Watford Jazz Festival Gala Performance

Thursday 18th May

The opening night of the Watford Jazz Junction 2023 features the legendary soul singer Omar and the UK’s foremost Black British jazz vocalist Zara McFarlane.


Watford’s premier modern jazz festival kicks off its second year with a jaw-dropping double-headline show featuring sets from jazz vocal sensation Zara McFarlane and legendary singer Omar. Blurring the lines between jazz, reggae, nu-soul and soul, expect a memorable evening with two of the UK’s finest voices.

For more information about the Watford Jazz Junction visit www.watfordjazzjunction.com

Run-time: 2 hours 20 minutes (including 20 minute interval)

Line-up (expected):


  • Omar Lye-Fook – Vocals/keys
  • Lennox Cameron – Keys
  • Gordon Mulrain – Bass
  • Westley Joseph – Drums
  • Tony Remy – Guitar
  • Jim Hunt – Sax

Shanti Jayasingha – Trumpet


  • Zara McFarlane – Vocals
  • Renato Paris – Keys
  • Jihad Darwish – Bass
  • George Bird – Drums