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Johnny Hunter Quartet  -  Fri May 19, 2017  |  09:00 pm
Admission £ 10.00 ( £ 8.00 concessions)
When a band is described as “a fabulous advertisement for British jazz”, we sit up and take notice. And that’s the tribute paid to the Johnny Hunter Quartet by critic Adrian Pallant in ‘London Jazz News’.

Not that this is the only accolade received by drummer Hunter’s Manchester-based group, which has been selected as one of Jazz North’s ‘Ambassador Artists’ for 2016-17, and whose debut CD ‘While We Still Can’ was widely hailed in the jazz media. The attraction is easy to understand, because this is a band which crackles with the snappy immediacy of classic 1960s Blue Note jazz (including plenty of catchy licks from the two horn front-line), while adventurously exploring the possibilities provided by the absence of a harmony instrument. So there are shades of both Sonny Rollins and Ornette Coleman in the approach, while also tapping into other sources as diverse as bass & drums energy and Middle Eastern rhythms and scales.

So, to quote another review, this one from ‘Jazzwise’, this is “Hard-grooving Jazz that’s filtered through the investigation of more unfamiliar dance metres,” and as such it has an immediate appeal to both the heart (or should that be the feet?) and the head.

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

This gig is a co-promotion with the Jazz Café.