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1917 was the year which saw the first ever recording by a self-styled ‘jazz’ band. So, a hundred years on, in an era of built-in obsolescence when it seems as though all your devices are out of date almost before you’ve set them up, how is jazz doing?

Well, it certainly moves on, and at an astonishing pace. Hardly a week goes by without Jazz North East being altered to new artists, new approaches, and because we believe that improvised music by its very nature is about reinvention, we are happy to reflect these developments in our programming. So in the coming months we’ll be featuring bands such as Archipelago and Wandering Monster, barely born yet already making a lusty noise.

But, unlike with your antiquated phone or lap-top, jazz operating systems don’t grind to a halt with the passage of time, and in the right imaginative hands any approach, from any era, can still delight and surprise. We’re not talking about meticulous recreations of past glories (imitation is the sincerest form of flattening), but artists who use styles forged in earlier decades as an inspiration for their own creative flights. They too find a way into our programme.

To celebrate the centenary of recorded jazz, and to raise awareness of how vital the music remains, there is to be an international campaign branded as #jazz100. We’re enthusiastically signed up for this, not just in what we say, but in what we continue todo.


9th April @ the Bridge Hotel
Big Bad Wolf
London quartet with washy guitars, brassy hooks and deep grooves.

25th April @ the Jazz Café
Playtime Collective
Edinburgh quartet featuring the cream of the Scottish jazz scene.

29th April @ Sage Gateshead
Ingrid Laubrock’s Sleepthief
Anglo-German-American trio, one of the most rewarding groups on the world jazz landscape.

7th May @ the Bridge Hotel
Led Bib
Genre-defying music of throbbing intensity.

14th May @ the Bridge Hotel
Early Nite + Riviera Quartet
Improv with a smile on its face meets ‘60s cool - a great double bill.

19th May @ the Jazz Café
Johnny Hunter Quartet
Snappy Blue Note style throws away the rule book!

30th May @ the Black Swan
Archipelago + Ripsaw Catfish
CD launch for storming local trio, plus gnarly experimentalism.

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