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Bradley Johnston Quartet  -  Sat Dec 05, 2015  |  02:00 pm
Over the lunchtime of 5th December the Jazz Café will play host to a meeting of NorVol, the network of jazz promoters from across the whole of the North. When Jazz North East was asked to provide some music to follow the meeting, we didn't have to spend too much time cogitating - the Bradley Johnston Quartet seemed an ideal choice.

Guitarist Johnston has been turning heads on the Tyneside scene since he was in his mid-teens, a student on the degree course at Sage Gateshead. His talent was quickly spotted by his tutor James Birkett, and the two of them formed a popular guitar duo which applied technical flair to a journey through the history of jazz guitar.

But over the past year Bradley has started to branch out with his own quartet, delivering a mix of standards, originals, and tunes by Pat Metheny (clearly a favourite of Brad's), much of it in a gently pastoral mode but with flashes of high energy pyrotechnics. The rhythm section of pianist Pete Gilligan, bassist Paul Grainger and drummer Tim Johnston could hardly be better chosen - all versatile and vastly experienced players, they are the ideal support for Brad on his creative journey.

Our Tyneside jazz scene is not as well known around the North as it deserves, so this should be a fine demonstration to regional promoters that we have young (and not so young) talent aplenty. And for local jazz fans who haven't yet caught up with the Bradley Johnston Quartet (or have, and fancy some more), this gig is open to everybody . . . and it's free!