John Etheridge & Vimala Rowe Quartet

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Last Show: Saturday 9 th September 2023

PizzaExpress Jazz Club (Soho)

John Etheridge and Vimala Rowe scored a resounding critical success with their album ‘Out of the Sky’, which was in the Top Ten Critic’s lists for 2016 in both the Guardian and Sunday Times. Vimala Rowe is a sensational singer who has mesmerised audiences since she emerged a few years ago and has the same wide ranging skills and tastes as Etheridge. They are ideal partners, alike in their search for musical adventure and authenticity. Tonight they will be joined by Pete Whittaker (organ) and George Double (drums) on many pieces, they will feature music from the album plus new repertoire which includes Vimala’s now celebrated tribute to Billie Holiday.

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"A rare mix of visceral emotion and jazzy intelligence"


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. Etheridge has over the years worked in contexts from Classical, Jazz to Progressive Rock, whereas Rowe’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.

One of the defining features of the duo’s work is the commitment and passion of their delivery. Rowe is a fiery performer by any standards- yet the paring down to just two produces intimacy and drama alike. Explosive but chambered. The big effect and the delicate gesture. The pieces are carefully chosen to surprise, but above all to take the listener on an emotional journey through joy and pain, sombre or swinging. There’s dark and light. A real musical journey.

Band Line Up

John Etheridge (guitar)

Vimala Rowe (vocals)

Pete Whittaker (organ)

George Double (drums)