Our Jazz Cafe Programme, Bar & Cafe has moved to our bigger and better home at Newcastle Arts Centre and The Black Swan Venue Bar. See our News Page for more information.
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.
Admission is generally possible through payment on the door subject to venue capacity
Afternoon Jazz: Pannonica (Zoe Gilby & Paul Edis) – The Jazz Cafe Mezzanine
This compelling tribute is sensitively delivered with character and exhilarating improvisation by Paul Edis on Piano and Zoe Gilby’s unique vocal phrasing, a distinctive deep understanding and appreciation of Monk and McRae’s work is the highlight of this exceptional project.
Zoe details this performance with an informative, fascinating time line of Thelonious and Carmen’s career including the story behind ‘Pannonica’ written in honour of the Jazz Baroness, patron of bebop, Kathleen Annie Pannonica de Koenigswarter.
Tuesday Jam – Black Swan Bar
- Tuesday 1st October
- 8 pm
Stu Collingwood (piano) Paul Grainger (bass) Tim Johnston (drums)
Newcastle Festival of Jazz and Improvised Music presents Somersaults +Liber Musika at The Black Swan Bar & Venue
Somersaults is the improvising Trio of Olie Brice (Double Bass), Tobias Delius (Tenor & Clarinet) and Mark Sanders (Drums). They play exciting, playful free jazz ranging from driving loose swing and tumbling polyphony to abstract noise and textural exploration. The bands appearance at ‘Newcastle Festival of Jazz and Improvised Music’ forms part of their nine date UK album tour.
Bassist and composer John Pope debuts a newly devised series of pieces, touching on free improvisation, chamber music, minimalism and jazz. Inspired by the work of AACM radicals like Anthony Braxton, Roscoe Mitchell and Wadada Leo Smith, performed by a new drummerless quartet of agile and adventurous musicians, LIBER MUSIKA is an exercise in space and form, rhythm and melody, texture and abstraction. A bracing experiment in sound poetry from one of the North East’s most curious musical creatives.
Newcastle Festival of Jazz and Improvised Music presents IN OTHER WORDS + FRANCINE LUCE SINGS with ANDY CHAMPION + BRADLEY JOHNSTON at The Jazz Cafe Mezzanine
- Saturday 5th October
- 1 pm
‘In Other Words’ are Faye Thompson (Reeds), Nathan Lawson (Guitar), and Dylan Thompson (Drums). Playing a wide variety of jazz tunes, both classic and new, as well as their own take on modern hits, this Newcastle based youth jazz trio have been the subject of wide acclaim from figures in the local jazz scene. Playing with a maturity and sophistication beyond their years, sold out shows and a 12 track traditional jazz album already under their belts, these three teens are poised for a bright musical future…
FRANCINE LUCE SINGS with ANDY CHAMPION
Francine Luce Sings with Andy Champion – One Voice One Bass – World Premiere
Unique, distinctive, innovative sounds of bass and voice to create a new venture linking groove and jazz with free improvisation. Francine is highly acclaimed for her artistry in redefining the voice – using it as a versatile instrument. Francine is joined by Andy Champion, a central figure in the North East jazz scene for the last decade working extensively in the UK and abroad as a bassist for small groups and jazz orchestras.Francine and Andy can also to be heard at Marsden Jazz Festival on 12th October 2019.
Bradley presents a programme of music by some of the most influential solo guitar masters – taking you on a musical journey from Eddie Lang and Django Reinhardt, through Joe Pass and Louis Stewart, to Pat Metheny. This programme will also include some of Brad’s original compositions and arrangements.
Newcastle Festival of Jazz and Improvised Music presents SUE FERRIS QUINTET + MARK WILLIAMS at The Jazz Cafe Mezzanine
- Sunday 6th October
- 1 pm
Sue Ferris Quintet: Sue Ferris (Saxophone) / Graham Hardy (Trumpet and Flugelhorn) / Paul Edis (Piano) / Paul Susans (Double Bass) / Rob Walker (Drums)
Mark Williams (Guitar)
Afternoon Jazz: Dulcie May Moreno & Stephen Bridgland – Jazz Cafe Mezzanine
With a shared love of Jazz, Blues and improvisation this pair have been well matched for over five years, notably performing at Ronnie Scotts, Pizza Express, The Southbank Centre and even twice in recent years at Newcastles Jazz Co-Op, as a Quartet. Join us for the rare chance to hear a stripped down intimate performance from the pair.
Tuesday Jam – Black Swan
- Tuesday 15th October
- 8 pm
Afternoon Jazz: Lindsay Hannon & Mark Williams- Jazz Cafe Mezzanine
- Wednesday 23rd October
- 1 pm
Stetson Five at The Jazz Cafe Mezzanine
- Thursday 24th October
- 1 pm
Tuesday Jam – The Black Swan
- Tuesday 29th October
- 8 pm
Afternoon Jazz: Alice Grace & Paul Edis- Jazz Cafe Mezzanine
Alice Grace is a British jazz singer whose career began touring with established UK jazz big band The National Youth Jazz Orchestra and guest singing with the James Pearson Trio at the famous Ronnie Scott’s Jazz Club. Alice sang with a variety of jazz and soul ensembles performing at prestigious venues such as The Southbank Centre, The Barbican and the Royal Albert Hall in London, as well as more intimate jazz venues across the UK and Europe, sharing the stage with some of her biggest jazz influences; Norma Winstone, Jacqui Dankworth, Cleveland Watkiss and Pete Churchill.
Described as ‘a brilliant young pianist’ (Alyn Shipton, The Guardian) Paul Edis is a performer, composer, educator and promoter based in the North East England. In 2019, Paul has been given the title of Associate Artist for Sage Gateshead. He has been commissioned to write a new work for a collaboration between leading youth ensembles Young Sinfonia and Jambone. Paul also promotes successful jazz concert series in Durham and Newcastle, and has been director of the Ushaw Jazz Festival since 2016.
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.