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OXYD  -  Sun Aug 02, 2015  |  08:00 pm
Admission £ 10.00 ( £ 8.00 concessions)
Jazz North East usually goes on holiday during August, topping up our tans in Cullercoats, but when French quintet OXYD got in touch with us about a gig in advance of a Manchester Jazz Festival appearance, we put our beach plans on hold.

The Paris-based group is influenced by a diverse range of musicians and bands, citing Jim Black, Steve Coleman, John Hollenbeck and Marc Ducret amongst the former, and AlasNoAxis, Kneebody, Radiohead and Sonic Youth on the band front. Their original compositions also draw inspiration from both European and American jazz, but with elements of rock, pop, improv and contemporary music subtly blended into the mix.

Led by keyboards player Alexandre Herer, the band has a powerful front line in trumpet player Olivier Laisney and tenor sax player Julien Pontvianne, with inspirational support from the high quality rhythm section of Oliver Degabriele on electric bass and Thibault Perriard on drums. Since its creation in 2006, the quintet has played clubs and festivals throughout France, Europe and the USA, and has released three critically acclaimed albums.

For this gig at the Bridge the band will be unveiling its latest project, inspired by the music of Nirvana, but including a good deal of new material which draws on the energy of the iconic American band without being in any way a slavish imitation - far from it, this is original, exciting jazz that deserves to be heard.

Which is why we're heading back from the beach to present a gig in August!

Tickets for this gig are available from Reflex Records (0191 260 3246) or online from