This month marked 30 years of Stratford Jazz. I was delighted to be invited to perform at Stratford Arts House, the home of Stratford Jazz with Neil Hunter, Tom Haines and The Birmingham Jazz Orchestra. It was a fantastic and very well attended night …. the drinks flowed, the music played and we ate a lot of cake!
About Sheila Waterfield
Sheila’s sound is a unique blend of jazz, folk, soul and blues. She is an accomplished, award winning vocalist and a very popular performer at music venues and festivals. She is one of those impressive singers who can instill a beautiful warm delicacy into ballads and a lively, spirited energy into the blues. She received raving reviews for her performances at The Festival of Song Cheltenham, Jazz Live Grimsby and Big Band Festival Aberdeenshire.
‘A beautifully warm, expressive voice’ – Ron Bailey, Jazz Live.
Sheila was born and grew up in Coventry, England and is the youngest of seven sisters, many of whom are accomplished musicians and singers. The family was largely influenced by Sheila’s Mother who grew up in a large traditional Irish family where music was part of everyday life. Her Father was a naturally gifted and talented singer and sang the songs of Bing Crosby, Nat King Cole and Frank Sinatra effortlessly. These early influences of Irish, folk and jazz set the scene for Sheila’s musical journey thus far. Sheila demonstrated her love of singing from a very young age which was encouraged by her Irish Mother and from the tender age of seven, performed at festivals and competitions in England and Ireland. By the age of twelve she was featured on Radio Eireann having won the title of ‘All England Champion’ in traditional Irish singing. Sheila was also part of The Shannon Youth Ceilidh Band with whom she regularly sang and played the Irish whistle.
From the early 90’s Sheila found herself to be an in demand vocalist, from original projects to high end function work, providing lead and backing vocals for many of the UK’s top bands. She was invited to perform at The Millennium Dome’s closing ceremony in 2000 which is her largest audience to date.
2013 saw the release of album ‘I Wish You Love’ – produced and arranged by jazz pianist Graham Dent. The collaboration took place in the spring of 2012 when Sheila decided that she wanted to a produce a musical tribute to her Mother who passed away from dementia in 2010. The album also features Mike Green (bass), Andy Davey (sax), David Williams (guitar) and Steve Street (drums and percussion).
In 2015 Sheila released album ‘Reverie’ featuring the fabulous talents of John Hodgetts (piano and keyboards), Federico Girlando (drums and percussion), Adrian Litvinoff (double bass), Si Hayden (guitar), Ian Chalk (trumpet), Gary Barnacle (tenor sax) and Alan Wakeman (soprano sax). The album combines jazz, swing, funk and bossa to create a fresh take on some classic songs.
Sheila has been privileged to have worked with many wonderful musicians to include Ian Hill, Nick Millward, Wayne Matthews, Neil Hunter, Ian Beestin, Dougie Wright, Martin Rowberry, Geoff Pearson, Carl Hemmingsley, Tom Bull, Steve Salkind and Stuart Barker to name a few. Her band line-up can be anything from a piano/vocal duo up to a 17 piece big band and she can be seen performing around the UK with various projects at festivals, jazz venues and corporate events.
Sheila has several recording projects nearing completion – in addition to this Sheila is currently successfully collaborating with musicians on her original compositions and is looking forward to an album release and tour, watch this space ……..
Again, it was a great privilege to be invited to perform at Birmingham Jazz and Blues Festival, now bigger and better than ever as it expands across the region to incorporate Solihull as well as Birmingham. Now into it’s 32nd year, the Festival continues to go from strength to strength as it expands, not only geographically, but also in terms of the wide range of activities and entertainment on offer. I was delighted to be offered two dates, the first of which was at the Touchwood Centre in Solihull with John Hodgetts on keys and the second at the delightful El Borracho De Ora restaurant in Birmingham, again with John Hodgetts on keys and Wayne Matthews on bass. Photography by Merlin Daleman, courtesy of Hortons.
Leamington Rugby Club in Warwickshire is the home of the ever popular Leam-Jazz Club and annual Leam-Jazz Festival. It was my second time to perform at the Festival, joined on stage this year by Ian Hill (saxes), David Williams (guitar), Wayne Matthews (bass) and Spencer Hedges (drums). A thoroughly enjoyable day was had by all! Photography by Henryk Delong.
