Stratford Circus Arts Centre

E15 Jazz Sessions

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    2 hours (approx.)
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    £10 in advance / £12 on the door

E15 Jazz Sessions showcase live contemporary jazz from a mix of established international musicians and bright new talent in Stratford's regular jazz night.

Fri 13 Dec - Dave O'Higgins Quartet

With his clear sense of melodic development and adventure, saxophonist Dave O’Higgins has a highly personal and recognisable sound. A popular performer with the public, with an excellent sense of pacing and presentation, he has relentlessly pursued artistic and sonic exploration and development with a deep respect for the tradition of the music.

Made up of the finest UK-based musicians at the peak of their distinguished careers, the quartet plays swing music with a jazz style firmly in the harmonic and melodic tradition. Led by Dave, the quartet includes pianist Graham Harvey, bassist Geoff Gascoyne and Sebastiaan de Krom on drums. They will be playing a mixture of new originals and standards from their latest recording.

Upcoming Dates

Fri 13 Dec - Dave O'Higgins Quartet
Fri 24 Jan - Dominic Howles Quintet
Fri 14 Feb - Basil Hodge Quartet
Fri 13 Mar - Ese Okorodudu, Faye Patton & Michele Drees
Fri 17 Apr - Esther Bennet & Hannah Horton Quartet
Fri 15 May - Sara Dowling Quartet
Fri 26 Jun - Paul Westwood & Rob Hervais-Adelman
Fri 10 Jul - Artist TBC

O’Higgins plays with quite exceptional fluency and his fund of ideas never runs out.

The Observer

Fri 24 Jan - Dominic Howles Quintet

We begin the new year with an amazing evening of jazz inspired by classic hard bop and Blue Note sounds from the Dominic Howles Quintet. The line-up features incredible performers: flautist Gareth Lockrane, tenor saxophonist Dave O'Higgins, pianist Nick Tomalin and drummer Matt Fishwick, all led by Dominic on double bass.

Clever writing and a good band: unbeatable.


Fri 14 Feb - Basil Hodge Quartet

Join us for a very special Valentine's Day edition of the E15 Jazz Sessions, with pianist Basil Hodge.

An exceptional performer and established composer, Basil has performed with some of leading UK players such as Jim Mullen, Tony Kofi, Dave O’Higgins, Pete Wareham and Renato D’Aiello.

… a pianist and composer of substance and originality.

Evening Standard

Fri 13 Mar - Ese Okorodudu, Faye Patton & Michele Drees

As part of our celebrations for International Women's Day, Ese Okorodudu, Faye Patton and Michele Drees will be taking the stage for a night of incredible music.

Musician, singer, songwriter and performer Ese's music is inspired by a range of legends, from Jimi Hendrix and Sly Stone to Led Zeppelin via The Isley Brothers, Bowie, Prince, Skunk Anansie and Erykah Badu.

A compelling lyricist as well as singer/multi-instrumentalist, Faye's sound varies from Nu-jazz to blues, soul and pop, representing a formidable new talent that defies musical boundaries.

Michele is an established drummer, Latin percussionist, vocalist, guitarist and composer. Active on the music scene for more than 30 years, her music explores the relationship between jazz and tap dancing, and the improvisation and melodic phrases that exist in both art forms.

Fri 17 Apr - Esther Bennett & Hannah Horton Quartet

Singer Esther Bennett and Saxophonist Hannah Horton have joined forces to present a fabulous evening of music.

Esther is one of the jazz scene's most highly respected and widely loved vocalists, juxtaposing sensitivity with a sparkly sense of humour. Singing a mixture of jazz standards, originals and more modern material, she combines an innate sense of musicality with a studied knowledge of the jazz idiom, leaving audiences utterly compelled.

Multi instrumentalist and arranger Hannah is highly regarded on the London jazz scene, performing in Europe and the USA with her own and other great jazz artists, including Ian Shaw, John Etheridge, Polly Gibbons and more. Known particularly for her baritone playing, she emanates a lively stage presence and enthusiastic approach for improvisation and creativity.

The collaboration between these two artists includes reworkings of contemporary songs, originals, standards and instrumentals. The quartet also features Terence Collie on piano and Paul Michael on double bass.

Hannah makes the big beast of a baritone sax sound like an angel.

Ian Shaw

Esther Bennett’s many virtues include a seductive vibrato…a smokily appealing lower register…and a winning sense of humour.


Fri 15 May - Sara Dowling Quartet

Sara Dowling is a jazz singer who is deeply inspired by the repertoire of the classic American songbook, her main influences being Sarah Vaughan and Betty Carter.

The fabulous fearlessness with which she approaches singing gives her the ability both to convey the emotion of very slow ballads, and bring joy as she rip-roars and scats through faster songs. The burning conviction, the irresistible communicative power and jaw-dropping musicality she brings to her performances allows her to make a wonderful connection to the music and to the audience.

Led by Sara on vocals, the quartet is made up of Steve Brown on drums, Dario Di Lecce on bass and Ross Stanley playing the organ.

Her voice has all the qualities that you find in the great singers.

Guy Barker

Fri 26 Jun - Paul Westwood & Rob Hervais-Adelman

Bass guitarist Paul Westwood and percussionist Rob Hervais-Adelman play a style of music that includes creative themes, powerful moods and distinctive performances. The two are particularly influenced by jazz, blues, rock, funk, Latin and world music.

Fri 10 Jul - Artist TBC

Useful to know

Planning your visit
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We'll always do our best to let latecomers into a performance, but we won’t be able to do this until a suitable break in the performance. Once a show has started late entry is at the discretion of the Duty Manager, and may not always be possible.

The small print
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Dates & Tickets

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Tickets cost £10 in advance or £12 on the door. Advance price tickets are available until 6.00pm on the day of the performance.

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  • Fri 24 January 20208:00pm
  • Fri 14 February 20208:00pm
  • Fri 13 March 20208:00pm
  • Fri 17 April 20208:00pm
  • Fri 15 May 20208:00pm
  • Fri 26 June 20208:00pm
  • Fri 10 July 20208:00pm