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Jesse Bannister Quartet

It's great to be working again with GemArts to provide jazz input to their Masala Festival, a...more

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KEITH MORRIS AND SCHMAZZ

Schmazz was founded towards the end of 1999 by the late Keith Morris, as a platform for local, national and international musicians exploring new routes for jazz. In keeping with this principle, bands performing for Schmazz were expected to play only their own original material - "no standards, ever”.

From around 2010 Schmazz and Jazz North East began to work closely together, sometimes putting on co-promotions, and in 2014 the two organisations formally merged. However, JNE is continuing to put on one gig a month at the Newcastle Jazz Café (normally on the third Thursday), using the Schmazz brand and sticking with the principles established by Keith. This is important to us as a means of celebrating the enormous contribution he made to the whole of the music scene on Tyneside - you can read some of the tributes paid to him by musicians and listeners here.