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 16 Nov - Denys Baptiste
MOBO award-winning saxophonist Denys Baptiste's powerful technique, and ability to improvise fluently and effortlessly across a wide range of musical styles, takes him and his audiences into the musical stratosphere.
In this evening you're guaranteed a display of unsuppressed expression, ranging from sweet “saxuality” to breathtaking, edge-of-your-seat virtuosity, and a most distinctive and immediately recognisable sound.
A much sought after soloist, Denys has played/recorded with many artists, including McCoy Tyner, Andrew Hill, Ernest Ranglin, Bheki Mseleku, Marvin “Smitty” Smith, Michael Bowie, Courtney Pine, Manu Dibango, Gary Crosby, Steve Williamson, Julian Joseph, Jazz Jamaica, and others of distinction.
...bold arrangements and complex composition that reflect jazz history.BBC Music
Fri 14 Dec - Muntu Valdo
Cameroonian Muntu Valdo mixes African traditions with striking modernity, and technical mastery, to create sun-kissed groove heavy Sawa Blues. Using his guitar, harmonica and stunning vocals, his mesmerising music juxtaposes his raw, passionate voice and intensely emotive melodies, intricate African guitar lines with an ingenious use of loops and effects.
Muntu has performed around the world with some of the great names of African and international music, including Ali Farka Touré, Manu Dibango, Ladysmith Black Mambazo, Damon Albarn, Richard Bona and Lucinda Williams.
Joining Muntu on stage in December is Jansen Santa on Drums and percussion, and Mulele Matondo on bass and guitar. Don't miss this trio's heavy hitting and beautiful sound - it will take you on a musical journey.
Music to banish sadnessThe Times