E15 Jazz Sessions showcase live contemporary jazz from a mix of established international musicians and bright new talent in Stratford's regular jazz night.
Robert Mitchell and his band head this way to celebrate the release of his new album A Vigil for Justice. A Vigil for Peace. Composer/pianist Mitchell is a throwback to the powerful tradition of artistic mastery in pursuit of transcendence. Whether performing in the solo context or with his ensemble, his focus is upon the highest ideals of the essence of Jazz.
His new album features extensive original poetry inspired by the rapid political change in atmosphere in recent times, against the backdrop of so much unrealised human potential and vast inequalities. In this evening of contemporary-classical jazz, Mitchell will be joined on stage by special guest, dancer Masumi Endo.
Mitchell draws influences 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
Guido Spannocchi's trio Ahead Only are taking to the stage here in April. Made up of Spannocchi on alto saxophone, Jason Simpson on double bass and Marco Quarantotto on drums, their compositions reach out to their childhood memories of classical music, alpine motives, and their Austrian, Hungarian, Italian backgrounds, combined with songs from Kivu.
Restructuring and rearranging these melodies, they offer a momentary lookout into a possible future through improvisation and interplay together. Their sound is a combination of solid structures and chord changes with various avant garde elements.
The trio have played over 70 shows since they began performing in 2016, including Crypt Camberwell and B-Flat Berlin amongst many others.
E15 Jazz Sessions continues throughout our new season:
Fri 23 Mar
Fri 20 Apr
Fri 18 May
Fri 15 Jun
Fri 20 Jul