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Afternoon Jazz at The Jazz Cafe Mezzanine: Alexys De Alfaro & Julija Jacenaite
- Wednesday 19th June
- 2 pm – 4 pm
Jazz North East presents Durham University Big Band
Durham University Big Band is a fully-auditioned, student-run, eighteen-piece big band comprising the best jazz musicians in the university. With a large repertoire ranging from traditional big band swing to hip hop, latin and neo-soul, DUBB are incredibly versatile in the types of venues and settings they are able to perform in. An ambitious musical attitude has led the band to perform at multiple university and college events as well as internationally renowned jazz clubs across the country. DUBB have won multiple awards at The Great North Big Band Competition over recent years and have worked with well-known jazz professionals and educators including Mark Armstrong, Pete Churchill, and Ben Cotrell
Jake Walker Orchestra at The Black Swan Bar
STRICTLY SMOKIN’ SESSIONS
Strictly Smoking return for a second year under commission from Jazz North East to create new music using composed and performed by members of the Strictly Smoking’ Big Band. This year sees Alice Grace (Voice), Steve Summers (Saxophones / Reeds), Graham Don (Piano), Michael Whent (Bass) creating compositions performed by the composers themselves and other members of the big band, including Michael Lamb, Jamie Toms, Pete Tanton, Kieran Parnaby, Pawel Jedrzejewski and Guy Swinton.
GREG ABATE and THE PAUL EDIS TRIO
Greg Abate (Saxes and Flute) / Paul Edis (Keyboards) / Andy Champion (Bass) / Russ Morgan (Drums)
Greg Abate jazz saxophonist, flutist, composer continues as an International Jazz / Recording Artist with 225 days a year touring the globe. In the mid 70’s after finishing a four year program at Berklee College Of Music, Greg played lead alto for the Ray Charles Orchestra for 2 years.
In 1978 Greg formed his group Channel One which was a favourite in the New England area and from there had the opportunity to play tenor sax with the revived Artie Shaw Orchestra under leadership of Dick Johnson from 1986 to ’87. Following this experience Greg ventured out as post hard bop soloist playing Jazz Festivals, Jazz Societies and Jazz Clubs throughout the U.S. Canada and abroad, including most of Europe, UK, and Moscow and Georgia Russia.
It’s great to see Greg return to Newcastle to perform with Paul Edis and the first call rhythm section featuring Andy Champion and Russ Morgan. Previous Jazz North East concerts with Greg have sold out so advance booking is recommended!
“Greg Abate is an absolute powerhouse who will absolutely not let hard driving bebop die.
One of the most exciting players around today, Greg’s commitment to the music is total…” – W. Pickowitz, Jr. (The Jazz Messenger)
This concert is presented by Jazz North East in association with The Black Swan Bar and Venue at Newcastle Arts Centre
*advance price applies to tickets purchased up to one hour before advertised start time. Advance tickets available from The Jazz Cafe / Please note doors open 30 minutes prior to start times. Cafe service Tuesday-Saturday from 12 noon. Bar Service on event evenings. Not all events have wheelchair access. Contact venue in advance.