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Who’d have thought it? When Jazz North East presented their first ever gig back in 1966, the idea that we would still be doing the business 50 years later didn’t cross anybody’s mind.

But here we are, coming towards the end of what has been a tremendous anniversary year, one marked by the adventurousness and variety that has become our trademark as jazz promoters. We started off in January drawing on our international links with a great Anglo-French all-dayer, ‘Paris-sur-Tyne’, and we’re closing the year with an even more outrageous initiative, the debut performance from the 12-piece ‘Fluid Orchestra’, created specially to celebrate the first five decades of our existence.

But before then we’ve still got a diverse programme of goodies, covering the whole spectrum from the bop imaginings of Greg Abate, through the rock-tinged energy of Cameron Vale, to the cutting-edge improv of Brooklyn reedsman Josh Sinton.

We always boast on our flyers that “For us genre is secondary - quality is foremost”. And quality, right across the board, is what we have lined up for the remainder of 2016.


11th October @ the Jazz Café
Brand, Beresford & EdwardsThree of the giants of European improv, Sarah Gail Brand, Steve Beresford & John Edwards, play their first ever trio gig outside London.

14th October @ The Globe
Ellery Eskelin Trio
Brilliantly original New York saxophonist makes his Tyneside debut in a specially created Anglo-American trio with guitarist Chris Sharkey & keyboards maverick Matt Bourne.

25th October @ the Black Swan
Horse Orchestra + Krokofant + Archipelago
Local trio Archipelago go head to head with two brilliant young bands from Scandinavia.

6th November @ the Bridge Hotel
Hans Peter Hiby Trio
One of the giants of the German free jazz scene brings his ferocious sax attack to the Bridge.

11th November @ the Jazz Café
Greg Abate & the Paul Edis Trio
Return visit from the superb American saxophonist, breathing fresh life into the bop legacy.

13th November @ the Bridge Hotel
Josh Sinton Trio + Improvisers Workshop Ensemble
Reedsman Sinton, one of the key figures on the Brooklyn improvisation scene, on his debut UK tour, with support from new local group.

18th November @ the Jazz Café
Unfurl Quintet
Olivia Moore’s violin-led quintet takes a fresh approach to world jazz.

29th November @ the Black Swan
Tommaso Starace Quartet
Imaginative Italian saxophonist plays new music inspired by the photographs of his compatriot Gianni Berengo Gardin.

4th December @ the Bridge Hotel
Adventurous improvisers from the worlds of jazz, rock and contemporary classical music find a hugely creative common language.

11th December @ the Bridge Hotel
Cameron Vale + Lloyd Wright Trio
Powerful, riff-driven jazz from the award-winning Leeds quartet, plus a welcome return for top Tyneside guitarist.

13th December @ the Jazz Café
The Fluid Orchestra
Extraordinary 12-piece orchestra specially created to celebrate Jazz North East’s 50 years as a promoter.

For full details of each of these gigs, click on the band name.