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VEIN with Greg Osby  -  Wed May 04, 2016  |  08:00 pm
Admission £ 10.00 ( £ 8.00 concessions)
When Swiss trio VEIN came to the Lit & Phil in April last year, they were an unknown quantity to most local jazz fans - but proved to be a revelation. Melodic, witty, unpredictable - and a shining demonstration that there is still plenty of creative mileage in the piano trio format.

Clearly the message of their quality has spread far and wide, because they are increasingly teaming up with leading players from the world of jazz, and when they enquired about coming back to Newcastle with the great American saxophonist Greg Osby, we didn't need to think twice. Since establishing himself on the New York scene in the mid-'80s, Greg has made an indelible mark as composer and player, leading his own band on a series of acclaimed Blue Note albums, and turning up as an inspirational guest with many of his leading contemporaries.

The collaboration with VEIN is a true meeting of musical minds, as they tackle each others' compositions, with playing that is simultaneously challenging and complementary, producing passages of sublime interaction. It's remarkable that Greg Osby has never previously played in Newcastle; it's great to have that omission made good, and even greater that it's happening in such inspirational company.

Tickets for this gig are available from the Lit & Phil (0191 232 0192), Reflex CD (0191 260 3246) or online from