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The Ushaw Ensemble  -  Tue Oct 31, 2017  |  08:00 pm
Admission £ 10.00 ( £ 8.00 concessions)
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info@jazznortheast.com
If we needed evidence that jazz can embrace a host of different influences, we needn’t look any further than our own doorstep, where pianist Paul Edis is pushing at instrumental and stylistic boundaries to create something utterly distinctive and wholly beguiling. The Ushaw Ensemble (named for Ushaw College, where Paul has been promoting gigs for the past couple of years) was brought together in March 2016 for a concert in Durham Cathedral, performing the specially commissioned ‘St Cuthbert’s Suite’. The inclusion of violin and Northumbrian Pipes alongside more familiar jazz instruments leant significant folk echoes to the mix, which also incorporated elements of contemporary classical music.

This debut went so well that it was clear to everybody involved that the group should continue, and the selection of the septet for this year’s ‘Northern Line’ roster of leading Northern bands has additionally encouraged Paul to create new material, and to seek further opportunities to perform. And we’re exceptionally pleased to be providing just such an opportunity at this Jazz Café gig.

The second set at the gig will feature the original ‘St Cuthbert’s Suite’, but there’s a world premiere in the first half with the unveiling of a completely new suite (so new that it doesn't yet have a name!), alongside another piece, ‘The Sound of Achill’, which received its only previous performance at Durham’s Gala Theatre. So - a new ensemble, with a radically different instrumentation and great musicians, playing freshly minted and highly melodic compositions. There’s no doubt that we’re in for a treat.

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