Tara Minton Quartet: In the footsteps of Dorothy Ashby

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  • Toulouse Lautrec Jazz Club


  • Live Music
  • Tickets from £20.00
  • Jazz
  • Over 18
  • Sat, 27th May 2023 @ 20:30 - 23:00
  • 20:30 - 23:00

Dorothy Ashby, hailed as the 'Queen of Jazz Harp', was a trailblazer of modern jazz harp and a prominent figure in American jazz, yet often overlooked in history. A gifted musician, composer, and civil rights activist, she led 11 albums as a band leader and collaborated with renowned artists such as Louis Armstrong, Freddie Hubbard, and Stevie Wonder. Along with her husband, she established "The Ashby Players," a theater company that produced musicals shedding light on the plight of black Americans and advocating for social change. Despite facing resistance and criticism as a black female jazz musician daring to play jazz on the harp, her legacy now lives on as one of the most sampled artists of all time.

Tara Minton, a contemporary jazz harpist, vocalist, and composer, hailing from Melbourne, Australia, arrived in London in 2011 to pursue her dream of becoming a jazz harpist. Like Ashby, she also encountered resistance as a harpist trying to break into the jazz scene, but gradually made her way through. Starting with the 606 in Chelsea, Tara soon gained acceptance at other jazz clubs. Last year she made her headline debut at Ronnie Scott's with Stan Sulzmann on tenor saxophone, and she has performed with Geoff Gascoyne, Tony Kofi, Rob Luft, Emma Rawicz, Eska, the Ronnie Scott's All Stars and even Björk! 

Harp: Tara Minton  

Vibraphone: Jonny Mansfield

Double Bass: Ed Babar 

Drums: David Ingamells




Ticket Event time Cost
Standard Admission 20:30 - 23:00 £20.00



Toulouse Lautrec Jazz Club, 140 Newington Butts, SE11 4RN


Toulouse Lautrec
Paying tribute to the belle époque of Paris and one of its celebrants, Henri Toulouse Lautrec, we bring you a jewel of a venue in the heart of South London.   The Regent brothers have been running multi-award winning brasserie and live music spot for over a decade and their experience and passion shows. Come and enjoy a deliciously cooked meal, sampling from our classic French menu including top notch steak, fresh fish and veggie options too!  Boasting live music, seven days a week - you can enjoy dinner and a show in our piano bar and once you’ve sampled the creme brûlée, head upstairs to our Jazz Club! Expect quality performances wherever you decide to book. #tlvenue is not like any other Jazz club hosting talent from an array of genres including, Jazz (of course) Funk, Soul, Blues, Cabaret, Burlesque, Big Bands, and Theatre. There really is, something for everyone here at Toulouse. 

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