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phone 0191 2229882 event evenings only

0191 2229880 daytime closed Sunday.

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25 - 27 Pink Lane; near the Central Station

Summer Holiday - the Cafe is closed daytime from Sunday 26th June until September 6th
It will be open from 6pm as a bar and coffee shop for evening events. to reserve tickets
phone Newcastle Arts Centre 0191 2229880 or visit our Craftshop to buy ( cash only)

 

Tuesdays - live from 8pm admission charge for most events except Jams

Fridays   - admission free up to 8.00pm, Live from 9.00pm -

Saturday live from 9pm. usually admission Free

Please check listings and START TIMES -
from March most weekend events will start at 9pm

 We launched a new upstairs venue last April, hosting the Late Club for the Sage Festival
for the first time at the Jazz Cafe

Wheelchair access -ground floor only

....Please note that the Jazz Café, Pink Lane, is owned and run by Newcastle Arts Centre,
our Black Swan Venue is used for larger events and has a passenger lift.

Our Upstairs Venue at the Jazz Cafe continues to attract some special events, Schmazz have had several wonderful gigs
with a very supportive audience and there is more to come.....

More information about the Jazz Cafe as a venue

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 May was a month of fine gigs at the Jazz Cafe and the Black Swan

read reviews at Bebop Spoken Here
Ingred Jenson . Noel Dennis . Simone Gubbiotti . Babmus

 

JUNE

 

 

Friday 24th June 9.00pm (Doors 8.30pm) –
Sue Richardson ‘ Too Cool.’

Tickets £10 / £8 conc. from The Jazz Cafe (0191 222 9882); Reflex CD (0191 260 3246);
or online from seetickets.com

The story of Chesney 'Chet' Baker, American trumpeter and vocalist, is a kind of reverse
of the Dorian Grey tale. From angel-faced boy wonder in the 1950s, Baker aged hideously
thanks to a life-long heroin habit, yet he still somehow managed to conjure up some sublime
performances right through to the end.

For this joint Jazz Cafe / Jazz North East / 'Women Makes Music' gig, Sue Richardson
- trumpet, flugelhorn and vocals - works with a hand- picked North East group to recreate
Baker's music, adding some original tunes of her own, and stringing the whole thing together
with a spoken narrative developed with the help of actress Sylvia Sims.
Since its first performance in 2013
(commemorating the 25th anniversary of Baker's mysterious death) this project and its
associated CD has been drawing rave reviews, and has several times sold out Ronnie Scott's
London club. It seems likely to pack out the Jazz Café as well, so our advice is, book early.

Sue Richardson (Trumpet/Flugelhorn/Vocals/Narration); Sue Ferris (Baritone Sax);
Paul Edis (Pno); Andy Champion (Double bass); Russ Morgan (Drums)
www.suerichardson.biz

 

 

Tuesday 28th June 8.15pm (Doors 8.00pm)
Jazz North East presents Schmazz with

Tim Richards’ Hextet

Black Swan Bar & Venue, 69 Westgate Road, NE1 1SG

It’s no less than fifteen years since Jazz North East booked pianist/composer Tim Richards’
band Great Spirit., Now his tremendous new cross-generational group arrives under
the auspices of JNE’s contemporary but accessible programming stream Schmazz, featuring
both saxophonist Ed Jones and trumpeter Dick Pearce from that last appearance and another
long time associate in bassist Dominic Howles.. The band is completed by dynamic young
drummer Peter Ibbetson and rising star vibes player Ralph Wyld.

The Hextet's 2015 album 'Telegraph Hill' was acclaimed for its "buoyant, grooving melodies
and arrangements which sparkle with his players' individual, improvisatory freedom", and it's
this new material that will be at the heart of their Black Swan gig. Further information from
www.jazznortheast.com www.timrichards.ndo.co.uk

Tickets £10.00 & £8.00 conc. from Newcastle Arts Centre (0191 222 9880);
Reflex CD (0191 260 3246); or online from www.seetickets.com

 

Thursday 30th June 8.00pm –
DESCARGA! Havana Style Cuban Jam Session
Free Admission – Members of Havana Club 5, Tyneside’s specialists in the rhythms
of latin America, invite you to play, listen or dance. Bring your instruments and sit in on
a selection of the best afro cuban jazz, son, merengue, cha cha cha and guaracha..

