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Saturday, 10 March 2018

Jazz North Education Conference 6 June

From Nigel Slee at Jazz North

Passionate about jazz education? Come and join us on Wednesday 6th June at the University of Huddersfield for the Jazz  North's  6th annual Jazz Education conference. More details soon.

Here's a video from last year's conference at the Carriageworks in Leeds

Gateshead International Jazz Festival 6 -8 April

Tony Allen Fri 6 April 

Gateshead International Jazz Festival is back in April and will welcome some of the greatest jazz artists from around the globe at the three-day event. The UK’s biggest jazz festival held under one roof, fills four stages at Sage Gateshead from Friday 6 to Sunday 8 April 2018.

Headlining this year’s festival are Ruby Turner, Maceo Parker, Sun Ra Arkestra, Tony Allen's tribute to Art Blakey, Norma Winstone, Portico Quartet, The Chris Barber Band and Georgie Fame with The Guy Barker Big Band alongside many other jazz, funk and soul artists from across Europe and beyond.

Tickets :

Tuesday, 6 March 2018

DJazz - Durham's Jazz Festival 1-3 June

Zoë Gilby Duo
From Lance at Bebop Spoken here...

It’s back, June 1st, 2nd and 3rd, Durham City’s new jazz festival returns for a second year! Last year’s inaugural DJazz long-weekend festival made an instant impact and the good news is the event will once again take place in many of Durham’s finest, and quirkiest, venues beginning on Friday 1 June, running through ’til late Sunday 3 June. The prospect of a ‘flaming June’ feast of jazz whets the appetite as the current cold snap appears to be coming to an end.

Confirmed acts so far include Robocobra Quartet (they’ve already played Durham’s Empty Shop and Hoochie Coochie in Newcastle), Sloth Racket (a familiar sound on Tyneside), the Zoë Gilby Duo (making a quick return to Durham following last month’s fine Empty Shop debut), Shatner’s Bassoon (coming soon to Newcastle’s Jazz Café), the all-female Leeds-based J Frisco, and the similarly all-female Break Out Brass Band (coming soon to Newcastle’s Jazz Co-op).

DJazz: The Durham City Jazz Festival is a collaboration between At the Root, Empty Shop and Durham University Jazz Society.

Early bird tickets are available now, visit

Russell Corbett's Jazz in the North East listings: March

Mar 15 Riviera Quartet

Mar 8 Minnie Fraser Quartet Gosforth Civic Theatre, Newcastle NE3 3HD
Mar 9 Gerry Richardson Trio Gala Theatre, Durham DH1 1WA*
Mar 9 Treppenwitz Jazz Café, Newcastle NE1 5DW
Mar 10 Spacegong Jazz Co-op @ The Globe, Newcastle NE4 7AD
Mar 11 Alter Ego The Keys, Darlington DL3 7LX
Mar 11 Bold Big Band Dun Cow, Newcastle NE2 4RS
Mar 15 Riviera Quartet Jazz Café, Newcastle NE1 5DW
Mar 16 Giles Strong Trio Bishop Auckland Town Hall DL14 7NP*
Mar 16 James Harrison Trio Lit & Phil, Newcastle NE1 1SE*
Mar 16 Paul Edis Sextet Traveller’s Rest, Darlington DL3 7QF
Mar 18 Jason Isaacs Hoochie Coochie, Newcastle NE1 6SF
Mar 18 Alter Ego Jazz Co-op @ The Globe, Newcastle NE4 7AD
Mar 18 Zoë Gilby Quartet Black Bull, Blaydon NE21 4JJ
Mar 21 Rod Sinclair & Tom Fletcher The Vault, Hexham NE46 1XD*
Mar 22 MGB: Milne-Glendinning Band Jazz Co-op @ The Globe, Newcastle NE4 7AD
Mar 23 Jiannis Pavlidis Trio Jazz Café, Newcastle NE1 5DW
Mar 24 Dave Donohoe Band St Augustine’s Parish Centre, Darlington DL3 7TG*
Mar 25 Shaun Henderson Band Quakerhouse, Darlington DL3 7QF
Mar 27 Zoë Gilby Trio Fox Inn, Hexham NE46 3DB
Mar 28 Brief Encounter The Vault, Hexham NE46 1XD*
Mar 29 Alan Barnes & Dave Newton St Thomas Church Hall, Stanhope DL13 2UE
Mar 29 Dominic J Marshall Trio Jazz Co-op @ The Globe, Newcastle NE4 7AD
Mar 30 Alan Barnes & Dave Newton Wingates Village Institute NE65 8RW
Mar 30 Alan Law & Belinda Voshtina Jazz Café, Newcastle NE1 5DW

