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Jazz Night: Sara Dowling

Monday 20 March 2017

Music starts from 8.30pm with Suggested contributions of £5 per person to help pay the musicians a fair fee for their performance.

Sara Dowling played the cello from a young age. At 12 she was awarded a scholarship for Chethams School Of Music and spent the subsequent ten years receiving a thorough classical training before gaining a degree at the Royal Northern College of Music. Accolades on the cello included performances for Yo Yo Ma, Steven Isserlis, and a concerto performance with the Halle Orchestra.

She left music altogether to become a classroom teacher at a comprehensive school in Bolton until one day 4 years later she walked past Matt and Phreds jazz club in Manchester where she felt a moment of utter madness, which led her to get up and sing a number. In 2010 she quit her teaching job and gradually started to learn the nuts and bolts of jazz, building a repertoire, heavily influenced by Ella Fitzgerald and Billie Holiday, Nancy Wilson and Betty Carter.

Alexander Bryson has received a bachelor’s degree in classical piano from Trinity College of Music in London, and a Masters degree at Mannes College, The New School for Music in New York. He has studied with Yonty Solomon, Philip Fowke, Nina Svetlanova, and most recently with Mory Ritt at the Aaron Copeland of School of Music, Queen’s College. He has also attended the classes of Barry Harris, and received lessons with Jeb Patton, Michael Weiss, Antonio Hart and Dennis Mackrell.

Nathaniel Steele is a jazz vibraphone player and drummer based in London. Since his arrival on the scene, he has quickly gained a reputation as a talented musician to watch out for, described by Clark Tracey as "one of the best vibes players this country has ever produced." Following in the style of Milt Jackson and Cal Tjader, Nat takes a two mallet approach to improvisation, focusing on melodic interpretation and a great swing feel. 

His quartet is regularly featured at the Late, Late show at Ronnie Scott's and as a result he has recently attracted compliments for his playing from the likes of Benny Green, Joe Locke, Jason Marsalis, Harold Mabern and Eric Alexander, has studied with Mike LeDonne and had the good fortune to sit in with both Benny Green and Wynton Marsalis. 

Music starts from 8.30pm with Suggested contributions of £5 per person to help pay the musicians a fair fee for their performance.


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