E15 Jazz Sessions showcase live contemporary jazz from a mix of established international musicians and bright new talent in Stratford's regular jazz night.
In October, Omar Puente and Al MacSween will be taking the stage at our E15 Jazz Sessions. The duo have played together regularly over the past few years, including a tour in Brazil, the UK and Eastern Europe. They have been performing a fiery mixture of Afro-Cuban music, Latin-jazz and straight jazz .
Omar Puente is one of the world's leading exponents of Latin-jazz violin. Born in Santiago, Cuba, Omar studied classical violin at the Havana Music Conserveroire, played as a member of the Cuban National Symphony Orchestra and has worked with some of the greats of Cuban music, including Ruben Gonzalez of Buena Vista Social Club, Cachao Lopez and Guillermo Rubalcaba, and has performed with Latin music legends Tito Puente, Chucho Valdes and Eddie Palmieri.
After moving to the UK he joined Courtney Pine's band and has collaborated with world-class jazz musicians, including Denys Baptiste, Jason Yarde and Wynton Marsalis. In the classical world he has performed with the Simon Bolivar Youth Orchestra of Venezuela, legendary violinist Nigel Kennedy and has composed and performed for Carlos Acosta.
Al MacSween is steadily gaining a reputation for his creativity, versatility and innovative approach to the piano. His studious attitude and desire to communicate through different musical languages has led to collaborations with artists such as Shankar Mahadevan (Shakti), British soul legend - Ruby Turner, Grammy award-winner - Bickram Ghosh (Ravi Shankar) and a host of other international artists, including the late Abram Wilson, Claude Deppa, Pee Wee Ellis, Alessia Tondo, Gilad Atzmon, Dennis Rollins and many more.
E15 Jazz Sessions continues throughout our new season:
Friday 27 October
Friday 17 November
Friday 15 December