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Saturday, May 23, 2015

Snarky Puppy’s Bill Laurance Hits Sage Gateshead!

(Preview by Russell)
This Tuesday (26 May) Snarky Puppy’s killer rhythm section hits Sage Gateshead. Led by Londoner Bill Laurance, the trio will be on stage in Hall Two with the Netherlands’ world-famous Metropole Orchestra. Laurance (keyboards) is touring Swift, his new CD from the ‘Bill Laurance Project’ featuring Snarky Puppy’s co-founder Michael League (bass) and super-tight drummer Robert ‘Sput’ Searight.
Snarky Puppy’s sensational debut appearance in Hall Two at Sage Gateshead continues to be the talk of the town. The 2014 show attracted a sell-out crowd with level one a sea of dancing bodies. Fans on the upper levels hung over balconies in a state of delirium. The Brooklyn boys certainly put on a show! Grammy Award-winning Laurance swoops into the UK to play six dates and Sage Gateshead on Tuesday is one of them. The European leg of the tour has attracted full houses, so, to be certain of getting into Tuesday’s gig, a quick phone call to Sage Gateshead’s ticket office should be your number one priority – 0191 443 4661.
The Metropole Orchestra formed in the immediate post-WWII years in a public funding arrangement with Netherlands Public Broadcasting (somewhat analogous to the BBC’s Concert Orchestra) rapidly earning a reputation for first class ensemble performances. A now-legendary guest artiste roll of honour includes such luminaries as Ella, Dizzy, Stan Getz (they would have graced Sage Gateshead!) and today’s stars Laura Mvula, Gregory Porter and Chris Potter. Tour publicity sums up Laurance’s sound: a deep groove under flowing classical melodies. The Metropole outfit is able to adapt to any given project; the orchestra boasts international-class string players and brass and woodwind sections with jazz cats straining at the leash. The orchestra has had many distinguished MDs including a lengthy association with Vince Mendoza. The Snarky Puppy guys will brew up a storm and with a full-scale orchestra to play with (in the fun sense) the NYC groove merchants could well top last year’s triumphant Sage Gateshead gig.
Jazz fan? Classical buff? Cross-over appeal? Adventurous? Curious? It’s looking like a Hall Two sell-out (s/he who hesitates…)! Book now, contact Sage Gateshead to be sure of your ticket for the Bill Laurance Project (Tuesday 26 May) – 0191 443 4661.             
Russell.           

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