Saturday 20 July Doors open 8pm Music starts 8.30pm
Sarah Tandy is a unique voice within the new UK jazz generation. Coming from a background which encompassed vintage jazz LPs, classical music and Coleridge poetry, her music has been shaped by London’s thriving and diverse live music scene, where jazz is the shared language in an ever-shifting musical landscape.
She has swiftly risen to become one of the most in-demand players of her generation, with stints on keys for Jazz Jamaica, Nu Civilisation Orchestra, Maisha, Where Pathways Meet, Camilla George, Nubya Garcia, Nerija, Daniel Casimir, Binker Golding, Clark Tracey and many more. She is also a member of Ronnie Scotts House Band, the W3 Collective. Festival Appearances include Love Supreme Festival, Berlin Jazz Festival and two performances with her trio at the Ronnie Scotts International Piano Trio Festival supporting Robert Glasper.
As a musician she came into her own while studying English at Cambridge University, escaping the rigours of academia by poring over jazz standards on an old, beat up piano.
Returning to London, a residency at Dalston venue Servant’s Jazz Quarters immersed her in the city’s underground scene, making connections that sustain to this day.
New album ‘Infection In The Sentence’ was released last year, and the all-star band featured some stunning players – we’re talking Ezra Collective’s Femi Koleoso on drums, Binker Golding on saxophone, Sheila Maurice-Grey on trumpet, and Mutale Chashi on bass.
“I feel like most of what I have ever learnt about music and life has been from the musicians I play with. And the beauty of music is that it transcends boundaries and reaches that place where we are the same”, she says.
“When it came to writing my own music, one of the most important things was that it would leave room for everyone to express their own identities. The band is a very strong mix of personalities and I really wanted that to come across musically. So for that reason, I didn’t set out to write an ‘afrobeat’ album or a ‘modern jazz’ album… the music had to be able to accommodate everyone’s individual musical temperament”.
“The music developed gradually through many years playing on London’s underground music scene, and immersing myself in the myriad musical languages surrounding me. In the album I’m seeking to find a continuum between the jazz music which I grew up listening to, and the multi-faceted, genre-melting sounds of present day London…”
Intrigued? Check the concert out at the Wardrobe on 20th July…