Blind Monk trio Nov 13thFrom Dave Clark-
"On Friday nights at the Jazz Cafe (www.jazzcafe-newcastle.co.uk) we often present national touring bands. That’s the case in November when we have five out–of– towners on offer including two – Blind Monk Trio and Manjula – selected this year by Jazz North for their Northern Line scheme.
First up on the November 6th is a night of classic jazz standards from Jo Harrop, a young London – based singer accompanied by the North East’s own “brilliant young pianist” (The Guardian), Paul Edis.
Blind Monk Trio from Liverpool on November 13th put a fresh spin on the sax/bass/drums format. With influences from the whole history of the genre blended with alternative rock and eastern European folk they present quirky original compositions along with some surprising arrangements of classic standards.
On the 20th November in a joint promotion with Jazz North East (www.jazzznortheast.com ), we host a special collaboration between “the utterly remarkable” (Brian Morton) Metamorphic – expanded from six to eight pieces – and the a cappella trio Røyst . Beginning with short ‘mini-sets’ by both bands the gig will mainly feature new material written for all eleven musicians.
Manjula on the 27th Npvember combines the haunting ambience of Vanessa Rani’s Indian vocal training, the rhythmic attack of jazz improvisation and a beautiful mix of sounds from around the globe.
All shows begin at 9.00pm (doors 8.30pm) excepting Metamorphic and Røyst which starts at 8.00pm (doors 7.30pm). Tickets for all gigs can be booked from the Cafe on 0191 222 9882. Tickets for Metamorphic and Røyst are also available from Reflex Records on 0191 222 9882 and online from www.seeetickets.com
In addition there are seven free admission events on offer : two “Tuesday Jams” at 8pm on the 3rd and 17th November ; four Saturday duo gigs featuring on the 7th Katy Trigger bass & Alan Law piano, on the 14th Belinda Voshtina vocals & Mark Williams guitar, on the 21st James Harrison keys & Anth Ord bass, and on the 28th Chris Jelly vibes & Peter Gilligan keys; and at 6pm on Friday 27th a launch event for the CD & DVD recorded at the Memorial Concert for Keith Morris.