Tuesday 18 July 2017, 7.30pm
Stagger Lee Wonders is a group fusing Black Radical Poetry and Prose by the likes of James Baldwin, Langston Hughes, Amiri Baraka with Free Jazz featuring Cleveland Watkiss, Debbie Sanders, Rowland Sutherland, Robert Mitchell, Neil Charles and Mark Sanders
Cleveland`s amazing vocal experiences have seen him perform with many diverse artists from around the world such as the Royal Philharmonic Orchestra, Wynton Marsalis, Bob Dylan, Keith Richards, the James Taylor Quartet, Art Blakey, Sly & Robbie, Abdullah Ibrahim, Stevie Wonder, Patife, Nigel Kennedy, Carlinhos Brown, Robbie Williams, Joe Cocker, The Who, Branford Marsalis, George Martin, Julian Joseph, Bocato Big Band, Lisa Stansfield, Courtney Pine, Janet Kay, Maxi Priest, Soul II Soul, the London Chamber Orchestra, Goldie, Cassandra Wilson, the Kenny Wheeler Big Band, Sugar Minot, Talvin Singh, Bjork, Pete Townshend and the London Community Gospel Choir.
Mark has worked with a host of renowned musicians including Derek Bailey, Henry Grimes, Mathew Shipp, Evan Parker, Roswell Rudd, in duo and quartets with Wadada Leo Smith and trios with Charles Gayle with Sirone and William Parker.
In situations using composition Mark works in a number of projects including Christian Marclay’s Everyday for film and live music and John Butcher’s Tarab Cuts - both projects have performed major festivals throughout Europe and Brazil. He has performed works by guitarist John Coxon in Glasgow and Sydney playing with the Scottish and Sydney Symphony Orchestras. With New York’s ICE Ensemble he has performed John Zorn’s The Tempest in London and at Huddersfield New Music Festival.
Mark also works in the groups of Paul Dunmall including Deep Whole Trio with Paul Rogers, and the ensembles of Sarah Gail Brand, including a long-standing duo. He has a lengthy discography including a solo album, has performed internationally and played at major festivals including, Nickelsdorf, Ulrichsburg, Womad and notably at Glastonbury with legendary saxophonist John Tchicai.
"ubiquitous, diverse and constantly creative, drummer Mark Sanders always outdoes himself, whether playing with restraint or erupting like a dynamo." Bruce L Gallenter, Downtown Music Gallery. NY
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.
Rowland is widely regarded as one of the finest and most versatile flautists in Britain, he has played with many successful highly regarded musicians, groups and orchestras from around the world
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.
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 Kolosky