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REASONS TO BE CHEERFUL
ONE: The Arts Council has awarded Jazz North East a grant which kicks in from October, and is designed to keep us going until July 2015. We are, of course, extremely grateful for this positive outcome.
TWO: The grant has been awarded specifically to support a diverse programme that includes ‘straightahead’ jazz, more contemporary approaches (with a strong emphasis on contemporary composition), and the free improvisation strand of which we are one of the UK’s leading promoters.
THREE: We are also being encouraged to develop the international links which in recent years have enabled us to bring an extraordinarily cosmopolitan cast of overseas musicians to Tyneside.
So, the financial security this grant has provided means that we’ve been able to confirm a tremendous programme for the comings months. We have musicians heading to Newcastle from all points of the globe, with visits from Anglo-German quartet Paragon, Austrian-American trio Blueblut, and French-Italian quartet Travelers all scheduled before the end of November.
And there’s plenty more, including – a new departure for JNE – workshop sessions associated with gigs from two great UK improvising groups, Engine Room Favourites, and the Stephen Grew Quartet. We continue to be proud of our commitment to providing a wide-ranging programme of gigs where quality rather than genre is the overriding consideration, and – thanks to the new Arts Council grant – we’re looking forward to more of the same.
3rd October @ the University Recital Room
Haste + Lauren Kinsella Trio
Two sensational trios, the first featuring the great saxophonist Ingrid Laubrock, and the second with rising star vocalist Lauren Kinsella alongside Loose Tubes trumpeter Chris Batchelor and pianist Liam Noble.
19th October @ the Bridge Hotel
Engine Room Favourites
Amazing 10-piece band driven by four percussionists, with strong influences from the blues-rooted experimentation of the 1970s Chicago scene.
28th October @ the Jazz Café
Welcome return to Tyneside by the constantly inventive Anglo-German quartet, led by brilliant saxophonist Peter Ehwald.
2nd November @ the Bridge Hotel
Vienna-based trio featuring the world’s leading improvising theremin player Pamelia Kurstin, with guitarist Chris Janka and Led Bib drummer Mark Holub.
11th November @ the Jazz Café
Superbly versatile improvising pianist offers a workshop session, followed by a full gig from his outstanding quartet.
Full details for all these and later gigs can be found on the Events pages of this website.