 

JULY

Friday 1st 9.00pm -(Doors 8.30pm)
John Martin Quintet - The Hidden Notes :

£7.00 (£5.00 adv.
from Newcastle Arts Centre 0191 222 9880).
New CD Hidden Notes review

John Martin has spent the last four years exploring all the wild multiphonic sounds that
a saxophone can make and harnessing them into the finest compositions.
The Hidden Notes offers a window into a new and unique sound world. It is a
celebration of the saxophone and all the beautiful colours that are hidden just below
the surface.
John Martin (tenor sax), Ralph Wyld (vibes), Rob Updegraff (guitar),
Tim Fairhall (double bass), Tim Giles (drums).
“The lyrical sway of Andy Sheppard, the atmospherics of Jan Garbarek, the pensiveness of
Kenny Wheeler and the country-chime of early Keith Jarrett” John Fordham ,The Guardian.
“An engaging young saxophonist with a soulfulness which seems to have been surgically
removed from many young Jazz Studies alumni.” Chris May, All About Jazz
www.johnnoblemartin.com Supported by Arts Council England

 

Tuesday 5th 8.00pm – Free
Tuesday Jam. Open mic session with great house trio - The Jazz Cafe

 Professional musicians, music students, enthusiastic amateurs and music fans
are all invited by Tyneside’s top house trio of Peter Gilligan(piano),
Paul Graiger (double bass) and Russ Morgan (drums) to sit – in or listen.

 

Friday 8th July 9pm –

Emma Fisk / James Birkett Duo Play Venuti & Lang – Free Admission

Bringing together their shared knowledge of early jazz styles,
Emma Fisk (violin) and James Birkett (guitar) present an entertaining and informative
programme of music associated with the first great violin and guitar partnership in jazz.

The names of Django Reinhardt and Stephane Grappelli are familiar to many as pioneers
of string-based swing jazz. Far less universally known are the names Joe Venuti and
Eddie Lang, the Italian-American duo who played hot violin and guitar jazz in the 1920s
and 30s, yet Lang was Reinhardt’s primary influence and back in the day the European
pair were usually dismissed as a country-style parody of the Americans.
www.emmafisk.co.uk

“ . the wonderfully agile and focused violinist Emma Fisk filling in for Joe Venuti,
who had other commitments” Michael Steinman , Jazz Lives.
“the brilliant Emma Fisk played the (musical) role of Joe Venuti” Alyn Shipton, BBC Radio 3

 

Tuesday 12th July 8.15pm (Doors 8.00pm)
Gem Arts, Jazz North East and Jazz North present
'Manjula'

Black Swan Bar and Venue, Newcastle Arts Centre.
Tickets £8.00 Full Price / £6.00 Concessions (MU / OAP / NUS / Benefits)
from Newcastle Arts Centre (0191 222 9880) Reflex CD (0191 260 3246) or online from seetickets.com

Combining the haunting ambience of Vanessa Rani’s training as an Indian classical singer
in Kolkata with her high level skills as an improvising jazz vocalist, Manjula – melodious –
brings together rhythms and melodies from a range of the world’s musical cultures.
Vanessa’s bandmates are Sam Bell (percussion), leader of the Latin-Soul ‘Bugalu Foundation’,
Joe Harris (guitar), founder of the African flavoured ‘Ikestra’, and Simon Read (double bass),
leader of a contemporary jazz Octet featuring Laura Jurd and Jamil Sherif. ‘Manjula’ played
the Cafe last November with great success.

This concert is presented as part of the GemArts Masala Festival, a weeklong celebration of
the finest mix and blend of South Asian Arts and Culture in venues
across the North East this summer.
www.gemarts.org

Thursday 14th July 8.00pm –
DESCARGA! Havana Style Cuban Jam Session –Free Admission –
Members of Havana Club 5, Tyneside’s specialists in the rhythms of latin America,
invite you to play, listen or dance. Bring your instruments and sit in on a selection of
the best afro cuban jazz, son, merengue, cha cha cha and guaracha..

 

Friday 15th July 9.00pm –
Stuart Collingwood / Steve Wall Duo – Admission Free
Former Ex - Extreme bandmates Stuart (organ) and Steve (drums) play tunes from
organ greats Jimmy Smith, Richard ‘Groove’ Holmes and Brother Jack McDuff and
other classics from the blues and jazz repertoire.

