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As usual this year’s Gateshead International Jazz Festival delivered some great jazz, and we were happy to play our part. But the Festival’s just an annual event, while we’re dedicated to delivering the goods all year round . . .

And between now and the Summer we reckon that we’ve got some really tasty offerings lined up, featuring outstanding musicians from the local scene, from the wider UK, and from all round the world. Our ground breaking ‘Women Make Music’ series certainly dips into all these pools of talent, with concerts from - amongst others - North East artists Sue Ferris and Ruth Lambert, top London trumpeter Sue Richardson, and, also on trumpet, Canada’s internationally acclaimed Ingrid Jensen, giving the first ever performance by her new Anglo-Canadian quartet.

There are other international treats in store as well, starting with a new project from Brooklyn drummer Sean Noonan (who’s visited us so often he’s almost an honorary Geordie). That’s followed by a first ever Tyneside gig from New York saxophonist Greg Osby in the company of Swiss piano trio VEIN, and then we’ll be welcoming the great German free drummer Günter ‘Baby’ Sommer, who intends to drive from Berlin with his own extended kit so we can feel the full force of his charismatic wizardry.

These and other gigs contribute to a tremendously varied schedule, just the sort of thing that Jazz North East has been doing since we started out 50 years ago with an opening programme that included Earl ‘Fatha’ Hines and Ornette Coleman. The names may have changed, but the principle remains the same . . . which is why our banner says ‘The Best in Jazz since 1966’.


26th April @ the Jazz Café
Partikel Quartet
Saxophonist Duncan Eagles’ tremendous London-based trio returns, but now with exciting young violinist Benet McLean adding still more tonal and textural variety.

1st May @ the Bridge Hotel
Sean Noonan’s Pavees Electric Trio
The shape-shifting Brooklyn drummer introduces a brand new Anglo-American group, unveiling fresh material developed in Poland!

4th May @ the Lit & Phil
VEIN with Greg Osby
The brilliant Swiss piano trio make a welcome return, joined by celebrated New York saxophonist Osby.

8th May @ the Bridge Hotel
Thermal Threshold + MacCalman/Collins Duo + Diachronicx
Three women-led duos take distinctively different approaches to improvisation, as part of our ‘Women Make Music’ series.

26th May @ the Black Swan Bar & Venue
Ingrid Jensen Quartet
Brilliant Canadian trumpeter unveils original material with a new quartet, including Tyneside bassist Andy Champion

31st May @ the Jazz Café
Olie Brice Quintet
Bassist Olie Brice with his outstanding contemporary quintet, including former Stan Getz drummer Jeff Williams.

5th June @ the Bridge Hotel
Raymond MacDonald & ‘Baby’ Sommer
Superb Scottish saxophonist MacDonald teams up with iconic German drummer, one of the founding figures of European free jazz & improv.

12th June @ the Bridge Hotel
Sue Ferris Quartet + Ruth Lambert Trio
A ‘Women Make Music’ concert featuring two of the North East’s leading female artists leading their own groups.

24th June @ the Jazz Café
Sue Richardson: Too Cool
Top trumpeter presents a show devoted to the life & music of Chet Baker.

28th June @ the Black Swan Bar & Venue
Tim Richards Hextet
Leading UK pianist returns after a long absence, with a top flight cross-generational sextet.

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