Live Dates


The Sarah Bennett Trio/Quartet performs at venues and jazz festivals nationally, among which the Brecon, Cheltenham, Marlborough, Manchester, Teignmouth, Southport and Newark jazz festivals.

The trio/quartet performs Latin numbers sung in Brazilian Portuguese, English and French, contemporary jazz pieces, standards and originals and comprises voice, guitar and percussion, adding a bass to make the quartet.

The band has also performed at The Stables, Wavendon (the Laine Dankworth Centre), the National Portrait Gallery and the National Theatre. The quartet also supported Norma Winstone and Nikki Iles at the Four Four Time Buxton Jazz Festival in 2008.

Sarah sings in her own English accent and counts Norma Winstone, Blossom Dearie and Karen Carpenter as her main influences, particularly owing to an absence of superfluous vocal ornamentation which produces a clarity and directness of feeling. Julie Andrews is also a favourite.

SBQ’s first CD, “Willow’s Song”, (2001) mixes standards, contemporary jazz pieces, Latin tunes and the title track, features in the 1973 English cult film, "The Wicker Man". Two tracks from Willow’s Song were played on Best of Jazz, November 2002 on Radio 2 and Jazz Record Requests in January 2004.

The band’s 2006 release, "The Astronomer's Guest", comprises all original pieces in which the voice often features as an instrumental accompaniment.  Pianist Phil Ware comments:

"What a great vibe! I love the fact that Sarah sings in her own accent throughout; a rare enough and brave stylistic choice. It works really well in the context of the lyrics. You've achieved an overall quality to the album that I can only describe as British, quite possible even English. The off-centre nature of its theme, combined with the slightly mystical undertones and lyrical content would seem impossible delivered in any other accent.”