MAY 2017
The Printmakers - Celebrating Norma Winstone’s 75th Birthday
The supergroup Printmakers comes together at Watermill Jazz to celebrate Grammy-nominated vocalist Norma Winstone’s recent 75th birthday. Brought together by their collective love of song, each member is a musical innovator in their own right. Their music defies category and sets out to cross the boundaries that traditionally separate jazz, folk and the contemporary music world. This will be The Printmakers’ first concert performing totally new material written both within the band and by great contemporary musicians such as Fred Hersch, Christine Jensen, Kenny Wheeler, Ralph Towner and Joni Mitchell.
Tickets £23/£18*

Zoe Rahman
A vibrant and highly individual pianist and composer, MOBO award-winner Zoe Rahman’s style is deeply rooted in jazz yet it reflects her classical background, British/Bengali heritage and her very broad musical taste. Known for her powerful technique, wide-ranging imagination and exuberant performance, she has become a highly sought-after musician, working most recently with the likes of George Mraz, Courtney Pine and Jerry Dammers’ Spatial AKA Orchestra. Zoe’s latest album, Dreamland, showcases the depth and breadth of her musical imagination, featuring new compositions alongside tracks by Duke Ellington, Jessica Williams, Rabindranath Tagore, and solo renditions of some of her back catalogue. This is a rare opportunity to hear one of the UK’s most gifted jazz pianists in an intimate solo piano setting.
Tickets £18/£13*

Hexagonal formed in 2016 to play the music of the late, great South African composer and multi-instrumentalist Bheki Mseleku with whom bassist Simon Thorpe and pianist John Donaldson toured a decade or so ago including an appearance at Watermill Jazz. In addition to Bheki’s compositions the group will be playing pieces by McCoy Tyner as well as their own originals, while staying close to the spirit of Bheki’s music.
Tickets £21/£16*

Simon Allen Quintet & Nonet

Best known for his work with the late Stan Tracey, Simon has established himself as one of the most exciting improvisors on the UK jazz scene today. His CV includes playing with such diverse artists as Peter King and Robbie Williams, featuring on the Jools Holland ‘Later...’ TV show and playing the part of US icon Paul Desmond for the Birmingham Royal Ballet’s ‘Take Five’ suite. Tonight’s concert will focus on Simon’s arrangements of standards played by both his quintet and by an enlarged 9 piece band, featuring upcoming young musicians including 2016 BBC Young Jazz Musician of the Year Alexandra Ridout and 2014 finalist Sean Payne.
Tickets £20/£15*

Chris Ingham Quartet – The Jazz of Dudley Moore

The beloved comic actor Dudley Moore was also one of the UK’s most dazzling, swinging jazz pianists and a composer of wit and depth. Chris Ingham’s Quartet revisit Moore’s music, playing sounds from the fabulous 1960s Decca trio albums, the TV show ‘Not Only But Also’ and the brilliant movie soundtracks for ‘Bedazzled’ and ‘30 Is A Dangerous Age, Cynthia’.
Tickets £19/£14*