 

Tuesday 19th July 8.00pm –
The Tuesday Jam – Admission Free
Professional musicians, music students, enthusiastic amateurs and music fans are
all invited by Tyneside’s top house trio of Peter Gilligan(piano),
Paul Grainger (double bass) and Russ Morgan (drums) to sit – in or listen.

 

Friday 22nd July 9.00pm –
Peter Gilligan / Pete Tanton Duo – Admission Free -
Pete Tanton (trumpet and flugelhorn) and Peter Gilligan (piano) present a unique
set of original tunes and off- the - beaten track classics in a blend of Tanton's
Southern Cool and Gilligan's Northern soulfulness.

 

Thursday 28th July 8.00pm –
DESCARGA! –Free Admission
Havana Style Cuban Jam Session – Members of Havana Club 5,
Tyneside’s specialists in the rhythms of latin America, invite you to play, listen or dance.
Bring your instruments and sit in on a selection of the best afro cuban jazz, son, merengue,
cha cha cha and guaracha..

 

Friday 29th July 9.00pm –
John Pope / Mark Williams Duo – Admission Free.
Two of Newcastle's busiest players come together for a rare duo performance.
Taking in blues, ballads and the music of some of the legendary guitar / bass duos
(Pat Metheny / Charlie Haden, Jim Hall / Ron Carter etc), their take on the format is sure
to be both sophisticated and raucous, swinging and subtle.

 

AUGUST 2016

Tuesday 2nd August – The Tuesday Jam – Admission Free.
Tuesday Jam is the Jazz Cafe’s twice monthly (1st & 3rd Tuesdays) open mic session
for jazz musicians and singers on Tyneside and a great night’s entertainment
for all concerned.
It’s hosted by Peter Gilligan (piano), Paul Grainger (double bass) and Russ Morgan (drums).

 

Friday 5th August –
Peter Gilligan / Ray Burns Duo – Admission Free.
Together at The Cafe for the first time since 2014, Ray (chromatic harmonica and vocals)
and Peter (piano) perform a relaxed evening of blues and old time jazz standards.

 

Thursday 11th August
DESCARGA! Havana Style Cuban Jam Session –Free Admission –
Members of Havana Club 5 invite you to play, listen or dance at this twice monthly session
of the best afro cuban jazz, son, merengue, cha cha cha and guaracha..

 

Friday 12th August –
Dean Stockdale / Noel Dennis Duo – Admission Free

Dean (piano) and Noel (trumpet / flugelhorn) first teamed up last year with gigs at
The Jazz Cafe and at Darlington Jazz Festival. They renew their successful partnership
tonight with some new compositions by Dean, together with new arrangements
of classic jazz repertoire.

 

 

SEPTEMBER - Please note that because of planned changes to the building
future events may be subject to change of venue within Newcastle Arts Centre
phone Jazz Cafe, Tuesday - Saturday 0191 2229882

Tuesday 6th 8.00pm –
Tuesday Jam. Open mic session with great house trio - The Jazz Cafe


Thursday  8th  8.00pm - Jazz North East presents a  Women Make Music gig :
The Lauren Kinsella Ensemble -
Black Swan Bar & Venue. For details access
www.jazznortheast.com
www.laurenkinsella.com/live

 

Thursday 15th  8.00pm -  
DESCARGA!  A Havana Style Cuban Jam Session / open mic event

Friday 16th September 9.00pm –
Nigel Price Organ Trio – Guitar led Hammond Organ trio

Supported by The Early Bird Band. www.nigelprice.biz - The Jazz Cafe.


Tuesday 20th 8.00pm -
Tuesday Jam. Open mic session with great house trio -

 

Thursday 22 Sept 8pm -
Gerry Richardson's Big Idea -

Black Swan Bar & Venue
Hammond Organ - led nine piece power house band.
www.gerryrichardson.com -

 

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Tuesday 27th  8.00pm - Jazz North East presents a Schmazz gig -
Followed by Thirteen   -
Jazz Cafe, for details access
www.jazznortheast.com

 

Thursday 29th  8.00pm -
DESCARGA!  A Havana Style Cuban Jam Session / open mic event

Friday 30th September 9.00pm

David Lyttle Trio
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MOBO Award nominated drummer (Best Jazz) 2015 presents his trio.
www.davidlyttle.com - Jazz Cafe (upstairs).

