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Jesse Bannister Quartet  -  Thu Jul 19, 2018  |  08:00 pm
Admission £ 10.00 ( £ 8.00 concessions)
It’s a pleasure for us to be again working with GemArts to present a gig as part of their Masala Festival. And the pleasure is doubled as it marks a first Jazz North East appearance for Jesse Bannister, widely regarded as the finest Indian saxophonist in Europe.

Jesse is acclaimed not just as an instrumentalist, delivering a seamless fusion of jazz and Indian music, but also as a composer, with writing credits for film, TV, theatre and dance projects, as well as the Halle Orchestra and - perhaps the most surprising - the Tour de France! And touring is a big part of his life, leading projects in Asia, Europe and the USA - all of which means that performances here in his UK homeland are infrequent, and very much to be treasured.

For this gig at the Jazz Café he has put together a new quartet, all of whose members are enthusiastic about crossing musical boundaries. Guitarist Joe Harris has previously appeared at the Café with vocalist Vanessa Rani, while bassist Kenny Higgins - a frequent collaborator with Jesse - has worked alongside artists as diverse as Corinne Bailey Rae, Omar Puente and Seikou Keita. Most intriguingly, the quartet is completed by Georgie Buchanan, a self-described “vocalist and sound explorer” who works across a spectrum from folk song to inter-species communication. As a platform for Jesse’s own intricate and evocative saxophone playing, this is a distinctive and inspiring supporting cast.

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

This gig is a co-promotion with GemArts as part of their Masala Festival, a mix and blend of the finest South Asian Arts and Culture in spaces and places across the North East, from Saturday 14th July to Sunday 22nd July. Find out more at .