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VOLE  -  Thu Mar 08, 2012  |  08:00 pm
Admission £ 7.00 ( £ 5.00 concessions)
One of the joys of jazz is coming across a new artist and being blown away by them - and that's what happened to one of Jazz North East's organisers when he encountered Roland Ramanan at a gig in London. In fact the trumpeter made such an impression that within three days we had him and his band VOLE booked for his first ever Tyneside gig.

The son of legendary '60s trumpeter 'Shake' Keane, Ramanan has been a member of the London Improvisers Orchestra for over a decade, but it was with the establishment of VOLE - initially a trio - that he found the ideal vehicle for his instrumental mastery, combining a skewed lyricism with radical innovation. And he found the perfect partners in Italian guitarist Roberto Sassi (another revelation), whose frantic scrabbling runs keep the energy levels at fever pitch, and drummer Tom Greenhalgh, who switches between acute sensitivity and torrential fury with lightning speed. But as if that weren't good enough, Ramanan has recently added a fourth dimension to the band with the recruitment of the brilliant Alex Hawkins on keyboards - a man who was most recently on Tyneside with the acclaimed Anglo-American Convergence Quartet.

With an approach influenced by the like of Henry Threadgill and Tim Berne, combining challenging compositions with extended stretches of free improvisation, a VOLE gig is an exciting and unpredictable experience. “By turns floating, funking and punking out," wrote one reviewer, "they stuff a range of influences and compositional devices into an improvised funnel and let them splatter all over the audience.”

We've never been happier to be splattered.