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robsonIT WAS the best of times, it was the worst of times. Loss of funding cast the shadow of the guillotine over Jazz North East at the end off last year, and there are still serious doubts about our financial future. But thanks to the generosity of our friends amongst audiences and musicians, who responded magnificently to our crowd-funding appeal and our great fund-raising concert at the end of January, we not only staved off collapse, but are able to continue delivering the kind of varied and high quality programme that is our trademark.

Many thanks to everybody who contributed in any way – your support makes us all the more determined to carry on.

And carrying on over the next few months means presenting an outstanding array of musicians. Our growing international links are reflected in a first North East appearance from Canadian saxophonist François Carrier, and in gigs from two extraordinary young French bands Pulcinella and Papanosh, while the diversity of the UK scene is represented by presentations as different as free jazz whirlwind Mick Beck, a pulsating organ trio led by Phil Robson, and the mesmerising guitar duo of Mike Walker and Stuart McCallum. And we’re not neglecting our own Tyneside talent, with a booking for improvising pianist Paul Taylor.

There’s plenty more, and, as usual, what matters to us is not genre, but quality – if it’s good, we’ll book it, and we think the coming programme has something for jazz lovers of all persuasions.


15th May @ the University Recital Room
Roger Beaujolais Quartet
Vibes veteran delivers soul-tinged contemporary jazz with a top flight band, including dynamic drummer Winston Clifford.

22nd May @ the University Recital Room
François Carrier Trio
First North East visit from French-Canadian saxophonist, delivering free improvisation with an undercurrent of melody.

28th May @ the Jazz Café
Charlotte Glasson Group
Entertainment meets great musicianship from multi-instrumentalist Glasson and her quintet, including iconic guitarist Chris Spedding.

5th June @ the Lit & Phil
Phil Robson Organ Trio
The classic trio of organ, guitar and drums, re-invented for today by three of the UK’s most exciting musicians.

8th June @ the Bridge Hotel
Beck Hunters
Fire-breathing saxophonist (and bassoon player extraordinaire) Mick Beck returns in the company of Manchester’s Beck brothers.

24th June @ the Jazz Café
Mike Walker & Stuart McCallum
Two of the UK’s most celebrated jazz guitarists come together for an evening of intimate and subtle interplay.

15th July @ the Jazz Café
Troyka + Pulcinella
Amazing double bill features the storming jazz-rock of Troyka and the quintessential French jazz of Pulcinella.

27th July @ the Bridge Hotel
More Francophone jazz from a quintet that embraces influences from traditional French music and downtown New York!

Full details for all these gigs can be found on the Events pages of this website.