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Linda Sharrock Group + Knotts/MacCalman/Pope  -  Thu May 07, 2015  |  08:00 pm
Vocalist Linda Sharrock first came to prominence in the mid-1960s as a member of the American free jazz scene, most notably alongside Pharoah Sanders and her then husband, guitarist Sonny Sharrock. After moving to Vienna in 1978 she continued to work with progressive artists such as trumpeter and composer Franz Koglmann and reedsman Wolfgang Puschnig.

Then, in 2009, she suffered a major stroke which left her largely paralysed and confined to a wheelchair, and it seemed likely that she would never perform again. But her ability to listen closely to her fellow artists, to feel and find a place in the music, hadn't left her, and her near cathartic melodic improvisations have again found a natural home in the company of Berlin-born saxophone master Mario Rechtern, with whom she has formed a deeply sympathetic musical relationship. Rechtern accompanies her at this Jazz North East gig, part of our 'Women Make Music' series, with the group completed by three of the leading members of the Sheffield free music scene in guitarist John Jasnoch, brass virtuoso Derek Saw, and percussionist Charlie Collins.

Linda Sharrock's album 'No is No', recorded in May 2014, has been described as "a tour de force . . . reminding us that, before becoming a skill, music is a state of mind". This is an artist whose creativity remains undiminished, and it's with the greatest sense of privilege and pleasure that we bring her to Tyneside.

Linda's performance will be preceded by a short opening set from Shelley Knotts on electronics, Faye MacCalman on tenor sax, and John Pope on bass. Brought together specially for this concert, the trio will explore the boundaries between acoustic and electronic sound, and between jazz sensibility and a more abstract improvisational process.

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 'Wome