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Sonsale + Tom Gibbs Quartet with Will Vinson  -  Sun Nov 25, 2012  |  07:30 pm
A remarkable double bill bringing together two international collaborations, one a new Anglo-French quartet, and the other a top New York saxophonist with a Scottish-based trio.

Sonsale is a group which Jazz North East have created to forge links between two of our favourite UK musicians - Tyneside bassist Andy Champion and charismatic vibist Corey Mwamba - and two leading young players from Paris. Drummer Sylvain Darrifourcq has previously visited Tyneside with Emile Parisien and 'Q', while cellist Valentin Ceccaldi is one of the rising stars of the French jazz scene, a master of rhythm and texture. We felt they would make ideal co-conspirators for Andy and Corey, confident that they will make interesting things happen. The four will spend the preceding three days developing the project, and their set here will be the first unveiling of the fruits of their labours before they put together a tour in the UK and France some time in 2013.

The second set comes from a slightly more established quartet led by Glasgow-based pianist Tom Gibbs, and featuring acclaimed alto saxophonist Will Vinson - originally from London, but resident in the USA since 1999. The quartet is completed by leading Scottish bassist Euan Burton and one of the most in-demand young drummers on the UK scene in James Maddren (whose last Jazz North East appearance was with the Kit Downes Quintet). All four have previously collaborated in different combinations, but they came together as a unit for the first time to record the newly released CD 'Fear of Flying', on which Gibbs' compositions inspire great playing all round. This Bridge gig is part of a tour promoting the album, and their increasing familiarity with the material should see them soar to even greater heights.

So, two contrasting bands linked by the presence of some of the finest young jazz musicians on the international scene. To ensure maximum exposure (and maximum pleasure), this gig will start at the earlier