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Deep Cabaret  -  Fri May 11, 2018  |  09:00 pm
Admission £ 10.00 ( £ 8.00 concessions)
In recent years Jazz North East has presented plenty of gigs that cross categories, but Deep Cabaret surely take genre-busting to a new level!

Bandleader Steve Lewis describes this as the culmination of his life’s work - to make a band that fuses all the musics that fascinate him; jazz, improv, African, folk and left field pop (plus anything else that he chances to hear on the journey to Newcastle). And it’s a vision that’s reflected in an extraordinary instrumentation of guitar, clarinets, cello, hurdy-gurdy, bagpipes, and drums, plus the overtone vocals of Jayson Stilwell, grounded in a study of Tuvan throat singing.

What brings it all together is the quality of the musicians involved and their openness to different approaches. Drummer Ben McCabe and reedman Matt Robinson are both jazz-orientated players (indeed, Matt is the director of the Lancaster Jazz Festival), while the hurdy-gurdy and pipes are in the hands of “hardcore folkie” Paul Sherwood. Norwegian cellist Maja Bugge comes from a contemporary classical background, but, as she demonstrated in a recent solo session at the Bridge Hotel, is also a profoundly imaginative improviser. And finally the leader himself delivers angular guitar playing and cabaret inflected vocals that move between idiosyncratic takes on jazz standards and lyrics sampled from literature, science and sit coms.

It’s a rich and uncategorisable mix that has audiences initially intrigued, then invigorated, and finally entranced. Taste it, and you’ll be hooked!

This gig is a co-promotion with the Jazz Café

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