Vocal and instrumental prowess from a stellar group of individual talents – a night of radical black writing and free jazz, inspired by James Baldwin’s seminal poem Staggerlee Wonders.
Doors 8pm – Music 8.30pm £12/£8 cons – BUY TICKETS
Robert Mitchell is a prodigious pianist running his own trio Epiphany3, and group ‘Panacea’ ‘There is a deep thought in every note of Mitchell’s playing. At times he proceeds so slowly that we have time to think about each note right along with him.’ Walter KoloskyDebbie Sanders is a Story Teller, singer, composer and author of songs and books for children as Mina Productions. She has also been singing on the London and Manchester scenes playing with Skylab and Chapter and the Verse.
Cleveland Watkiss is a virtuoso vocalist, actor and composer. He studied the voice at the London School of Singing with opera coach Arnold Rose and at the Guildhall School of Music and Drama. Cleveland was also one of the co-founders of the vastly influential Jazz Warriors big band. His vocals can be heard on their debut album, Out of Many People, which won a video award in Japan.
Debbie Sanders is a Story Teller, singer, composer and author of songs and books for children as Mina Productions. She has also been singing on the London and Manchester scenes playing with Skylab and Chapter and the Verse.
Neil Charles is a bassist, electronic producer and composer. He regularly performs, records and tours with numerous jazz, classical and contemporary music bands and ensembles like alex Hawkins, mingus big band, has played with Terence Blanchard, black top and is a member of the electro-acoustic jazz trio, Zed-U.
Mark Sanders ‘the other special ingredient is the ubiquitous, diverse and constantly creative drummer Mark Sanders, who always outdoes himself, whether playing with restraint or erupting like a dynamo. (Bruce L Gallenter, Downtown Music Gallery. NY).
Emi Watanabe was born in Japan where she trained in traditional flutes. Emi plays three different types of traditional flutes – Ryuteki, Nohkan and Shinobue. She has been invited to perform with numerous musicians since she moved to the UK in 1995, including Jah Wobble, Bei Bei Wang, Pat Thomas and Clive Bell in various duos, trios and others. After a recent improvisatory set at Cafe Oto in October 2017, Stewart Smith stated: