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Over the five decades of Jazz North East’s activity we’ve lost count of the number of times that cultural commentators have pronounced that “Jazz is dead”, or, conversely, that “there’s a Jazz revival”.

In our experience neither is true. Jazz doesn’t need revival, because it never died. The important thing, though, is that it is constantly refreshed, drawing on different inspirations and reshaping them in imaginative ways. And that creative evolution is what we aim to reflect in our concert programme.

So, Korean-American guitarist Han-earl Park embraces technology (even building his own synthesisers) to deliver intense yet playful improvisations with his group Edis 316199, while Dutch innovator Morris Kliphuis and his trio Kapok have absorbed a wealth of musical styles and segue seamlessly between them, in the process creating a striking new jazz language for the French Horn.

But not everything has to be brand new - it’s said that there’s many a good tune played on an old fiddle, and it’s literally true in the case of viola player Mat Maneri, who comes to Sage Gateshead with fellow free jazz titans Lucian Ban and Evan Parker. And the past can still inspire us, so we have Paul Gowland and Noel Dennis paying tribute to modern jazz pioneers Charlie Parker and Miles Davis.

There’s so much more in our Winter programme, demonstrating conclusively that jazz doesn’t need life support - it’s out there kicking, dancing, and generally acting in the unpredictable ways that make it such a great music.


8th October @ the Bridge Hotel
Lilli Unwin Band + Maja BuggeLilli Unwin Band + Maja Bugge
Subtle grove and story-telling from a great young vocalist, plus gripping soundscapes from Norwegian cellist.

21st October @ Sage Gateshead
Mat Maneri, Lucian Ban & Evan Parker
Three giants of international free jazz come together in a rare constellation.

28th October @ the Lit & Phil
Lindsay Hannon Plus
Outstanding vocalist and her A-list band launch their eagerly awaited new CD, Make Dark Heaven Light’.

31st October @ The Jazz Café
The Ushaw Ensemble
Paul Edis’ intriguing 7-piece band, mixing jazz with folk and contemporary classical influences.

5th November @ the Bridge Hotel
Eris 136199 + Inclusion Principle
Brooklyn meets Sheffield in a double bill of two extraordinarily innovative improvising trios.

12th November @ the Bridge Hotel
Paul Gowland Quartet + Noel Dennis Quartet
Two of the North East’s finest musicians pay tribute to inspirational modern jazz pioneers Charlie Parker and Miles Davis.

24th November @ The Jazz Café
Vocalist Vanessa Rani leads a trio in global music that fuses together classical Indian Raag and folk song with Western-style grooves and improvisations.

28th November @ The Jazz Café
First ever UK appearance for Dutch trio built around the free-wheeling French Horn of Morris Kliphuis.

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