Garden grooves: Saturday night Jazz at the American Museum & Gardens

September 14, 2019 6:30 pm - 9:00 pm

Improvise your Saturday evenings to take in some jazz on the lawns and terrace at Bath’s newest garden destination. Fuse a walk on the Winding Way, with a glass or two of American inspired drinks and of course listen to the best in local jazz music.

Tonights music is provided by Sam Crockatt and guests.
Sam Crockatt – Tenor saxophone, Dave Newton – piano, Riaan Vosloo – double bass, Mark Whitlam – drums

Sam Crockatt – Tenor saxophone

Sam Crockatt is a unique voice on the tenor saxophone. He has played in venues across the country and as far abroad as Serbia and Tahiti. As well as leading his own band Sam has appeared with amongst others Pete King, Julian Arguelles, and Gwilym Simcock. His first album ‘Howeird’ won album of the year in the 2009 Parliamentary Jazz Awards and his subsequent two albums have received glowing reviews.

“A sublime listening experience.”
Concerto Magazine (Germany)

“Hooky punches and imaginative harmonies… Mells Bells further burnishes Crockatt’s substantial reputation.”
The Guardian

Mark Whitlam – Drums

Mark is busy drummer on the UK jazz scene, having played with many of the countries finest musicians, including Andy Sheppard, Pee Wee Ellis, Dave Newton, Clare Teal, Claire Martin, Tina May and Jim Mullen and is part of Iain Ballamy’s new quartet with Jason Rebello and Percy Pursglove. As a composer he co-writes material for up-coming Bristol-based Neo-Soul band We Are Leif, whose second album has just been recorded in Norway.

Dave Newton – Piano

David Newton began his musical career in theatre before switching to jazz piano and after making his first recording with Martin Taylor and Buddy De Franco, was persuaded to move to London by his old Leeds College room-mate, Alan Barnes. Thanks to an award winning album with Scottish singer Carol Kidd, Newton gained a reputation as an accompanist for singers and as a direct result, has developed his insight and affinity with the Great American Songbook.
Newton has fifteen albums in his name and collaborated on over eighty with other artists. He was made a fellow of The City of Leeds College of Music in 2003 and has won the British Jazz Awards fifteen times.

Riaan Vosloo – Double Bass

Double bassist, composer and educator, Riaan Vosloo has made many appearances with many well-known artists and has a growing portfolio of compositions and album credits, including work for Jamie Cullum, Universal, Sony, Ninja Tune, Decca records, Tru Thoughts, and Impossible Ark Records.
On top of his freelance work Riaan currently occupies the Bass chair in many projects including Nostalgia 77, Twelves, James Allsop/Ross Stanley quartet, Ed Jones quartet and Richard Fairhurst’s Triptych.


Bar and doors from 6.30pm (last orders at 8.30pm). Music from 7.30pm.

Designated drivers (must be accompanied by a ticket holder) are FREE and will receive two free soft drinks.

Tickets are not refundable.

The performance and seating space is outside. You may wish to bring your own seat/blanket/cushion.

No cover or heating is provided.

In the event of inclement weather the performance may move indoors.

Please bring a torch.

Please note: only drinks purchased at the Museum bar can be consumed onsite.