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Celebrating Roy  -  Tue Mar 11, 2014  |  08:00 pm
Admission £ 8.00 ( £ 6.00 concessions)
When Jazz North East booked the Bridge Hotel for this date, it was for a gig bringing together percussionist Roger Turner and the great American trumpeter Roy Campbell (whose first ever UK gig was a JNE promotion back in 2004).

Sadly, Roy died unexpectedly in January at the age of just 61. But in subsequent discussions with Roger we agreed that, rather than cancel the gig, we should use it as an opportunity to celebrate Roy's life and his contribution to our music. And once that decision was made, the question of who we should invite to join Roger was a no-brainer: Bristol-based trumpeter Nick Malcolm was the obvious man for the job.

Nick's only previous visit to Tyneside was with his own quartet in January last year, and he made a massive impression, bearing out critic Ian Mann's assertion that "the quietly adventurous music of Malcolm deserves to establish him as a significant presence on the UK jazz scene". What was notable was that, despite his relatively young age, he had clearly absorbed the whole jazz trumpet tradition, and expressed it in a fresh and individual way. In that, he clearly carries forward the spirit of Roy Campbell.

Roger Turner, of course, is no stranger to Jazz North East audiences, having played here with such iconic figures as Alan Silva, Eugene Chadbourne, and the late Lol Coxhill. An uncompromising free improviser, he nonetheless develops a sense of momentum to rival any of the great drummers of the past. To hear him with Nick Malcolm - representative of a new generation - give us confidence in the continuity of the music, and is a fitting tribute to our great friend Roy.