- Group Theory
- Thursday June 22nd
- £6.00 (£5.00 Advance)
Passionate about new music and crafting a unique sound, Group Theory perform original compositions written by their alto saxophonist, Daniel Garel and pianist, Matthew Jacobs (a current member of the National Youth Jazz Orchestra). Completed by drummer, Tristan Bacon and bassist, Dylan Purches, the group met playing together in the award-winning Durham University Big Band and, whilst still at University, have continued to play together in a variety of different contexts. This variety has cultivated the group’s imaginative and dynamic musical approach to improvisation and helped form a strong sense of ensemble between the players.
Having studied with contemporary classical composers Anna Meredith, Larry Goves and Jonathan Pitkin as well as at Montreal’s Schulich School of Music with the jazz composer and saxophonist, Christine Jensen, Daniel’s music fuses the melodic distinctiveness of jazz with the modernity and rigour of 21st century art music. He has received international acclaim for his big band arrangements with airplay on Gilles Peterson’s Worldwide FM and on his BBC 6 Music show as well as on the American electronic producer Bonobo’s LA–based NTS Radio. Matthew Jacobs’ music balances this with cool and groove-based jazz, drawing on a wide range of influences, from Oscar Peterson to Robert Glasper. Expect new sounds from an energetic ensemble!
‘Daniel has intrigued my ears with his exciting new voice in jazz, on the saxophone and in composition, containing a most modern approach.’
Christine Jensen (Schulich School of Music, Montreal)
Tickets from Jazz Cafe
- Paul Skerritt Band
- Friday June 23rd
- £7.00 (£6.00 Advance)
Comprising of four of the finest young jazz musicians in the north of England, the Paul Skerritt Band provides the region’s most explosive, energetic and exciting jazz and swing show. The band draws its material from a whole range of genres but applies to them all the same fresh jazz feel which is its trade mark. Led by vocalist Paul Skerritt and featuring James Harrison on keys the quartet’s other half consists of Anthony Ord bass and Tom Chapman drums.
“They have fun, and music should be about fun. A splendid session with lots of hokum mixed in with some fine singing and playing” – Lance Liddle (Bebop Spoken Here) “Now firmly established as the region’s favourite male jazz vocalist.” Jazz Alert
Tickets available from Jazz Cafe 0191 222 9882
- Jazz North East / Schmazz present a Women Make Music Event Atlas
- Tuesday June 27th
- £10.00 (£8.00 concessions)
Composer and keys / synthesiser player Rebecca Nash is creating quite a name for herself in the UK with her latest project Atlas featuring the formidable trumpeter Nick Malcolm, bass player Chris Mapp, and drummer / percussionist Matt Fisher. Rebecca appeared in the 2016 ‘Women Make Music’ series as part of the superb quartet Entropi led by Dee Byrne, impressing Jazz North East so much that they were determined to invite her back as leader with her own band.
Atlas delivers a fresh, innovative sound, blending improvised music with electronics, textural soundscapes, and driving grooves. Leader Rebecca draws on influences that range from electronica, free improv, and contemporary classical music and on this visit the usual Atlas Quartet will be joined by a very special guest TBC
“Atlas is an excellent example of a band which is built on a foundation of interesting and exciting new British Jazz Music” Mary Wakelam Jazzlines Manager, Symphony Hall, Birmingham
Tickets available from Jazz Cafe : 0191 222 9882; Reflex Records, Nun St : 0191 260 3246; and online : www.seetickets.com
- Chris Sharkey Trio
- Wednesday June 28th
- £5.00 (Students Free / Voluntary Donation) at door
Inspired by classic American jazz recordings from the 50s and early 60s, Leeds – based guitarist Chris Sharkey (Acoustic Ladyland, trioVD) and drummer Joost Hendrickx (Shatner’s Bassoon, Kefaya) with Tyneside bassist Andy Champion (ACV, Smoove &Turrell) tackle familiar jazz repertoire alongside original compositions and improvisations that channel the reckless, rebellious and innovative spirit of 52nd Street Manhattan through a distinctly 21st Century filter.
One of the finest nights of creative contemporary jazz currently available on Tyneside from three nationally established master improvisers and long – time close collaborators. Tonight is the ninth night of this unique residency.
- Alice Grace Quartet
- Friday June 30th
- £7.00 (£6.00 Advance)
Although she has only been living in the North East since 2015, Alice Grace has immediately earned a place among the region’s top contemporary jazz singers and a regular gig with its leading jazz big band, the Strictly Smokin’ Big Band, hardly surprising for someone whose career began with the National Youth Jazz Orchestra and the James Pearson Trio at Ronnie Scott’s Club, before she moved on, as a student, to the London Guildhall School of Music and the Conservatorium van Amsterdam.
Despite the occasional attempt to write Alice off as just another Great American Songbook interpreter – though when it comes to the GAS repertoire she’s got it more than well taped – there’s a lot more to her music than that, as this gig will demonstrate. Expect, in the main, a mix of contemporary jazz and originals performed by Alice with a phenomenally inventive trio. Take a bow Mark Williams, guitar, Paul Grainger, double bass, and Russ Morgan, drums. In short a new jazz quartet offering the cream of the North East scene.
- The Jazz Cafe & Waka Waka Africa present The Tunde Jegede Testimony Tour
- Wednesday July 12th
- £10.00 (£8.00 advance/£7.00 under 18s)
Tunde Jegede is a 21st century Renaissance man who bridges African and European musical traditions. He is an internationally renowned kora player, cellist and composer, whose soul-stirring music blends the ebb and flow of traditional kora-playing with his own dynamic contemporary compositions.
