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Artie Shaw: “I'm not interested in giving people what they want--I'm interested in making music.” – (DownBeat October 15, 1939).

Jason Marsalis: “There's so many places that this music can go and there's a lot yet to be discovered.'” – (DownBeat April 2018)

Today Saturday March 17


Rat Pack - Live from Las Vegas @ Sunderland Empire, High St West, Sunderland SR1 3EX. 2:30pm. Featuring Rat Pack Big Band & Burrelli Sisters.


KOAN 7 - the Globe, Railway Street, Newcastle NE4 7AD. 7:00pm. £5.00. (£4.00. concs). ‘Form and Space’ ‘An evening of free improvisation and original composition’. Line-up includes John Pope (solo improvised set).

Rat Pack - Live from Las Vegas @ Sunderland Empire, High St West, Sunderland SR1 3EX. 7:30pm. Featuring Rat Pack Big Band & Burrelli Sisters.

Boys of Brass - Brandling Villa, Haddricks Mill Road, South Gosforth, Newcastle NE3 1QL. 9:00pm. Free.

Ben Cipolla - Great Broughton Village Hall, Ingleby Road, Great Broughton, Cleveland TS9 7ER. 7:30pm. Tickets: £12.50 from 01642 712176.

Gilded Thieves - Billy Bootleggers, Nelson St, Newcastle NE1 5AN. 9:00pm. Free.

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st of our knowledge, details of the above events are correct but may be subject to alteration.

Tuesday, April 05, 2016

International Jazz Artists play The Jazz Cafe Friday April 15: Free Admission

The Jazz Café team are delighted to announce a free admission duo performance downstairs in The Café on the Friday of the Sage International Jazz Festival weekend  in association with Gateshead International Jazz Festival and Jazz North East.
Friday, April 15, at 9.00pm – Michel Reis (piano) and Stefan Karl Schmid (tenor & soprano saxophones and clarinet) – Admission Free.
Michel Reis and Stefan Karl Schmid are one-half of the Michel Reis Quartet which is on Tyneside at this time to appear in concert in a double bill with John Law’s New Congregation in the Gateshead International Jazz Festival at Sage Gateshead at 2.30pm on Saturday, April 16.
Luxembourg – born Michel Reis, having completed his music studies at Berklee College of Music in Boston and at the New England Conservatory, bases himself partly in New York and partly in his home country. In Europe, he leads three bands. In the Quartet which comes to Gateshead he is joined by three outstanding players from Germany and of this group he writes that he “always strives to build atmospheres which go deep into lyrical dimensions, yet having still the full rhythmic energy of a modern jazz group, where composition and spontaneous improvisation take the listeners on an emotional journey.” We might expect something of this approach to inform his duo performance with Stefan Karl Schmid.
Michel Reis has made one previous appearance in Newcastle with his Luxembourg trio, Reis/ Demuth/Wiltgen, an unforgettable one in this writer’s opinion. His third group, The Paris Quartet, is made up entirely of stellar French jazz musicians and focuses on the music of Maurice Ravel and Claude Debussy arranged for jazz quartet by Reis.
Michel Reis is a Steinway Artist. “Michel Reis is a very exceptional pianist and composer.” Joe Lovano.
Mike Tilley, Dave Clarke & The Jazz Café Team

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Bebop Spoken Here -- Here, being the north-east of England -- centred in the blues heartland of Newcastle and reaching down to the Tees Delta and looking upwards to the Land of the Kilt.
Not a very original title, I know; not even an accurate one as my taste, whilst centred around the music of Bird and Diz, extends in many directions and I listen to everything from King Oliver to Chick Corea and beyond. Not forgetting the Great American Songbook the contents of which has provided the inspiration for much great jazz and quality popular singing for round about a century.
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