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FIFTY YEARS ON . . . BUT NO LOOKING BACK
2016 is a milestone for Jazz North East - our 50th birthday, making us far and away the longest established jazz promoter in the UK. If we were in nostalgic mood, there’d be a lot to celebrate in our past, right from the very first series of 1966 gigs that included such diverse artists as Earl Hines, Ornette Coleman and Sonny Stitt.
But for us this anniversary is just the launchpad for the future, and we’re much more interested in looking forward to a great programme of gigs, with diversity still very much at the heart of our approach. So within the first couple of months alone we’ve got such exciting prospects as a full day of Anglo-French bands, a return for contemporary London quintet Entropi (kicking off a new ‘Women Make Music’ series), amazing improv from the trio of Burt, Champion & Mwamba, and Alan Barnes in a tribute to the music of Horace Silver. Lots more as well, including our support for an exhibition of paintings by the outstanding jazz artist Gina Southgate . . . and you can’t get much more diverse than that!
And that just takes us to the end of February. There’s plenty more excitement to come later in this momentous year, with the very best bands from the local, national, and international jazz scene. They say that life begins at 40, but for us it’s just kicking off at 50 . . . so keep watching this space . . .
10th January @ the Bridge Hotel
Roller Trio + Leash
Potent improvisation and fierce rhythms from James Mainwaring’s Mercury nominated trio, plus creatively re-imagined standards from Leash.
24th January @ the Lit & Phil
An astonishing celebration of Jazz North East’s links with the French jazz scene, featuring no fewer than eight bands spread over afternoon and evening sessions.
4th February @ Newcastle Arts Centre
Gina Southgate : Woman Paints Music
Launch event for an exhibition of paintings by artist Gina Southgate, including works created at Jazz North East concerts and the Gateshead International Jazz Festival.
4th February @ the Black Swan Bar & Venue
Entropi + the Knotts-Rezaei Duo
First concert in our new ‘Women Make Music’ season, with saxophonist Dee Byrne’s brilliant contemporary quintet, and electro-acoustic improv from Shelley Knotts and Mariam Rezaei.
7th February @ the Bridge Hotel
Burt, Champion & Mwamba
Welcome return for the wonderful free improv trio of guitarist George Burt, bassist Andy Champion and vibes maestro Corey Mwamba.
14th February @ the Bridge Hotel
Graeme Wilson Quartet + Grandma
Two sides of saxophonist Wilson, with his driving post-Coltrane quartet, and in more pensive mood in a duo with guitarist Mark Williams.
19th February @ the Jazz Café
Seven Pieces of Silver, with Alan Barnes
Popular reedman Barnes guests with a great septet in a celebration of the music of hard bop hero Horace Silver.
23rd February @ the Jazz Café
Pete Oxley & Nicolas Meier
Two men, and about 14 different guitars, in a wonderful display of virtuosity that favours sensitive interaction rather than clichéd grandstanding.
For full details of each of these gigs, click on the band name.