Scarborough jazz club March treats

Derrick Harris
Derrick Harris A guitarist with a clean, crisp style ‘inspired by the likes of Wes Montgomery and Grant Green but with a sound of his own’ (Scott Yanow), Derrick brings long experience as a soloist, accompanist and session player. With MG3. £4

Ben Crosland (bass), Steve Lodder (keyboards) and Steve Waterman (trumpet/ flugelhorn) are three musicians who, having worked at the top echelon of British jazz for decades, came together in 2004 to explore the possibilities of a group without drums. ‘The ensemble playing has the togetherness that only comes from top musicians who know each other well and think as one. Everything is clear and precise yet full of delicacy and feeling.’ (Dave Gelly, The Observer). Playing a mix of original compositions and choice standards, this will be a standout gig. £7 (£6 in

Martin Jones & Matt Smith
The return of the exciting, versatile and entertaining front line pairing of trumpet maestro Martin Jones and gutsy saxophonist Matt Smith, with MG3. £5

Tina Featherstone
One of our regular guests, saxophonist and clarinettist Tina is proud to call herself a Yorkshire lass. Tina plays a varied repertoire stretching from New Orleans to wellknown standards to Latin and modern jazz. With MG3. £4

For more details, go to our website: Doors at The Cask open 8.00pm.

Scarborough Jazz @ The Cask Inn  Cambridge Terrace, Scarborough, North Yorkshire YO11 2LQ tel 01723 500570

Alter Ego launch the Darlington Jazz Festival

Darlington Jazz Club is launching the 2018 Darlington Jazz Festival with a Jazz Club Special on Sunday 11 March. 

Alter Ego will perform at The Keys, 82 Skinnergate, Darlington DL3 7LX with live music from 6pm. Tickets £5 OTD.

Since their debut performance in 2008, Alter Ego have entertained audiences at many North East jazz venues and festivals. The group draw much of their material from the rich catalogue of original compositions created by the likes of Art Blakey's Jazz Messengers, Hank Mobley, and Miles Davis. The result is a stylistically varied programme including Up-tempo Swing, Hard Bop, Funk and Latin Jazz. The group's instrumentation allows for tightly structured arrangements, with harmonically rich ensemble passages, exciting rhythmic interplay and inventive improvised solos from all band members. Alter Ego features Dave Hignett (Trumpet/Flugelhorn), Keith Robinson (Alto), Niall Armstrong (Tenor/Flute), Andy Hawking (Keys), Ian Paterson (Bass) and Dave Francis (Drums)

Darlington Jazz Festival 2018 will run from 4 – 6 May 2018. The festival provides a platform for local and regional talent, whilst continuing to attract national artists prominent on today’s jazz scene.

Monday, 5 March 2018

Richard Galliano & Sylvain Luc at the Howard Assembly Room

Richard Galliano 24 March 

The legendary French accordionist Richard Galliano returns to the Howard Assembly Room on Saturday 24 March to bring the spirit of Paris’s wartime nightclubs into the heart of Leeds. One of the great accordionists of the modern era, Galliano is joined by the peerless jazz guitarist Sylvain Luc for a performance dedicated to the grande dame of French chanson: Édith Piaf.

The Guardian writes: ‘In his 30-year career, French accordion virtuoso Richard Galliano has done what Astor Piazzolla did for the tango – rescued a traditional music – in this case the French musette – from the grip of nostalgic cliche… placing it at the heart of modern, jazz-influenced European music.’

On his 2015 album La Vie en Rose, Galliano turned his attention to chanson, collaborating on a stunning set of the songs of Édith Piaf with Luc, whose own credentials include two duo recordings with Gypsy Jazz great Biréli Lagrène. Both extravagantly gifted improvisors, Galliano and Luc’s live performances of the Piaf repertoire are a must-see.

Looking ahead to April, the venue hosts legendary Fela Kuti drummer Tony Allen (Saturday 7 April) and hugely acclaimed young Blue Note trumpeter Ambrose Akinmusire (Saturday 28 April).

Tickets for all events at the Howard Assembly Room are available from the Box Office on 0844 848 2727 or online at