BTL JAZZ

E15 Jazz Sessions

E15 Jazz Sessions showcase live contemporary jazz from a mix of established international musicians

and bright new talent in Stratford monthly jazz night. 

 

JOHANNES RIPLER TRIO

Friday 15th March 

E15  Jazz Sessions

@Stratford Circus Arts Center 

Doors 7:30 pm - Showtime 8:00 pm


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.
The Brave is his stunning debut, followed up by Wild Life, an album featuring Nyc tenor man Chris Cheek. The group will be performing music from both albums, each of them having received four-star reviews.
A stylish venture that at times thrills 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, his is a music that is contemporary and melodic. Featuring the crème of the UK jazz scene - bassist Ferg Ireland, and drum wizard James Maddren.
Riepler, also known as the curator and face of The Vortex Downstairs Jazz Night for many years held every Sunday, has been performing nationally and international all across Europe with i.a.Steve Arguelles, Mark Lockheart, Gene Calderazzo, Jeff Williams, Chris Cheek, Michael Blake, Jim Hart’s Cloudmakers, Adam Holzman, Minu Cinelu, and many more...

 
 

ROBERT MITCHELL 

Friday 19th April

E15  Jazz Sessions

@Stratford Circus Arts Center 

Doors 7:30 pm - Showtime 8:00 pm


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.

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.

 

SHIRLEY SMART TRIO

Friday 17th May

E15  Jazz Sessions

@Stratford Circus Arts Center 

Doors 7:30 pm - Showtime 8:00 pm


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.

 
 

DAVID ANGOL TRIO

Friday 14th June 

E15  Jazz Sessions 

@Stratford Circus Arts Center 

Doors 7:30 pm - Showtime 8:00 pm


David Angol was raised with the musical influences of his stepfather who played the steel drums, but he always had an ear for Jazz which became a big part of David’s life. He has since progressed to a saxophonist bandleader, composer and session musician. David also teaches saxophones (Tenor / Soprano / Alto), piano and flute.Currently leading his own quartet playing the music of the greats alongside his original compositions. The quartet musicians are:  Leon Daniel on piano, Neville Malcolm on double bass and Winston Clifford on Drums.

 
 

CAMERON PIERRE TRIO

Friday 19th July 8pm @E15 Jazz Session

Internationally renowned jazz musician Cameron Pierre has a warm, dexterous sound and an engaging stage presence.
His music fuses reggae, calypso and jazz together, creating an interesting sound which has made him one of the most highly regarded guitarists of a generation. He has toured extensively with legendary saxophonist Courtney Pine, and his most recent album 'Radio Jumbo' combined traditional French Antillean sounds with jazz mastery.

 
 

ARTIE ZAITZ HAMMOND TRIO

Friday 16th August 
E15 Jazz Sessions
@Stratford Circus 
Doors 7:00 pm
Showtime 8:00 pm

Paying homage to the Blue Note recordings of the 60's era, guitar prodigy Artie Zaitz leads a trio of London's most grooving, swinging musicians in an organ-based band.


Playing his original blues-drenched tunes, as well as arrangements of soul jazz & Latin classics, the band features Hammond organist Ross Stanley and jazz-scene favourite Steve Brown on drums in a boogaloo extravaganza.

Coming from a family of musicians, Artie was exposed to the sounds of jazz from an early age. He developed a particular interest in recordings from the Blue Note label, which has had a profound influence on the current material he performs - in particular with the groups he plays with.

Artie’s guitar influences include Grant Green, Kenny Burrell, Jim Hall, John Scofield and Charlie Christian. Equally, at home on stage and in the recording studio, Artie has performed with line ups across the UK and Europe, including Moses Boyd Exodus, The Banger Factory, Pee Wee Ellis, Jordan Rakei, Johnny O'Neal, Gary Crosby, and Alex Garnett.

 

GEORGIA MANCIO

Friday 20th September 
E15 Jazz Sessions 
@Stratford Arts Centre
Doors 7:30 pm
Showtime 8:00 pm

Award-winning jazz vocalist, lyricist and producer Georgia Mancio is one of Europe’s most respected, adventurous and multi-faceted new artists.


With a music influenced by classic jazz and Latin sounds, her performances are always stamped with emotional integrity.


She will be joined on stage with her quartet featuring Kate Williams on piano, Conor Chaplin on bass, and Dave Ohm on drums.

The Parliamentary, British Jazz and Urban Music Awards- nominated vocalist releases her 7th album this year: Finding Home is co-produced with pianist/composer Kate Williams and her acclaimed Four Plus Three ensemble, and classical guitarist John Williams.


It follows her seminal Songbook (2017) co-written with Grammy-winning pianist/composer Alan Broadbent, launched at a sold-out headline show at Ronnie Scott’s, with subsequent performances across Europe and the US.

 
 

JUST EAST

Friday 11th October
E15 Jazz Sessions 
@Stratford Arts Centre
Doors 7:30 pm
Showtime 8:00 pm

Gaining a reputation in the early 90s as one of the first and best groups to explore the connections between jazz and klezmer, Just East quickly developed a unique sound, drawing influences from a range of musical styles.

Now, the band has an off-beam take on contemporary music, incorporating world, folk, prog and classical influences in their impressionistic style. Composition and improvisation are seamlessly linked together in their music, an approach that has led to favourable comparisons with fusion pioneers Weather Report and prog rock innovators Gong.

Joining the core line-up of saxophonist Jeremy Shoham, percussionist Rick Finlay and bassist Phil Scragg, in their third and latest incarnation the band welcome piano virtuoso Tim Lapthorn into the band.

 
 

Friday 22nd November
E15 Jazz Sessions 
@Stratford Arts Centre
Doors 7:30 pm
Showtime 8:00 pm

Mikele Montolli's music is based on Afro-American tradition fused with years of classical training and experimental form-free music.


Studying violin from the age of seven, and later switching to electric bass, gave him an extensive musical vocabulary.

Since joining the London Jazz scene in 2010, Mikele has toured various Jazz and World music festivals all over Europe, America, Asia and the Balkan Peninsula.


He has performed and recorded with The Sun Ra Arkestra, Knoel Scott Quartet, Julie Dexter, Heidi Vogel, Don Menza, Charlie Stacey, Sorin Zlat and Federico De Vittor.

 
 

DAVE
O'HIGGINS

Friday 13th December 
E15 Jazz Sessions 
@Stratford Arts Centre
Doors 7:30 pm
Showtime 8:00 pm

With his clear sense of melodic development and adventure, saxophonist Dave O’Higgins has a highly personal and recognisable sound.


A popular performer with the public, with an excellent sense of pacing and presentation, he has relentlessly pursued artistic and sonic exploration and development with a deep respect for the tradition of the music.

Made up of the finest UK-based musicians at the peak of their distinguished careers, the quartet plays swing music with a jazz style firmly in the harmonic and melodic tradition.


Led by Dave, the quartet includes pianist Graham Harvey, bassist Geoff Gascoyne and Sebastiaan de Krom on drums. They will be playing a mixture of new originals and standards from their latest recording.

 
 
 

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