I have had the pleasure of seeing many great acts at The Silvershine Jazz Club in Bearwood so it was a huge honour to perform there with my trio this month. John Hodgetts (keys), Mike Green (bass) and Ian Beestin (drums). It was Andy Hamilton MBE who first started a Jazz club in Bearwood in the mid ’80s and it has continued, though the venue has changed; Dirty Betts, the King’s Head, the Bear Tavern and finally Bearwood Corks Club where the club has been for over a decade. The club has been re-branded as the “Silvershine Jazz Club” after Andy Hamilton’s best selling album. Congratulations to the Jazz Club for keeping Jazz alive in Bearwood and establishing and maintaining a legacy for the great man! Photography by Russ Escritt.
It was a delight to play at The Daffodil in Cheltenham, located on the beautiful Suffolk Parade in The Cotswolds Regency spa town of Cheltenham. The Daffodil restaurant is a hidden gem, tucked inside a beautiful 1920’s cinema. The building has many unique period features; the sweeping staircase, art deco features, projectors and beautiful entrance reception, the venue has been sympathetically adapted in keeping with the Hollywood glamour and art deco style synonymous with the venue since the 20’s. A most enjoyable gig with Graham Dent on piano and Mike Green on bass.
I quiet few months over the Autumn period in terms of live performances, however, a very productive period in the studio – I have several projects nearing completion and look forward to sharing the music!
This month I was invited to perform at Chung Ying Central as part of Birmingham International Jazz and Blues Festival, accompanied by an extremely talented and versatile rhythm section in the shape of John Hodgetts (keys), Wayne Matthews (bass) and Ian Beestin (drums). The festival coincided with what would have been Billie Holiday’s 100th birthday so we decided to pay tribute to the Jazz great with a selection of songs Billie performed over her 30 year musical career.
Work on my home studio has been completed! I’m so delighted with the end result and look forward to spending many creative/recording/rehearsal hours in there.
There will be lots more content added over the coming weeks so keep checking for updates.
Somewhat later than planned – my new album ‘Reverie’ is released. This has been over 2 years in the making – originally I had set out to complete the project within 12 month, just a little under with my estimation! However it’s here and I’m delighted with it, hope you will be too!
Mine was especially wonderful as not only was I treated to a meal, chocolate and flowers but I had a guest appearance at The Style Bar, the venue for Rugby’s monthly jazz jam. I sang to a very appreciative audience and was backed by a wonderful rhythm section and some excellent brass players. The day couldn’t have been any better!
|08 Apr 2017||Sheila Waterfield Duo||Banbury, Oxfordshire Upton House, 7.30pm||Upton House, 7.30pm|
|20 Apr 2017||Sheila Waterfield Band||Bilston, West Midlands The Trumpet Jazz Club, 8pm||The Trumpet Jazz Club, 8pm|
|24 Apr 2017||Sheila Waterfield Quartet||Kidderminster, Worcester Aggborough Jazz Club, 8pm||Aggborough Jazz Club, 8pm|
|07 May 2017||Sheila Waterfield Trio||Birmingham Botanical Gardens, 2pm||Botanical Gardens, 2pm|
|16 May 2017||Sheila Waterfield Band||Bilston, West Midlands The Trumpet Jazz Club, 8pm||The Trumpet Jazz Club, 8pm|
|19 May 2017||Sheila Waterfield Trio||West Bromwich, West Midlands Sandwell Arts Cafe, 12 midday||Sandwell Arts Cafe, 12 midday|
|15 Sep 2017||Sheila Waterfield Duo||Leicester Cini Restaurant, 8pm||Cini Restaurant, 8pm|
|12 Jan 2017||Sheila Waterfield Band||Bedford The Rose Club, 8pm||The Rose Club, 8pm|
|08 Mar 2017||Sheila Waterfield & House Band||Leamington Spa, Warks. 8pm Bedford Street Jazz Jam||Bedford Street Jazz Jam|
|16 Mar 2017||Sheila Waterfield Quartet||Bilston, West Midlands The Trumpet Jazz Club, 8pm||The Trumpet Jazz Club, 8pm|
More dates to be announced!
“Sheila provides the charisma and exceptional vocal talent to make any event a musical experience not to be missed !”
Festival of Song, Cheltenham
“The combination of Sheila’s voice and the quality of the musicians was a real treat and totally unforgettable.”
Tony Barker, AMS Systems Annual Dinner Dance
“It was great to see such a polished performance.”
Ron Bailey, Jazz Live Grimsby
“Thanks for making our night a truly memorable occasion.”
Mr & Mrs Staunton, 50th Wedding Anniversary Celebration
“Whether performing a smooth Rogers & Hart ballad to a big band Miller arrangement, Sheila has the ability to capture the essence of a melody and lyric with passion.”
Big Band Festival, Aberdeenshire
“Sheila’s rendition of ‘Embraceable You’ brought tears to my eyes.”
Wedding of Mark and Katy Young, St. Mary’s Church, Essex