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Welcome to our Spring / Summer Programme,
this year we kick off with a Late Shows Evening in our gallery to launch a new exhibition by Lewis Robinson, followed by a Late Late event with Lindsay Hannon at the Jazz Café.

 The refurbished Jazz Café is a vital live venue and a new daytime Café of real quality. We welcome the whole Jazz community. Our commitment to live events continues with the launch of a larger more flexible venue upstairs at the Jazz Café this Spring We celebrated this step forward by hosting the Late Night Club of the Sage International Jazz Festival on the weekend of April 4th and 5th.

Upstairs at the Jazz Café is a small unique space where you can expect a broad range of original live events from traditional music to the more challenging performance art. This June the improvisation Foundation launch New Comedy Improv Workshops at the Jazz Cafe click

New web address
New phone 0191 2229882

Jazz Café 25-27 Pink Lane, Newcastle upon Tyne. 2 minutes from the Central Station.

Open from 11am daily. Closed Sunday and Monday.

The Jazz Café is a fresh addition to the Art Centre's existing Performance, Exhibition, Conference and Studio spaces which are available to hire at attractive rates. So if you a planning an event for as few as 8 people or as many as 200 why not book a time to visit the Centre and see what we have to offer.


Over the next year we will further develop our popular programme of
art and craft classes and workshops lead by professional artists in our studios. These are short well focussed courses aimed at encouraging creative talent and developing skills.

This years exhibition programme features more new and interesting work by talented artists and we look forward to several shows by artists that have not been seen in this region before.
Look out for the Grainger Town Festival 28th June - 5th July a city centre community programme promoted by St John's Church, Westgate Road.

Explore our website for news of what is on offer with a regular update of events, courses and shows. Information is also available in our shops and gallery. To keep up to date please sign up to our e-mailing list, just mail a request to or complete a short form when you next visit the Centre. Be assured that your information will not be distributed outside our office.

Events are supported by Newcastle Arts Centre Trust Limited a Registered Charity

Juliet Kelly

presented by Jazz North East
8pm 11th September 2014
Black Swan Venue
Newcastle Arts Centre

 Jazz Cafe
Pink Lane, near Central Station -
tel 0191 2229882

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Jazz Café News

The One and Only
Jazz Café Pink Lane

 Our new programme is off to a fine start

a regular programme of live music on
Friday and Saturday nights at only £5 admission.

and now on Tuesday nights -

‘Tuesday Jam’ ( free admission)

1st and 3rd Tuesdays - April
‘Tuesday Jam’
the new jam session.
Resident rhythm section includes Peter Gilligan piano and Paul Grainger double bass.
Bring your Instrument and play or just listen. Free admission.

Check out our programme page for more listing information

a new series of
Schmazz @ the Jazz Café


Henrik Munkeby Nørstebø (trombone); Kjetil Jerve (piano); Andreas Wildhagen (drums)

Tuesday 30th September | 8.00pm

Admission £8.00 | £6.00 concessions

Adventurous Norwegian trio, with the unusual line-up of trombone, piano and drums, for their first ever UK gig, playing freely improvised music that explores different possibilities for instrumental interplay while remaining engaging and accessible.


Peter Ehwald (reeds); Arthur Lea (piano); Matthias Akeo Nowak (bass); Jon Scott (drums)

Tuesday 28th October | 8.00pm

Admission £8.00 | £6.00 concessions

Acclaimed Anglo-German quartet returns to Tyneside after a four year absence, featuring superbly expressive saxophone playing from leader Peter Ehwald, and a right up-to-the-minute contemporary approach that is still clearly rooted in the whole history of post-bop jazz.


The Jazz Café on the ground floor is now open as a Café by day and a Bar by night,a relaxed venue for drink, snack or meal. Locally sourced and cooked in our kitchen. Full Kitchen service 10 am – 5 pm
A complete Menu, Breakfast, Lunch and snacks
Evenings 5pm -9pm , Panini , sandwiches , cakes and scones

Open Tuesday – Saturday –Tuesday –Thursday 10 am -9pm. Later with events. Friday and Saturday 10 am -1am.

Full Bar licence with a choice selection of local ales, good wine, spirits and excelent coffee

family friendly up to 9pm. Free Wi-Fi, Childs high chairs and wheelchair accessible WC.

Hours Tuesday –Thursday 10 am -9pm.
Later with events

Friday and Saturday 10 am -1am.




Jazz Café part two,

A new venue for performances, parties and meetings. Following the successful reopening of the Jazz Café for the new year we have reopened the Upstairs venue in time for the Jazz Café to be the officiaL Late Night Jazz Club for the Gateshead International Jazz Festival at the beginning of April. It also become a venue for the Late Late Shows on May 17th

Upstairs at the Jazz Café

is a completely refurbished venue for Live performance, meetings and parties.

