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Kapok  -  Tue Nov 28, 2017  |  07:45 pm
Admission £ 10.00 ( £ 8.00 concessions)
There have been few French Horn players in jazz, and even fewer who have found a distinctive role for the instrument. But Dutch hornist Morris Kliphuis is in the process of changing all that.

He trained as a classical player, but almost from the start he was drawn towards improvisation, and when he formed the trio Kapok with guitarist Timon Koomen and drummer Remco Menting it was soon clear that he’d found the perfect partners to implement his vision of a music which matches technical fluency with free-wheeling creativity. The stylistic versatility of the trio - jazz is at the heart of everything they do, but they can segue seamlessly into indie, metal, hip hop and Americana - soon established them as one of the most original and exciting live bands in the Netherlands.

And not just in the Netherlands. In 2013, barely two years after forming, the band won the European Jazz Competition award, and has continued to pick up plaudits across the continent. But far from resting on their laurels, the trio took a break in 2016 to explore new approaches, built around long mesmerising lines, unusual sound combinations, and the subtle use of electronics to broaden the palette. The results, premiered at Amsterdam’s Bimhuis in June this year, were rapturously received as an even more distinctive development for this remarkable young band.

This gig at the Jazz Café is the opening date in the trio’s first ever tour in the UK - and we at Jazz North East are immensely proud to be hosting the debut performance for another brilliant European band.

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

This concert is supported by Dutch Performing Arts and the Jazz Promotions Network