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Tony Bianco & Paul Dunmall  -  Sun Nov 01, 2015  |  08:00 pm
Admission £ 8.00 ( £ 6.00 concessions)
For the first in what will be a monthly series of gigs featuring world class free improvisers, it's a delight to welcome a well established friend of Jazz North East in Paul Dunmall, and - in Tony Banco - a musician who astonishlngly has never played for us before.

It's astonishing because Tony is one of the most respected drummers on the scene; born in New York, and resident for a while in Berlin before moving to Britain in 1995, he maintains contacts on both sides of the Atlantic, and has played and recorded with such iconic figures as Dave Liebman, Alex von Schlippenbach and Evan Parker. But his closest association in the UK has been with Paul Dunmall, and we can't think of a more creative context in which to introduce Tony to the Tyneside audience than in the duo performance which will form the second set at this gig.

But, as if to make up for lost time, and to demonstrate the full rage of his percussive powers, the first set will consist of a solo session from Tony. These performances, a regular feature of his gigs, are an astonishing demonstration of fluid technique, great musicality, and an intuitive sense of structure. If you think you don't much like drum solos, think again - this will entrance you.

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