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Home What's On Music Karen Sharp Quartet, including Nikki Iles


Home What's On Music Karen Sharp Quartet, including Nikki Iles

Music: Karen Sharp Quartet, including Nikki Iles

Following advice from the Government for people to avoid public places including restaurants and theatres, Rosehill Theatre and The Green Room restaurant are closed until further notice and bookings have been suspended. We will reopen as soon as it is considered safe and sensible to do so.

Performance information

Saxophonist Karen Sharp, a multiple award winner and prominent artist on the jazz scene, appears with her long-established line-up of Nikki Iles (piano), Dave Green (bass) and Steve Brown (drums) - world-class musicians who are also great friends. Together they create a unique sound that is warm, spontaneous and exciting.

The quartet have recorded two albums to date, Spirit and The Sun, The Moon and You, both of which include familiar, lesser-known and original tunes showcasing the unique spirit of a band with a shared passion for strong melodies, group interplay and respect for the jazz tradition.

After graduating in composition at the Royal Northern College of Music, Karen discovered a love of jazz and was inspired to play the tenor sax by two giants of improvisation - Dexter Gordon and Sonny Rollins. She toured with Humphrey Lyttelton's band for four years, while also establishing her own band and recording the first of five albums under her own name.

She has toured and recorded extensively with such wonderful musicians as Tina May, Nikki Iles, Esther Miller, Jeremy Pelt, Alan Barnes, John Dankworth and Jacqui Dankworth - most of whom have also performed at Rosehill - as well as working alongside the likes of Ken Peplowski, Howard Alden, Scott Hamilton, Warren Vache and Harry Allen.


A busy and popular musician with an accessible yet distinctive style, Karen has won the tenor saxophone category of the British Jazz Awards on numerous occasions. She tours regularly with her quartet, plays with numerous larger ensembles and was part of the Guy Barker Big Band at the BBC Proms in 2015 and 2017.

Nikki, pianist and composer, was a founder member of the innovative Creative Jazz Orchestra and is in demand as a performer. Although well known as a pianist, composition remains a major part of her musical life with commissions including the London Sinfonietta, the London Philharmonic's Renga, Tim Garland's Underground Orchestra and the National Youth Jazz Orchestra.

With a parallel career as a widely respected teacher, Nikki is professor of jazz piano at the Royal Academy of Music and Middlesex University as well as giving masterclasses around the world. She has been a driving force behind the jazz syllabus at the Associated Board of the Royal Schools of Music and continues to publish with Oxford University Press.

She received an IAJE award in America for her services to jazz and her profile as a performer was recognised with a British Jazz Award, while also being nominated for a Parliamentary Jazz Award and two composition fellowships.

Nikki has performed at Rosehill twice in the past 18 months - first with Tina May in December 2018, when they presented Piaf and Friends in an exciting evening of supper and song on the stage, and then on Mother's Day 2019, when they were joined by bass player Julie Walkington for a jazz journey around Berlin, Paris and Broadway. We look forward to welcoming her back.

Meanwhile, Dave started on tea-chest bass in local skiffle groups before buying his first double bass at 15. Local gigs followed, often with neighbour Charlie Watts and trumpeter Brian Jones. Turning professional in 1963 he worked with Keith Ingham, multi-instrumentalist Pete Shade, the Don Rendell Quintet and Benny Goodman.

In 1965 he joined Humphrey Lyttelton, remaining with the band for 18 years, but managing to combine the work with playing with Stan Tracey and accompanying many visiting American jazzmen such as Zoot Sims, Sonny Rollins, Ben Webser, AL Cohn and Benny Carter.

For the past 15 years he has been part of the Scott Hamilton Quartet and continues to work with Alan Barnes, Henry Lowther and Gareth Williams, among many others.

Steve started playing drums at the age of 15 and by 1992 was playing with visiting Americans. He went on to study in New York and was a finalist in the European Jazz Competition in Germany as part of the Jim Hunt Quartet. He also worked in the Far East with Dave Newton, as well as playing in Spain and France.

His career took off when he moved to London in 1996 and made his first recording. He has since worked with almost every major British artist has become one of the most sought-after drummers in the country.

In addition to being part of Scott Hamilton's Quartet since 2000, Steve was a member of John Bunch's British trio and has recorded numerous albums with both of these groups.

Together, Dave and Steve are often described as this country's "Rolls Royce of rhythm sections".

Pre-performance dining

The Green Room is open for pre-performance dining, with à la carte options served all day from 12pm. A pre-theatre menu is available at £22 for two courses and £25 for three.

The restaurant is very busy before performances and reservations are advisable. Book and pre-pay online with your tickets (please state preferred time of dining in the "booking notes" field) or call the box office.

Performance times and tickets

  • Saturday 13 June • 7.30pm
  • Tickets
    £20 • £10 U26
    Plus booking fee

    Pre-performance dining
    Three-course menu £25 • two-course menu £22

  • A booking fee of up to £1.50 applies to most transactions

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