HELP SAVE JAZZ NORTH EAST
JAZZ NORTH EAST has got a great programme of gigs through to the end of the year. But it could be our last . . .
We’ve often described ourselves in publicity as “Britain’s first grant-aided jazz promoter”; we were set up in 1966 with funding from Northern Arts (forerunner of the Arts Council), and in the subsequent 47 years they’ve consistently provided us with indispensible financial support. That’s been the safety net that has allowed us to take risks with a truly adventurous programme, covering the whole spectrum of jazz and improvised music, and bringing in a mix of well known artists and others who are less familiar but whom we reckon deserve to be heard.
But now the safety net has gone, as the Arts Council has rejected our most recent funding application, and we seem set to run out of money by the end of the year. And that’s why we’ve set up a crowd funding appeal, asking our friends amongst audiences and musicians to chip in whatever they can afford to help keep us going through the first half of 2014, while we look for more secure long term support. If you want to see Jazz North East continuing to bring the best of jazz to the area, please make a contribution at http://www.indiegogo.com/projects/2014-programming-fund/x/5120454
But back to the programme for the rest of this year – we reckon it demonstrates all the variety that distinguishes us as jazz promoters, from straightahead bop-inspired jazz, through contemporary approaches, to free improv. You may not fancy all of it (that’s the nature of diversity), but every gig features musicians at the top of their game, and we’re sure that there’s at least something for everybody.
6th November @ the Lit & Phil
Greg Abate & the Paul Edis Trio
A return for the popular American alto sax player, breathing fresh life into the bop tradition with the accompaniment of his favourite UK rhythm section.
17th November @ the Bridge Hotel
Sean Noonan & the Suwalki String Quartet
Innovative Irish-American drummer returns with a fascinating new project, featuring a dynamic Polish string quartet.
26th November @ the Cluny
James Mainwaring Quartet
One of the first appearances anywhere for new quartet formed by Roller Trio saxophonist.
28th November @ the Sage
Sonsale + Collaborations Trio
Two great groups featuring Tyneside bassists Andy Champion & John Pope alongside leading French and British improvisers.
1st December @ the Bridge Hotel
Zoe Gilby Quartet
Brilliant North East vocalist launches her new CD ‘Twelve Stories’ ahead of a national tour.
4th December @ Newcastle University
Marilyn Crispell & Raymond MacDonald
Iconic American pianist returns with Glaswegian saxophonist, in a duo that first came together four years ago, right here on Tyneside.
12th December @ the Bridge Hotel
Christmas with Djangologie
Imaginative and entertaining Hot Club inspired jazz helps us get into the Christmas spirit.
17th December @ the Cluny
Andy Champion’s tremendous contemporary quintet show just why they’re considered to be one of the hottest young bands on the UK scene.
Full details for all these gigs can be found on the Events pages of this website.