acknowledge artificial musical boundaries. His range is well illustrated by his years of touring and recording with the iconic Stephane Grappelli, while simultaneously doing likewise with the legendary jazz-fusion group, Soft Machine.

Equally at home on acoustic and electric guitar, John’s willingness to engage with so many styles is matched by his ability to excel in any of them, which has seen him perform with John Williams, Yehudi Menuhin, Dizzy Gillespie, Herb Ellis, Mundell Lowe, Nigel Kennedy, Pat Metheny, Birelli Lagrene, Barney Kessel, Vic Juris and countless others.

It is safe to say, then, that when it comes to playing companions, John's judgement is second to none. In vocalist Vimala Rowe, he has not only found a partner of rare ability, but a talent that perfectly complements his explorative nature.

An exemplary jazz singer with a faultless and deft expression, Vimala has a unique style that is further enhanced by her previous training in classical Hindustani vocals. Her soulful, moving and unerringly committed performances on the duo's debut CD, ‘Out Of The Sky’, are truly revelatory.

‘Out Of The Sky’, which was a top 10 critics' choice in The Guardian and Sunday Times, is an album that offers both a quintessential jazz feel and the discernible atmosphere of new territory being discovered. Peppered throughout the refined jazz and blues tones are tantalising touches of flamenco, Indian classical and African timbres that beat at the boundaries of genre.

This combination of influences, along with the duo's staggering sensitivity to each other's styles, makes ‘Out Of The Sky’ an other-worldly experience. Perhaps most pleasingly, the tracks also resonate with the deeply personal - as well as musical - connection shared by these two artists at the top of their game.

"Etheridge makes a strong impression as both a blues based jazz guitarist and also as a soloist who can fill out bass and harmony parts without need of a rhythm accompaniment." - Jazz Review.

"A singer of quite astonishing versatility and adaptability... She also has performance experience, a compelling stage presence, and savvy to burn." - London Jazz News.

"Etheridge proved from the outset that he can keep all the grit and excitement of his band playing intact, even within a solo context." - The Times.

"It was maybe the first time most of us had encountered Vimala Rowe and, just as we'd been hit for six when we first heard Cecile McLorin Salvant at Whitley Bay a few years back, Vimala Rowe also hit a few that didn't touch the ground!" - Bebop Spoken Here.

"... there's never a moment's doubt about his awesome authority whenever he touches a guitar.” - The Guardian.

Tickets £16 / £14 Concessions. Students £6
Jazz Express not available for this concert
Doors open 7.00pm, starts 7.30pm

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