"Etheridge makes a strong impression as both a blues based jazz guitarist and also as a soloist who can fill out bass and harmony parts without need of
a rhythm accompaniment."
- Jazz Review
"Etheridge proved from the outset that he can keep all the grit and excitement of his band playing intact, even within
a solo context."
- The Times
" . . . there's never a moment's doubt about his awesome authority whenever he touches a guitar."
- The Guardian
"A rare mix of visceral emotion and jazzy intelligence." - Sunday Times
John Etheridge & Vimala Rowe
A fortuitous meeting in North London brought together legendary guitar veteran John Etheridge and extravagantly talented singer Vimala Rowe, who have developed a highly personal repertoire from an eclectic mix of musics - original and traditional.
Both performers have a protean range of influences. John has, over the years, worked in contexts from classical and jazz to Prog Rock, whereas Vimala's span seems almost instinctive - effortlessly absorbing and blending the worlds of all the great soul and jazz singers into a personal mix, including Indian Classical, African Folk and Syriac Aramaic.
A prodigiously gifted and creative player whose approach to music can only be described as 'eclectic', John refuses to accommodate or even acknowledge artificial musical boundaries. His range is well illustrated by his years of touring and recording with the iconic Stephane Grappelli, while simultaneously doing likewise with the legendary jazz-fusion group, Soft Machine.
Equally at home on acoustic and electric guitar, John's willingness to engage with so many styles is matched by his ability to excel in any of them, which has seen him perform with John Williams, Yehudi Menuhin, Dizzy Gillespie, Herb Ellis, Mundell Lowe, Nigel Kennedy, Pat Metheny, Birelli Lagrene, Barney Kessel, Vic Juris and countless others.
It is safe to say, then, that when it comes to playing companions, John's judgement is second to none. In vocalist Vimala Rowe, he has not only found a partner of rare ability, but a talent that perfectly complements his explorative nature.
An exemplary jazz singer with a faultless and deft expression, Vimala has a unique style that is further enhanced by her previous training in classical Hindustani vocals. Her soulful, moving and unerringly committed performances on the duo's debut CD, Out Of The Sky, are truly revelatory.
A top 10 critics' choice in The Guardian and The Sunday Times, it's an album that offers both a quintessential jazz feel and the discernible atmosphere of new territory being discovered. Peppered throughout the refined jazz and blues tones are tantalising touches of flamenco, Indian classical and African timbres that beat at the boundaries of genres.
With this outstanding collaboration, John and Vimala have created an album that marks out the vocalist-guitarist duo as a site of previously untapped possibility.
"A singer of quite astonishing versatility and adaptability . . .
She also has performance experience, a compelling stage presence, and
savvy to burn."
- London Jazz News
"It was maybe the first time most of us had encountered Vimala Rowe and, just as we'd been
hit for six when
we first heard
Cecile McLorin Salvant at Whitley Bay a few years back, Vimala Rowe also hit a few that didn't touch the ground!"
- Bebop Spoken Here
"A captivating and seemingly
effortless soulful voice." - Kiss FM
Tickets: £16 / £14 Concessions. Students £6 (+ Booking Fees)
Doors: 7.00pm. 1st Set: 7.30pm