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 19 Apr - Robert Mitchell Project
We're delighted to welcome back pianist Robert Mitchell to the Stratford Circus Arts Centre stage for an evening of jazz with world-class vocalists and musicians. The name of this project will be announced at the show!
Performing the music from their forthcoming album of powerful songs of protest, love and peace, they blend electronic, jazz, RnB, spoken word, film and folk influences together to create a unique sound.
Composer and pianist Robert is a throwback to the powerful tradition of artistic mastery in pursuit of transcendence. Whether performing solo or with his ensemble, his focus is upon the highest ideals of the essence of jazz. He is proud to be a Steinway Artist and a Roland Artist, and in the past has performed with Courtney Pine, the Bournemouth Symphony Chorus, Steve Coleman, Basement Jaxx, Billy Harper, Omar Puente, Jhelisa Anderson, Julien Lourau, Orphy Robinson, Dayme Arocena and many more.
Joining Robert on stage will be singer, songwriter & member of the world-renowned Kingdom Choir, Sharlene Monique on vocals, multi-instrumentalist Zayn Mohammed, multi-genre bassist Tom Mason, and drummer and percussionist Saleem Raman.
Mitchell draws influence from many musical styles in his playing; jazz, latin, funk, blues, classical… all components that go towards making the pianist what he is; a truly original virtuoso.UK Vibe
Fri 17 May - Shirley Smart Trio
One of the UK’s most versatile and creative cellists, and a rare exponent of jazz cello, Shirley Smart draws on a unique background that includes 10 years living in Jerusalem to present a fresh, new approach to the cello.
Her trio weaves together jazz and influences from North Africa, Middle East, Balkans, and South America, and features two of the UK’s leading lights in world-influenced jazz – John Crawford on piano, and Demi Garcia Sabat on percussion.
Shirley has performed with acclaimed musicians including Avishai Cohen, Omer Avital, Mulatu Astatke, Robert Mitchell, Antonio Forcione, Yasmin Levy and Alice Zawadzki among others, as well as leading her own projects.
This performance will feature music from her recent album “Long Story Short” released in October 2018 on 33 records.
A fascinating melting pot of musical influencesWorld Music Central
Fri 14 Jun - David Angol Quartet
David Angol is a saxophonist bandleader, composer and session musician. Born in Preston to Dominican parents, he grew up listening to Reggae, Calypso, soul and Blues music. So even though he is a jazz purist, his sound has been heavily influenced by the music he was raised with.
David leads his own quartet, with Leon Daniel on piano, Neville Malcolm on double bass and Winston Clifford on drums. They play the music of the greats, as well as his own original compositions.
David toured with the award-winning ‘Blue Note’ records group ‘US3’. He played and remains to play on the International and London Jazz circuits, alongside people such as Bobby Watson, Jools Holland, Bheki Mesleku, Ralph Moore, Jerry Bergonzi, Jean Toussaint, Kenny Garrett and Tony Kofi.
This session will be performed as part of the London Saxophone Festival
Fri 19 Jul - Cameron Pierre
Internationally renowned jazz musician Cameron Pierre has a warm, dexterous sound and an engaging stage presence.
His music fuses reggae, calypso and jazz together, creating an interesting sound which has made him one of the most highly regarded guitarists of a generation. He has toured extensively with legendary saxophonist Courtney Pine, and his most recent album 'Radio Jumbo' combined traditional French Antillean sounds with jazz mastery.
Suave, chunky and very moreish.Jazzwise