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Not Now Charlie + Thomas Dixon Quartet  -  Fri Feb 22, 2019  |  07:45 pm
An exciting double bill from two outstanding Tyneside bands.

The roots of Not Now Charlie, who will be launching their new EP at this gig, are set in the Jazz world, but they draw on their mutual love of many other genres such as Rock, Neo Soul, Pop and R&B, so you can expect a judicious mix of jazz harmony with infectious grooves and memorable melodies, all topped off with the excitement of improvisation. Influences range across the likes of Christian Scott, Manu Katche, Chris Potter, Roller Trio and Joshua Redman, all contributing to the creation of their own individual sound.

Completing the bill will be a debut performance from Thomas Dixon’s new quartet, experimenting with a multi-keyboard setup and bringing new sounds and new tunes to the table. The compositions are reflective of the current blending of styles in the British jazz scene, drawing as much from Afrobeat and hip-hop as they do from experimental electronic artists. It feels like the world has stalled, we're trapped between cloying nostalgia for past decades and constant predictions of the near and distant future. To remedy this, Thomas seeks to takes risks with his playing, and throw himself and his bandmates into the unknown, hoping to scour the collective idea space for fresh ideas to work with.

Tickets are available from Reflex CD (0191 260 3246) or online from