 

 

OCTOBER

Tuesday 4th 8.00pm - Tuesday Jam. Open mic session with great house trio - The Jazz Ca

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Tuesday 11th 8.00pm - Jazz North East presents a Women Make Music gig -
Sarah Gail Brand / Steve Beresford / John Edwards Trio - Black Swan Bar & Venue.

For details access www.jazznortheast.com ....www.sarahgailbrand.net

 

Thursday 13th  8.00pm - DESCARGA!  A Havana Style Cuban Jam Session / open mic event -

 

Tuesday 18th 8.00pm - Tuesday Jam. Open mic session with great house trio - The Jazz Cafe

 

Thursday 27th  8.00pm - DESCARGA!  A Havana Style Cuban Jam Session / open mic event

 

NOVEMBER

Tuesday 1st 8.00pm - Tuesday Jam. Open mic session with great house trio - The Jazz Cafe

 Friday 4th 9pm – Coco Rouzier + The Peter Gilligan Trio – Soulful American jazz stylist and the Gilligan Trio pick up where they memorably left off at The Cafe’s Late Jam for the 2016 Sage International Jazz Festival.

www.jazzycoco.com The Jazz Cafe

 

Thursday 10th  8.00pm - DESCARGA!  A Havana Style Cuban Jam Session / open mic event -

 

Friday 11th 9.00pm – The Jazz Cafe & Jazz North East present
Greg Abate with the Paul Edis Trio
The Jazz Cafe. For details access
www.jazznortheast.com ....www.gregabate.com

 

Tuesday 15th 8.00pm - Tuesday Jam. Open mic session with great house trio - The Jazz Cafe

 

Friday 18th 9.00pm - The Jazz Cafe & Jazz North East present a  Women Make Music gig -
Unfurl Quartet  

led by Olivia Moore (violins) and featuring Maria Jardardottir (voice) -
The Jazz Cafe. For details access www.jazznortheast.com

 

Thursday 24th  8.00pm - DESCARGA!  A Havana Style Cuban Jam Session / open mic event -

Friday 25th 9pm – Mercury Quartet. “ Energetic grooves mixed with warmth and lyricism – a perfect combination.” Gwilym Simcock. www.mercuryquartetmanchester.co.uk The Jazz Cafe.

Tuesday 29th   8.00pm - Jazz North East presents a Schmazz gig -Tomasso Starace-  
Black Swan Bar & Venue. For details access www.jazznortheast.com www.tommasostarace.com

 

DECEMBER

Tuesday 6th  8.00pm – Tuesday Jam. Open mic session with great house trio - The Jazz Cafe

Friday 9th December 9.00pm - Ayanna Witter - Johnson, vocalist, cellist and composer. www.ayannamusic.com

Thursday 15th  8.00pm - DESCARGA!  A Havana Style Cuban Jam Session / open mic event

 

2017

 

7/2/17 – The Jazz Cafe, Jazz North East & NorVol present Seamus Blake with UK backing band to be announced. Hard – blowing, thoroughly accessible tenor saxophonist. British born, Canadian raised and New York based. Mingus Big Band regular. www.seamusblake.com The Black Swan Bar & Venue

 

10/2/17 – Maria Chiara Argiro Group. “an extremely talented pianist and composer with a real vision” Nicky Iles. “Beautiful compositions.” Ambrose Akinmusire. www.mariachiaramusic.com The Jazz Cafe.

 

17/3/17 – The Jazz Cafe, Jazz North East & Northern Line present Tom Riviere’s Family Band – From the Ornette Coleman tradition, simple riffs and themes allow these skilled improvisers the freedom to feel. www.tomriviere.com/ The Jazz Cafe

 

19/5/17 – The Jazz Cafe, Jazz North East & Northern Line present Johnny Hunter Quartet – Cool but fiery playing within and with the jazz tradition. Sonny Rollins influences and Middle Eastern flavours. www.johnnyhuntermusic.com/ The Jazz Cafe

 

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Jazz Cafe, 25-27 Pink Lane, ( near Central Station ) NE1 5DW . phone 0191 2229882

 Normal hours for the Café Tues -Thursday - 11am - 11pm

Fridays and Saturdays 11am - 1 am

Kitchen service 11am - 5 pm
www.newcastle-arts-centre.co.uk . email:- venue@newcastle-arts-centre.co.uk

 

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options include: private bar, food service, live music