Sara Dowling & Jamie Safir
Friday 25th March 2022
Tickets: £22.50 Seat at a shared Table for 4 /£17.50 Seat – No Table
The Hampstead Jazz Club is proud to present SARA DOWLING, one of the most heralded female jazz vocalists on the Jazz Scene today and with the title of best vocalist for the British Jazz Awards 2019, under her belt is fast gaining acclaim in the top echelons of performers.
“Sara is now a real force of nature within UK jazz with surely a great future ahead of her” – Jazz Views
Sara Dowling is a jazz singer who is deeply inspired by the repertoire of the classic American songbook. Her most important influences are Sarah Vaughan and Betty Carter. And yet, as the clubs who have been booking her regularly in and over the past couple of years, including Ronnie Scott’s and The Vortex, they have spotted there really is something different, special and fresh about her. Sarah entices audiences to want to come back to hear her time and time again.
It is not her heritage, as she was born in Muscat/Oman with Palestinian and Irish parents. Nor is it her first career as a professional cellist. So what is it?
First, the fabulous fearlessness with which she approaches the act of singing, and the burning conviction, the irresistible communicative power and jaw-dropping musicality she brings to it? Or? That she leaves no stone unturned in her preparation, as she states “I like to learn huge lists of songs that belong to one composer, to get the feel of the composer and his style?
“There is beauty to be found in all songs if they are written by one of the greats. That’s the beauty of the American Songbook.”
She trusts her voice and its range of timbre. She trusts her ability both to convey the emotion of very slow ballads, or, to bring joy as she rip-roars and scats through faster songs. And above all, she makes a wonderful connection both to the music and to the audience.
As Guy Barker has said: “Her voice has all the qualities that you find in the great singers“.
Ian Shaw said: “Rarely does a jazz singer grace our scene with such breathtaking authenticity and
natural flair. Dowling is this thing.”
Sara has performed in some of the UK’s most prestigious jazz venues and Festivals (Ronnie Scott’s,
Buxton International Festival, Swanage Jazz Festival), as well as headlining Festivals abroad in Italy
(Jazz In Borgo – Ferrazzano, Winter Teata – Pescara, Notte Bianca – Comacchio), France (Jazz En
Touraine 2020) and Hungary (Budapest Jazz Club).
Pianist, Keyboardist, Songwriter and Musical-Director Jamie Safir is in high demand across the UK and Europe and has worked with some of the finest names in jazz and pop music.
His performance credits include: Will Young, Birdy, Olly Murs, Rebecca Ferguson, Mica Paris, The Brand New Heavies, Steps, Louise Redknapp, Paul Heaton (The Beautiful South), Gabrielle Aplin, Tony Hadley & Tony Christie.
As a prominent member of the UK Jazz Scene he has worked with: Ian Shaw, Clare Teal, Judi Jackson, Claire Martin OBE, Liane Carroll, Joe Stilgoe, Iain Ballamy, Stan Sulzmann, Barb Jungr & Natalie Williams.
”…one of the biggest talents of British jazz piano” – Jay Rayner, The Guardian
Sara Dowling – Vocals
Jamie Safir – Piano
Please note, The Club is not licensed to allow access to Children under the age of 16 after 9pm, so for evening performances, please do not book tickets for children under the age of 16. Children aged 16 and above are welcome at any time.
Doors: 7:30 pm | Show: 8:00 pm