In this unique solo concert listeners are taken on a journey to the heart of Malian griot culture bringing Tunde’s sound worlds and rich musical legacies to life. With re-imagined cinematic imagery of ancient Africa, it is a meditative musical experience that touches on the very essence of our being. Tunde Jegede’s music is at once an intimate and personal reflection – a cultural expression that transcends boundaries.
Tunde Jegede grew up in London where his father was artist in residence at the Keskidee Centre, Britain’s first Black Arts Centre, and where Tunde encountered a range of black artists and activists including Bob Marley, Linton Kwesi Johnson and Angela Davis. In the Gambia he studied the kora and the ancient Griot tradition of West Africa; in London he studied the cello and western composition.
As a composer he has worked with many major classical orchestras but also for film, theatre, dance, opera and music theatre productions. He has also worked in the jazz field with former members of the Jazz Warriors and formed his own jazz ensemble, the Jazz Griots. He also keeps his creative diversity intact by writing for vocalists and spoken word artists in the pop, R ‘N’B, Reggae and Hip Hop fields.
There will be a short support set of songs from young local rising star Victor Yugire.
- Jazz North East and Gem Arts present Sarathy Korwar Quintet
- Thursday July 20th
- £10.00 (£8.00 concessions)
For a second year Jazz North East are pleased to be working with Gem Arts in co-promoting a concert as part of their Masala Festival of South Asian Arts. And this year’s event is something really exciting as percussionist and producer Sarathy Korwar showcases music from his ‘Day to Day’ album, fusing traditional folk music from India’s Sidi community with jazz and electronics.
Born in the US, but growing up in India, Sarathy was exposed early in life to the music of both cultures, taking up the tabla at the age of 10 and studying with Indian classical gurus, but early on translating his skills to the Western drum kit and seizing every opportunity to play jazz. When he moved to London to study for a Masters degree in performance he soon connected with such genre-busting artists as Shabaka Hutchings and Arun Ghosh, and started to make regular appearances on the capital’s jazz scene.
But, anxious to forge something original of his own, he took an extended trip to rural Gujarat, making field recordings of Sidi musicians (whose own roots reach back to East Africa), and incorporating these into the ‘Day to Day’ project to create a collage of rhythms and harmonies, recorded and live performance. It’s this unique musical soundscape that he and his quintet bring to the Black Swan.
Led by Sarathy Korwar (percussion), the quintet features Tamar Osborn (sax / flute), Guilliano Modarelli (guitar), Domenico Angarano (bass) and Alastair MacSween (keyboards). “an exceptional debut by this multi-percussive artist.” Gilles Peterson www.sarathykorwar.com
Tickets from Jazz Cafe 0191 222 9882, Reflex Records 0191 260 3246 or online from www.seetickets.com
- Jazz North East / Schmazz present Misha Mullov Abbado Sextet
- Tuesday July 25th
- £10.00 (£8.00 concessions)
Bassist Misha Mullov-Abbado came to the Jazz Café in February 2015 as part of the Tom Green Septet, when he impressed all present with his playing. But as a bandleader he has also built a reputation as a fine composer with an exceptionally wide range of influences, rooted in such fellow bass players as Ray Brown, Avishai Cohen and Jasper Høiby, but also drawing on folk traditions, contemporary classical, and groove-driven pop. It might seem like a recipe for an eclectic mish-mash, but he pulls it all together in a distinctive and organic way convincing enough to have won him both the Kenny Wheeler Jazz Prize and the Dankworth Prize for jazz composition.
Of course great compositions still need to be interpreted, and the multi-award-winning membership of his group : Matthew Herd (alto), Sam Rapley (tenor), James Davison (trumpet), Liam Dunachie (piano) and Scott Chapman (drums) do the job brilliantly, handling the complex orchestrations with aplomb and seizing the opportunities to deliver scorchingly imaginative solos. Among other venues they’ve played at Kings Place and the Barbican Centre and their debut album on Edition Records was included in the “Best Jazz Albums 2015” by both The Telegraph and BBC Radio 3. With such an impressive band, playing such impressive music, we’re certain to be . . . well, impressed.
Tickets available from Jazz Cafe 0191 222 9882; Reflex Records, Nun St, Newcastle 0191 260 3246; or online from www.seetickets.com
- Zoe Gilby / Andy Champion Duo
- Friday August 4th
Tyneside jazz vocal star Zoë has teamed up with her husband, the innovative and powerful double bassist Andy Champion, for a voice and double bass duo. Inspired by a meeting with the legendary American vocalist Sheila Jordan, this exciting project has been taking audiences by storm throughout the UK and Europe and illustrates Andy’s imperious technique, the range and dexterity of Zoe’s voice and her ingenuity in interpreting a lyric.
Their songs are drawn from far and wide : expect contemporary pop classics, songs from the modern jazz repertoire, original numbers (both Andy and Zoe write), tunes from the Great American Songbook and more.
- Four on Six
- Friday August 11th
Guitarist Stephen Glendinning, fresh from touring with King Bee, playing the Radio 3 Free Thinking Festival at The Sage Gateshead with his experimental project Diachronicx, and providing the jazz for the poetry outfit Jazz RiOT, takes time to revisit sometime duo Four on Six with bass player Paul Grainger. The duo enjoy the work of Jim Hall and Ron Carter, the Metheny/Haden canon, standards from the GASbook and beyond, and will be dipping into these, while also playing some original tunes.
“When two outstanding musicians team up for a duo gig, you know that it’s going to be a high quality performance and I wasn’t disappointed” Bebop Spoken Here