Jazz at Progress | Steve Waterman Latin Jazz Quartet | Tickets on sale soon

Friday 27 September 2024 | Progress Theatre, Reading | 7: 30pm | £19.00 (£17.00 concessions, £10 under 16) plus maximum 5% booking fee.


Steve Waterman
trumpet & flugelhorn
John Donaldson piano
Rob Stratham bass
Buster Birch drums

For a couple of decades, Steve Waterman has been regarded as one of Britain’s finest and most versatile trumpet and flugelhorn player, winning awards as the Number One on several occasions. He began his career while studying at Trinity College of Music, and since then has worked regularly on the British, European and International jazz scene. His Latin jazz credentials are of the highest quality including being a favourite and regular participant at the Havana Jazz Festival, to which he was first invited in 2002 to perform in the Chucho Valdes Band, alongside some of the greatest Cuban instrumentalists.

 

He has played at the top London venues with several UK based Latin bands. He formed his own Latin piano quartet in 2019 which plays the precise core rhythms from Brazil, Cuba and Dominican Republic and compositions by Jobin, Puente, Mendez and others, but also revitalises some more familiar American Songbook classics playing them using the same Latin core rhythms.

John Donaldson is a gifted pianist and composer who began playing jazz gigs at the Cambridge Modern Jazz Club’s resident trio along with Chucho Merchan and Nic France. He won the prize for best soloist at the San Sebastian International Jazz Competition in 1980 moving to California in 1982 where he stayed for eleven years working with most of the well known West Coast bands. He returned to London in 1993 where he continues to work with all the big names on the British jazz scene. Along side him is Rob Stratham on bass who teaches bass at BIMM Music Institute in London, and Buster Birch is an award winning drummer who studied at the top schools in London and New York. He is also a jazz educator, author, promoter and broadcaster.