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Laura Jurd Septet  -  Tue Jan 27, 2015  |  08:00 pm
It’s not much more than two years since trumpeter Laura Jurd made her first Newcastle appearance, but since then she has become one of the most acclaimed young musicians of recent times (can there be any greater recognition than being interviewed by Jenni Murray on ‘Woman’s Hour’?).

Subsequent appearances on Tyneside have been with Matt Anderson’s Wild Flower Quintet and the quartet Blue Eyed Hawk, and on each occasion it has been clear that the acclaim is all richly deserved – she really is a player who combines outstanding technical fluency with unfailing originality and wide-ranging imagination. It’s great to have her back to play the first concert in our ‘Women Make Music’ series, part of the launch tour for her second album ‘Human Spirit’.

Originally commissioned by the 2013 London Jazz Festival, 'Human Spirit' consists of a series of pieces written to feature Dublin-born vocalist Lauren Kinsella - another young musician around whom a massive buzz is developing. The songs enter the realms of rock and folk music whilst providing a platform for improvisation and creative dialogue between the musicians; “think electric-Miles meets street band with a folkloric twist” is Laura’s description of it. In addition to Laura and Lauren, the Septet is packed with outstanding talent: fellow trumpeter (and Laura’s one time teacher) Chris Batchelor is the relative veteran in the line-up, while Mick Foster, Colm O’Hara, Alex Roth and Corrie Dick are all members of the latest generation of inspirational young players breathing fresh life into British jazz.

Tickets for this gig are available from Newcastle Arts Centre (0191 261 5999) or Reflex Records (0191 260 3246)

This gig is financially assisted by the PRS Foundation's 'Women Make Music' scheme