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Suddenly jazz is everywhere! In clubs and bars, at festivals new and old, the music is hot.

Let’s hope it lasts. It certainly deserves to, because nothing matches the excitement, the quality and the diversity of the jazz being delivered by young musicians here in the UK and right across Europe. And Jazz North East’s programme does what it always has - showcasing all the new developments while recognising and respecting the great tradition on which the new generation is building.

So the John Pope Quintet draw inspiration from the contrasting 1960s innovations of free jazz and hard bop, fusing them into something that shares the adventurousness of today’s European scene. Guitarist Francis Tulip takes iconic tunes from the jazz canon and reinvents them with a quintet that features Young Jazz Musician of the Year Xhosa Cole. And, emphasising the growing links across the European jazz community, Luxembourg’s Jeff Herr and Tyneside’s Belfast-born Mark Williams share a double bill, with opportunities for collaboration between the their two trios.

And there’s so much more, including an all-day extravaganza that honours the late Margaret Barnes, who for more than four decades was a dedicated member of the Jazz North East organising committee. For Margaret jazz was a lifelong enthusiasm, regardless of its ups and downs in popularity: Jazz North East feels the same, and is proud to continue presenting the very best of our great music.


7th July @ the Bridge Hotel
John Pope Quintet
Bassist John Pope unveils new material from his hand-picked quintet, drawn from the cream of the North’s jazz scene.

16th July @ the Lit & Phil
Zoe Rahman & Laura Macdonald
Unfailingly creative pianist Zoe Rahman teams up with Scottish saxophonist Laura Macdonald to explore a mix of jazz standards and original compositions.

20th July @ the Lit & Phil
A Concert for Margaret Barnes
An all-day event, featuring eight bands, paying tribute to the late Margaret Barnes, and raising funds for the Marie Curie cancer charity.

25th August @ the Bridge Hotel
Francis Tulip Quintet
Exciting young guitarist with a hand picked mix of Tyneside and Birmingham players, including Xhosa Cole, the BBC Young Jazz Musician of the Year.

1st September @ the Bridge Hotel
Sloth Racket
A welcome return for baritone saxophonist Cath Roberts and her adventurous quintet, delivering a mix of fiery free jazz, minimal improv textures and heavy riffs.

7th September @ the Globe
Contemporary jazz-rock outfit from Manchester, taking the template of Miles Davis’ 1970s funk moves and giving them an up-to-the-minute twist.

17th September @ the Black Swan
The Strictly Smokin’ Sessions
Members of the Strictly Smokin’ Big Band split into smaller units to showcase their own compositions.

22nd September @ the Bridge Hotel
Saxophonist Sam Rapley leads a group drawn from London’s young jazz elite, exploring the wealth of textures, harmonies and grooves available in the traditional jazz quintet setting.

4th October @ Gosforth Civic Theatre
Yazz Ahmed’s Electric Dreams

Trumpet star delivers free flowing and conversational improvisations, making use of electronic effects, sound design, live looping and sampling, in a distinctive exploration of contemporary jazz.

20th October @ the Bridge Hotel
Jeff Herr’s Corporation + Mark Williams Trio
Great double bill featuring Luxembourg drummer Jeff Herr’s fiercely driving trio alongside local favourite Mark Williams, leading one of the UK’s finest guitar trios.

For full details of each of these gigs, click on the band name.