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Travelers + Julia Sassoon  -  Tue Nov 25, 2014  |  08:00 pm
Admission £ 10.00 ( £ 8.00 concessions)
ONE of the most rewarding developments in jazz over the past decade has been the extent to which young musicians across Europe have transcended geographical boundaries to follow shared musical enthusiasms . . . and Jazz North East is proud to have increasingly tapped into this rich seam of international creativity.

Travelers is a case in point: two musicians from Italy (bassist Matteo Bortone & guitarist Francesco Diodaiti) and two from France (reeds player Antonin Tri-Hoang & drummer Ariel Tessier), coming together to explore a mutual fascination with the edge between contemporary jazz and rock/pop music. Formed in 2008 by Bortone, who also writes most of their material, they have developed as a truly integrated group with no prima donnas, but an approach in which each member contributes equally to the improvised dialogues that evolve from deceptively catchy melodies. Their debut CD, released in 2013, won awards in both Italy and France, and we are pleased to be welcoming them to Newcastle as part of their first ever visit to the UK.

Pursuing the international theme, we have an opening set from Berlin-based pianist Julie Sassoon. Julie's only previous Tyneside appearance was back in 2008 at the Cluny, with a performance which is fondly remembered by everybody who was there. She too recalls it with enthusiasm, and Jazz North East was the first promoter she contacted when she started to think about putting together a short tour. Her recent solo album 'Land of Shadows' drew critical comparisons with Keith Jarrett, and was described in 'All About Jazz' as "a wonderfully rich and beautiful record". It's good to have her back.