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Seven Pieces of Silver, with Alan Barnes  -  Fri Feb 19, 2016  |  08:30 pm
Of all the great names of the hard bop era, none left a greater legacy of enduring music than pianist Horace Silver. Catchy, bluesy, soulful, but always with the potential for endless variation, his tunes continue to be covered and sampled by musicians around the world and across the styles.

Bassist Paul Baxter (most recently on Tyneside with his fine trio Eyeshutight) has had a long love affair with this music, and formed the septet ‘Seven Pieces of Silver’ to explore the whole range of Horace’s compositions - not just the iconic hits such as ‘Sister Sadie’, ‘The Baghdad Blues’ and ‘The Jody Grind’, but lesser known pieces that still bear the Silver hallmark.

Involving some of the hardest blowing musicians from the Yorkshire region, the band has proved immensely popular, but it moved up to a new level when Paul recruited Alan Barnes as guest artist for a gig at the 2014 Scarborough Jazz Festival. Unsurprisingly, they went down a storm, and straightaway decided that a tour should be put together so that other audiences should have a chance to savour this rich brew. With Alan Barnes being such a busy musician it’s taken a while to arrange, but now they’re on the road, and Jazz North East has got together with the Jazz Café to make sure that Tyneside gets a bit of the action.

A great septet, with a great guest star, playing the music of a great jazz composer - what could be better? The upstairs room at the Jazz Café is likely to be packed, so our advice is . . . book early!

Tickets for this gig are available from the Jazz Café (0191 222 9882), Reflex CD (0191 260 3246) or online from