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Big Bad Wolf  -  Sun Apr 09, 2017  |  08:00 pm
Admission £ 8.00 ( £ 6.00 concessions)
When Big Bad Wolf describe themselves as “a London based band featuring washy guitars, ambient vocals, brassy hooks and deep grooves…”, they only tell part of the story. It could, after all, apply to any number of bands with little relationship to jazz, but this quartet has much more going for it . . . which is we have booked them for this, their first ever gig in the North East.

For a start guitarist Rob Luft was the winner of the 2016 Kenny Wheeler Jazz Prize, and you don’t get that accolade without having real improvising talent. But the processes by which they develop their music are completely egalitarian; they start each writing session by recording an open-ended group improvisation, they then listen back, pick out the best ideas and finally develop them into intricate and concise pieces of music. Within that process there is a strong focus on the instrumental blend within the unusual line up (trombone, guitar, bass and drums) and how to forge that into an individual, contemporary sound whilst still honouring the improvisational element of the jazz tradition.

None of which means they steer entirely clear of pop/rock styles, but they are all about building bridges, pushing the boundaries and blurring the edges of the genre through a wealth of influences, from Bjork to Derek Bailey. This is contemporary jazz with one eye on the past, one on the present, and a third (why not?) very much on the future.

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