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Mat Maneri, Lucian Ban & Evan Parker  -  Sat Oct 21, 2017  |  07:45 pm
Admission £ 13.10
When we brought the brilliant viola player Mat Maneri over from Brooklyn in 2004 it was the beginning of a lasting friendship. He's subsequently been back half a dozen times in different groupings, always under the banner of Jazz North East, and always delivering performances of exquisitely detailed creativity.

Our first encounter with Romanian pianist Lucian Ban came a few years later, but again we struck up an instant rapport. So when he went on to form a duo with Mat, we lost no time in bringing them to Tyneside (indeed, the notes for their album on the prestigious ECM label include a photograph of Newcastle's Lit & Phil!).

And now it goes one better with the recruitment of Evan Parker, a player who has revolutionised the art of the saxophone in ways as radical as Charlie Parker, John Coltrane or Ornette Coleman. Such is the worldwide demand for Evan's services that he now rarely tours in his homeland, and this gig is itself one of only three the trio are playing in the UK.

So, three great artists, from three different countries, but sharing a fierce dedication to exploring their music in unfailingly imaginative ways. An unmissable assembly of giants.

Tickets for this gig are available from 0191 443 4661 or online from Sage Gateshead