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 15 Mar - Hannes Riepler Trio
Since moving to London from Austria in 2006, guitarist Hannes Riepler has made his mark on the city’s vibrant jazz scene, not only for his outstanding, inventive guitar skill and freewheeling energy, but as an extraordinarily talented composer.
Featuring the crème of the UK jazz scene, bassist Ferg Ireland, and drum wizard James Maddren, and Riepler, the stylish trio will at times thrill with the immediacy of New York’s propulsive downtown style, and at others swings like hell.
With roots firmly established in the jazz tradition, yet with a sound influenced by rock, classical and folk music, their music is contemporary and melodic.
London continues to be a magnet for foreign jazz musicians, and one of the best is Austrian guitarist Hannes Riepler.The Telegraph
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 the leading member of the world-renowned Kingdom Choir, Sharlene Monique-Morris on vocals and percussion, 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, Mulato 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
E15 Jazz Sessions continues throughout our new season:
Fri 15 Mar
Fri 19 Apr
Fri 17 May
Fri 14 Jun
Fri 19 Jul
Check back soon for the full line-up.