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Tim Richards Hextet  -  Tue Jun 28, 2016  |  08:00 pm
Admission £ 10.00 ( £ 8.00 concessions)
It's been much too long since Jazz North East last booked pianist Tim Richards (February 2001, to be precise, with the nonet 'Great Spirit'), but the wait is finally over as he returns with a 6-piece band, the Hextet.

It's a tremendous cross-generational group; saxophonist Ed Jones and trumpeter Dick Pearce return from that last appearance, and bassist Dominic Howles is also a long-time associate of the leader, having appeared on Tim's most recent trio recordings. But the mix is completed by dynamic young drummer Peter Ibbetson and rising star vibes player Ralph Wyld. The Hextet's 2015 album 'Telegraph Hill' was acclaimed for its "buoyant, grooving melodies and arrangements which sparkle with his players' individual, improvisatory freedom", and it's this new material that will be at the heart of our Black Swan gig.

Critic Iann Mann wrote that "there’s a majestic and dramatic quality about Richards’ writing that invokes expansive and absorbing solos… A band that should be well worth seeing…” And here's the opportunity!

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