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Mark Williams Trio : Last Bus to Bensham  -  Fri Sep 29, 2017  |  09:00 pm
Admission £ 8.00 ( £ 6.00 concessions)
There can hardly be a busier musician in the North East than guitarist Mark Williams. Whether supporting vocalists, adding rhythmic bite to ensembles large and small, or venturing into more adventurous terrain with the likes of the Fluid Orchestra, his commitment and imagination are unfailing.

The one downside to all this in-demand activity is that we get too few opportunities to hear Mark performing his own material. So when he told us he was going into the studio to record his second trio CD, we immediately offered to organise a launch gig for the new album. And here it is, the unveiling of ‘Last Bus to Bensham’, the long awaited successor to 2010’s ‘Balaclava Street’.

Mark’s compositions are as remarkable as his playing; seemingly familiar formats - a blues, a waltz, a ballad - but with distinctive twists stamped unmistakably with his personality. And his fellow musicians, long-time partner Paul Susans on bass and more recent playmate Russ Morgan on drums, are the ideal collaborators to interpret the material.

This is one of the great guitar trios, not just in the North East, but anywhere on today’s jazz scene. Get to the gig. Buy the album. And enjoy!

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

This gig is part of the Newcastle Festival of Jazz & Improvised Music, and is financially assisted by Arts Council England.