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 December we’ll be joined by Tommaso Starace’s newly formed Synergy Trio, featuring Starace on alto saxophone, Rio Kay on bass and Marco Quarantotto on drums. This exciting trio will be bringing an eclectic mix of swing and groove, promising an energetic evening of jazz.
They’ll be exploring standards from the American Songbook, from composers such as Cannonball Adderley, Thelonious Monk, Jimmy Heath, to more modern composers such as Kenny Garrett and Joshua Redman.
Starace has collaborated with many internationally acclaimed jazz musicians including Kenny Wheeler, Billy Cobham, Dave Liebman, Dave O’Higgins, Laurence Cottle, Paolo Fresu, and Fabrizio Bosso.
E15 Jazz Sessions continues throughout our new season:
Fri 15 Dec
Fri 16 Feb
Fri 23 Mar
Fri 20 Apr
Fri 18 Apr
Fri 15 Jun
Fri 20 Jul
Anyone who has experienced a glissando of language on the streets of Italy will understand the utter exuberance with which Italian-born Starace attacks and runs with the language of musicThe Oxford Times
Kicking off our Spring season of Jazz Sessions this February is a Vocal Rumble! This performance battle brings together two of London’s heavyweight vocal voyagers for a night of evocative exploration of jazz, world music and beyond.
In one corner is virtuoso vocalist and composer Cleveland Watkiss, who brings to Stratford his larger than life stage presence and highly original scatting. His amazing vocal experiences have seen him perform with many diverse artists from around the world such as the Royal Philharmonic Orchestra, the Dusseldorf Symphony Orchestra, Wynton Marsalis, Bob Dylan, Jackie Mittoo, and Keith Richards.
Opposite Watkiss is multi vocal instrumentalist Randolph Matthews, whose flawless and world class jazz reputations spans over two decades. His jazz blues and folk inspired music is similar to the vocal finesse of Bobby McFerrin, Gregory Porter and Jacob Collier in skill and delivery. Performing and recording as an unaccompanied vocalist, he has collaborated with artist from both the jazz and contemporary music scene such as Herbie Hancock , Richard Bona, Grace Jones and will.i.am.
In March, 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.