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Followed by Thirteeen  -  Tue Sep 27, 2016  |  08:00 pm
Admission £ 10.00 ( £ 8.00 concessions)
Immigration to the UK enriches our culture in many ways, and the world of jazz is no exception. The London scene in particular is an exuberant melting pot, with 'Followed by Thirteen' - a meeting of Danish, American and Italian musicians - a great example of this.

Bassist and leader Henrik Jensen arrived from Copenhagen in 1997, quickly establishing a reputation for versatility that has seen him in demand for bands across the stylistic spectrum, including six years touring with vocal trio the Puppini Sisters. But jazz has always been at the heart of his practice, and by the time he decided to form his own quartet he already had a wealth of musical contacts to call on, and a fine collection of original compositions for them to play.

Joining him in the group are his compatriot Esben Tjalve on piano, with an angular but accessible approach that has echoes of Monk or Ellington, American trumpeter André Canniere (whose recent Newcastle appearances with Entropi have been nothing short of sensational), and drummer Antonio Fusco - the Italian participant in the mix - who unfailingly but subtly keeps the momentum going, as well as contributing some finely judged interventions of his own.

When ‘Followed by Thirteen’ played the Jazz Café in early 2014, André Canniere had to drop out at short notice. It was still a tremendous gig, but Jensen's highly imaginative compositions were written with the full quartet in mind - it’s the very purpose for which he formed the band - so it’s great to have another chance to hear this music in all its many-splendored (and international) glory.

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