Sara Dowling Quartet

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Sara Dowling Quartet

Fri 11 11 2022 @ 8:00 pm - 10:45 pm

Sara Dowling Quartet

11 November 2022 at Crookes Social Club

8.00 – 10.45 pm, doors open 7.20 pm

Sara Dowling: vocals
Ross Stanley: piano, 
Dario Di Lecce: bass
Steve Brown: drums 

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Sara Dowling, one of the most talented jazz singers in the UK, who won Best Vocalist in the 2019 British Jazz Awards, makes her Sheffield Jazz debut with her regular band of top notch musicians. Although she cites Betty Carter and Sarah Vaughan as her most important influences, Sara has her own original style that resonates in her compositions as well as her unique approach to standards. A powerful and expressive vocalist and composer, her vocal approach is steeped in the jazz idiom. Expect a vibrant fusion of nostalgic classical harmonies and intense American post-bop rhythms of the late 1960s.

“She really is quite exceptional… How soon before it will become normal to think about her as one of the best jazz singers this country has?”– London Jazz News

Sara Dowling trained as a cellist at Chetham’s and the RNCM, before emerging as a Jazz vocalist. The fearlessness with which she approaches the act of singing, the burning conviction and the communicative power and musicality she brings to it has attracted widespread praise and numerous 5 star reviews. She has released two albums under her own name. Her first, ‘From Shadows Into Light’ is a mix of jazz standards and some newer compositions while her second, ‘Two Sides Of Sara’, a duo record with pianist Gabriel Latchin and Hammond Organist Bill Mudge has no originals, just jazz standards. Her third, titled ‘Right Now‘ and focussed on original compositions is due to be released in 2022. Sara has performed in some of the UK’s most prestigious jazz venues and festivals; Ronnie Scott’s, Buxton International, Swanage and Isle of Wight Jazz Festivals, as well as headlining festivals abroad in Italy, France and Hungary.

“Enigmatic, beguiling & intensely musical” – MOJO Magazine

“Rarely does a jazz singer grace our scene with such breathtaking authenticity and natural flair. Dowling is this thing” – Ian Shaw

Pianist and organist Ross Stanley is a graduate of the Guildhall School of Music and Drama who has played with many top jazz names including Eddie Gomez, Phil Robson, Gareth Lockrane, Dennis Rollins, Guy Barker, Ian Shaw, Jamie Cullum, Lianne Carroll, Norma Winstone, Stan Salzmann and John Parricelli. As well as being a regular member of the Hamish Stuart Band, Nigel Price’s and Jim Mullen’s Organ Trios, Trish Clowes ‘My Iris’ and Jacqui Dankworth’s band, Ross has also played with The Royal Philharmonic Orchestra and, The BBC Concert Orchestra, and Deodato and has recorded for Goldie, US3, Trevor Horn and Simply Red among others.

Dario Di Lecce is one of London’s most in-demand bass players. Heavily influenced by his heroes such as Joe Henderson and Jackie McLean, he has performed throughout Europe and the United States, with many world-famous international artists such as Grant Stewart, George Garzone, Steve Fishwick and Stacey Kent.

Drummer Steve Brown won the Drums and Rising Star categories in the 1999 British Jazz Awards and has gone on to win the British Jazz award ten times during the last 20 years. Steve has toured internationally and recorded with saxophonist Scott Hamilton as well as with artists including Benny Golson, Benny Green, Barry Harris, Junior Mance and Charles McPherson.

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Ticket Prices

Full – £16
Over 60s, disabled, unemployed – £14
Student with NUS card – £9
15 – 17 year olds – £4
Under 15s – Free

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Fri 11 11 2022
8:00 pm - 10:45 pm
Event Category:


Sheffield Jazz


Crookes Social Club
Mulehouse Road, Sheffield, S10 1TD + Google Map
0114 266 0114