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2016, Jazz North East’s 50th year as a promoter, has seen some wonderful concerts, climaxing with a superb performance from our speciallycreated Fluid Orchestra.

But as we move into 2017 we are looking forward with anticipation rather than backwards with nostalgia. Ours is a music which is constantly evolving, and which more than ever crosses geographic and stylistic boundaries. So what better way to start the new year than with a celebration of jazz from the Netherlands, bringing together musicians from the celebrated older generation of witty and imaginative improvisers, and representatives of the younger artists who are building on the achievements of their predecessors. Add in a couple of UK players (including Tyneside’s very own Faye MacCalman), and the ‘Going Dutch’ all-day event on 22nd January seems certain to be a feast of great music.

That’s just the start of what promises to be another year of high quality and diverse offerings, reflecting the many faces of today’s hugely exciting international jazz scene. In February alone we range from the punchy sound of the Seamus Blake Organ Trio, via Chicago-styled improvisation from Ernest Dawkins & The Unknowns, to the contemporary groove of Flying Machines. And we’ve got plenty more in the pipeline for the subsequent months - we’re not looking too far ahead, but we reckon that we’re staring our second fifty years in style!


22nd January @ the Lit & Phil
Going Dutch
An all-day celebration of jazz from the Netherlands, with a cross-generational selection of superb musicians.

7th February @ The Jazz Café
The Seamus Blake Organ Trio
Punchy New York saxophonist links up with UK players in a classic tenor/organ/drums powerhouse trio.

11th February @ the Jazz Café
Ernest Dawkins & the Unknowns
Key figure in Chicago’s legendary AACM fronts a sextet of student improvisers from Newcastle University.

12th February @ the Bridge Hotel
Madwort Saxophone Quartet + Noize Choir
Ground-breaking sax outfit from London features in a double bill with experimental vocal group from Tyneside.

28th February @ the Jazz Café
Flying Machines
Guitarist Alex Munk leads his outstanding young quartet, showcasing their acclaimed debut album.

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