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Learn about Jazz North East and what we do.


It’s long been our boast - in fact it’s virtually a mantra with us - that the first thing we ask when we’re considering booking a band is not “Are they well known?” or “Will our audience be comfortable with this?”, but “How good are they?”.

So Jazz North East is not about playing to a safe formula, but rather about giving Tyneside listeners the chance to hear exciting, creative music regardless of genre or levels of familiarity. Thus our forthcoming programme is, as ever, a mix of old friends and completely new faces. Reedsmen Alan Wilkinson and Greg Abate are stylistically miles apart, yet have both thrilled us in the past, and we’re glad to have them back again. But there are also first timers such as Moonlight Saving Time and the Jonathan Silk Big Band, respectively from Bristol and Birmingham . . . which is geographically almost on our doorstep in comparison to Norway’s power trio Akode, Danish saxophonist Mette Rasmussen, and French quintet OXYD.

Of course we recognise that most jazz enthusiast have their own preferences, but the music today is so wonderfully diverse that we want to reflect this in our programme. So, have a look at what we’ve got on offer, pick out the gigs that you know you’ll like . . . and then take a chance on something else.


18th June @ the Jazz Café
Alan Wilkinson & Akode
Fire breathing saxophonist teams up with ferocious improv trio from Norway.

27th June @ the Jazz Café
Lindsay Hannon Plus + Jam Session
Superb Tyneside vocalist unveils a new suite of original songs, before leading a late night jam session.

30th June @ the Jazz Café
Moonlight Saving Time
Vocalist Emily Wright leads a quintet featuring leading members of the exciting and imaginative Bristol scene.

6th July @ the Newcastle Lit & Phil
Mette Rasmussen & Chris Corsano
Rising star Danish saxophonist Mette Rasmussen teams up with genre-defying drummer Chris Corsano.

9th July @ the Newcastle Lit & Phil
Greg Abate & the Paul Edis Trio
Welcome return to the Lit & Phil for the great American saxophonist, again working with Tyneside’s finest piano trio.

28th July @ the Black Swan Bar & Venue
Jonathan Silk Big Band
Brilliant jazz orchestra from Birmingham, successfully merging the swinging power of the classic big bands with a contemporary deployment on instrumental voices.

2nd August @ the Bridge Hotel
Hugely imaginative French quintet take the Nirvana songbook to the jazz cleaners!

For full details of each of these gigs, click on the band name. Later gigs can be found through the Events pages of this website.