Fri 10 - Sun 19 November 2017
Michael Mwenso & The Shakes 'Late Night Sessions'
LONDON PizzaExpress Jazz Club
10 Dean Street
Vocalist, emcee, showman - Michael Mwenso brings his fast-moving revue, with top-of-the range singers and instrumental fireworks, from its New York home at Jazz at Lincoln Center’s club Dizzy’s. Sophistication and flair guaranteed.
Whether fulfilling the role of vocalist, emcee, showman, or impresario, Michael Mwenso conveys both the sophistication and spontaneity of hardcore jazz and the music's folkloric roots with impeccable craft, creativity, and communicative flair. Most frequently, Mwenso performs as leader-or ringleader-of Michael Mwenso and The Shakes, a revue comprising between two to five vocalists (they include himself, Brianna Thomas, Charenee Wade, and Vuyo Sotashe) and an ensemble that includes rising stars like drummers Joe Saylor and Jameson Ross, pianist Chris Pattishall, trumpeters Alphonso Horne and Bruce Harris, and tenor saxophonist Tivon Pennicott. From time to time, internationally acclaimed singer Cecile McLorin Salvant and pianists Jonathan Batiste, Aaron Diehl and Sullivan Fortner-among others-augment this close-knit musical family. All developed their ideas and accrued public visibility at late night shows booked and overseen by Mwenso since 2012 (when he joined Jazz At Lincoln Center as Curator and Programming Associate) at Dizzy's Club Coca-Cola at JALC's complex in New York's Time-Warner Center.