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Touring for the release of her much-anticipated new album, What We’re Made Of, Sara Colman’s expressive songwriting blurs musical genres into her own captivating, emotional style. Sara is regarded by her peers as one of the finest vocalists and songwriters in the UK, having performed with leading lights in British music including Laura Mvula, Liane Carroll and Mahalia.
Sara’s new band – Rebecca Nash (piano), Steve Banks (guitar), Ben Markland (bass), Jonathan Silk (drums) – features some of the most exiting musicians from the jazz world, bringing her original writing very much to life. Inspired by her love of classic songwriting and instinctive improvisational energy, Sara’s musical journey brings her jazz sensibility into roots music territory, her profound originals sitting alongside arrangements and the jazz rock of Walter Becker, the folk-tinged worlds of Joni Mitchell and Paul Simon, and the contemporary jazz, improvisation, folk and Americana of Bill Frisell.
We welcome a guest string quartet to the line-up, who also provide backing vocals: Ning-ning Li (violin), Beth Bellis (violin), Natalie Mason (viola) and Katie Nagle (cello).
‘If there’s another solo vocal album released by a UK jazz artist this year that supplies a bigger sugar-rush of auditory pleasure than Ready, I’ll eat the next Jazzwise covermount CD.’ Jazzwize Magazine
The evening will be opened by The Magic Lantern, the musical moniker of singer-songwriter Jamie Doe, a rising star of London’s diverse music scene. Among other accolades, he has performed with Jamie Cullum at the BBC Proms, sang on Sam Lee’s ‘Lovely Molly’ which won Best Traditional Track at the BBC Radio 2 Folk Awards, and toured alongside Mancunian poet and saxophonist Alabaster Deplume.
In 2017, Jamie released his third album, To The Islands, which draws on a wide range of sounds and textures, from afro-beat grooves, to solo piano, string quintet lyricism to narcotic late night saxophone jams, all united by Jamie’s instantly recognisable voice and inimitable song-writing style.