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Narc Festival : The Jazz Stage  -  Sat Jul 07, 2018  |  07:00 pm
For a third year Jazz North East has been invited to programme a Jazz Stage at the Narc Festival, and we've again come up with a roster of artists who reflect the wonderful diversity that marks out improvised music today.
7.00 - 7.40pm : Martin Pyne & John Pope … A first gig for the duo of London-based vibes player Martin Pyne and Tyneside’s busiest bass player, John Pope. Although their paths have crossed from time to time, they’ve never played together before, so this convergence - likely to involve electronics alongside the acoustic instruments - is a welcome world premiere!
8.00 - 8.40pm : J Frisco … J Frisco, the trio of Lara Jones, Megan Roe and Jemma Freese, have been making waves since graduating from Leeds College of Music, and being selected for the prestigious ‘Jazz North Introduces’ scheme. There’s a hypnotically ambient undercurrent running through everything they do, sometimes enhanced by episodes of poetry which set the mood for their instrumental explorations. Captivating stuff.
9.00 - 9.40pm : Archipelago with Paul Taylor … Archipelago are probably the hottest jazz group to emerge from the North East for a decade, but before they became a trio they played a couple of great gigs as a quartet. For this one-off set they return to their origins, with Paul Taylor joining them on keyboards: it’s a combination that seems certain to see sparks fly.
10.00 - 10.40pm : Mark Williams Trio … Finally a set from what, in many people’s view, is one of the finest guitar trios not just in the North, but anywhere in the UK. Their recent CD, ‘Last Bus to Bensham’, has reinforced Mark’s already stellar reputation as a guitarist, and revealed him as a composer of increasingly adventurous tunes, drawing on a host of stylistic influences and making them entirely his own.

An unmissable end to another great night of jazz . . . and it's all free!