Licenced for Music, Dance, Theatre and Cinema from early until late this is a very flexible and creative space.

Fully equipped for sound, lighting and cinema, complete with private bar, wi-fi and kitchen service. This new venue compliments the Art Centre’s Black Swan and is available for hire from 8th of April.

The venue is open for private or public events for
20 to 65 people, from 10am until 2am.

Book now at special introductory rates for May and June.


Jazz Café, 25-27 Pink Lane,
near Central Station
tel 0191 2229882

Open Tuesday – Saturday from 10 am
programme information at

Pink Lane Jazz Coop
plans a rival venue

Press reports have appeared of a group set up to develop their own Jazz Venue in a run down pub off Scotswood Road in an industrial area just outside the the City Centre and some distance from Pink Lane.

You would think that an organisation that campaigned for the Jazz Café to reopen would celebrate the fact that Newcastle Arts Centre has kept its promise to reopen the Jazz Café as a live venue for Jazz in Newcastle, but no some members of the Co-op have felt it necessary to do their own thing while confusingly still maintaining the title Pink Lane Jazz. So they have run a public subscription for shares in their venture to resurrect the Globe pub as a venue in competition with the Jazz Café.


Please note that the Jazz Café can only offer its ambitious programme of live music with the support of Newcastle Arts Centre Trust which has the funds to sustain its long term development. Take a look at the Cafés programme which does more than any other local venue to promote this regions most talented Jazz musicians.

These have included events programmed by the Co-op and funded by our Trust. Its sad to see that the Co-op have published a prospectus that sights the success of the Jazz Café as a threat to their plans
‘ Threat - Aggressive competition from the Jazz Café’


Newcastle Arts Centre has owned the building that became the Jazz Café since 1981. Despite considerable commercial interest in the bar license we decided not to re-let it because we wanted it to continue as a music venue and we needed the excellent kitchen space to serve functions at the Arts Centre. We now have the bonus of a second venue to compliment the Black Swan which is fully booked on most weekends. The Black Swan is too big for most small scale creative events so our investment in the two performance spaces at the Jazz Café makes a welcome platform for our programme. This month started with the exciting re-opening of the Upstairs venue at the Jazz Café. We were delighted to be associated with the Sage and open as the official
Late Night Jazz Club for the Gateshead International Jazz Festival.

At the Jazz Café we are not worried by the 'Pink Lane' Globe project on Railway Street, another venue that helps build an audience for live music is welcome, after all arts development in Newcastle is a mission of our company, but we are puzzelled by having put so much time an effort into producing a venue that people have asked for, others now proclaim that they are moving Jazz from Pink Lane.
To the Pink Lane Co-op on Railway Street........


Mike Tilley

Central Gateway stepping forwards and backwards !

The welcome multi million pound effort to improve the area around the Central Station as ' a Gateway to the City' will result in some improvements, a small pedestrian area at the bottom of Grainger Street, improved traffic light timings to speed traffic flow and improvements to the Station Portico, but the establishment of 'no car lanes' is being badly implemented as in practice this gives priority to the most dirty and noisy vehicles over the cleanest and quietest ones.
It can be argued that public transport should have priority over private cars to ease traffic flow at peak times but it is a complete nonsense to ban cars when bus services do not run. The traffic orders about to come in force prohibit private vehicles 24/7 ! Furthermore these 'improvements' will actually prohibit low emission cars and light vans while easing City Centre access for noisy and dirty diesel powered vehicles that pollute our City with toxic fumes.






Pollution levels in our City are far too high, as recognised by the Air Quality Management Order for the Central Station area that this development has taken no heed of . This lack of concern comes as little surprise as government has downgraded Air Quality as a planning priority despite the findings of the World Health Organisation and the threat of legal action by the EU on the UK for failure to meet healthy air quality targets.

A time will come when our Cities will have to establish low emission zones that ban the noisy mechanical dinosaurs that foul our streets and railway station. But those in power have other priorities so don't expect our Council to take a lead, ask Newcastle City Council to define the plans it has to establish a City Centre Low Emission Zone and you won't get an answer.

Westgate Road Milecastle

Westgate Road Milecastle now has a 'blue plaque' to mark the discovery of south-west corner of this fortified gate in Hadrian's Wall in 1985. This discovery confirmed that the Roman Wall ran along the south side of Westgate Road and is marked by a replica of the foundations that can be seen in the Black Swan Courtyard at Newcastle Arts Centre. This should not be confused with the Mile Castle pub which is further down the street. Dave Fry (top left of the photo) who led the excavation now runs the Pottery Studio at the Centre.

Councillor Nick Forbes Leader of Newcastle City Council
unveiled the plaque at the entrance to Black Swan Court on Thursday 29th September 2011.

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