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First, the good news. In fact the very good news. Jazz North East has been successful in its bid for ongoing financial support from the Arts Council, which means that we’ll be able to celebrate our 50th anniversary next year in style.

But first we have the rest of this year to look forward to, and the Arts Council grant has enabled us to confirm a truly exciting and diverse programme over the next few months, including a new series of Sunday night ‘Splinter’ double bills at the Bridge Hotel, matching local and national bands. So this kicks off with the pairing of London trio Grasshopper and Tyneside triumvirate Triptych.

In fact double bills feature strongly in our new programme; as well as the monthly ‘Splinter’ offerings, we have Belgium’s LABtrio joining forces with Laura Jurd’s newly named quartet Dinosaur, and the stylistically free-wheeling octet Metamorphic linking up with the extraordinary a cappella Røyst Trio, whose three female vocalists all hail originally from Norway.

Add some outstanding improv from Jazz North East favourite Paul Dunmall in a duo with mesmerising drummer Tony Bianco (making his long overdue Tyneside debut), then stir in some wonderfully uplifting complex-but-accessible jazz from Inner Space Music (with the brilliant inter-generational sax team of Chris Biscoe and Rachel Musson), and you’ve got about as varied a programme as you’ll find anywhere in the jazz world.

And that just takes us to the end of November. There’s plenty more excitement to come in December and through into 2016 . . . just keep watching this space . . .


27th October @ the Jazz Café
Let Spin
Return visit from one of the UK’s most exciting young groups, with four players at the top of their game.

1st November @ the Bridge Hotel
Tony Bianco & Paul Dunmall
American born Tony Bianco, one of the most innovative improvising drummers on the scene, makes his Tyneside debut in a fascinating duo with improv giant Paul Dunmall.

8th November @ the Bridge Hotel
Tipping Point + The Long Lonesome Go
Roller Trio saxophonist James Mainwaring fronts his cutting edge Leeds quartet, with support from Tyneside’s well established alt-improv trio.

11th November @ the Lit & Phil
LABtrio + Laura Jurd’s Dinosaur
Brilliant piano trio from Belgium unleash a surprising and uplifting mix of styles, while trumpet star Laura Jurd returns with her constantly evolving quartet.

20th November @ the Jazz Café
Metamorphic + Røyst Trio
Dynamic octet operating at the cusp of jazz and folk music join forces with a wildly innovative a cappella trio.

24th November @ the Jazz Café
Inner Space Music
Trumpeter Loz Speyer leads a superb quintet, drawing on the inspiration of Ornette Coleman to deliver open improvisations within melodic, catchy tunes.

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