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As we all know there are no live gigs taking place in the immediate future. However, any links to jazz streaming that are deemed suitable - i.e. with a professional approach - will be considered for posting.

Friday, February 05, 2016

GINA SOUTHGATE @ Newcastle Arts Centre - ‘Woman Paints Music’ February 4.

(Review by Steve H/Photo courtesy of Mike Tilley)
Jazz North East’s second ‘Women Making Music’ series, following from their marvellously successful 2015 inaugural series, got off to a flying start with a solo exhibition by Gina Southgate entitled ‘Woman Paints Music’.  Gina’s art features paintings of Jazz gigs which are painted in situ during live performances. The majority of paintings on display are of musicians from the ‘Free’ jazz scene many of whom I have had the privilege of seeing in Newcastle over the last few years such as Laura Jurd, Rachel Musson, Trio Riot, The Necks and The Cookers.
However, I did spot a painting of Gregory Porter for those who prefer the more traditional artiste. Gina did a project with Hawthorn primary school in Elswick in 2014 and there is a series of these paintings on display too. She paints with acrylics on board and canvas and creates wonderful vibrant images full of colour and movement really evoking the true feel of the music.
All permutations of bands from solo performers to full orchestras are represented. My own particular favourite was of trombonist Dennis Rollins and I also particularly admired the monochromatic style works on paper, although it is really unfair to single out any one work as the exhibition as a whole is a wonderful celebration of the merging of two great art forms - jazz and painting. Whatever you do this month, make sure it includes a trip to this inspiring and fantastic show.   
Steve.
Exhibition, February 5 -  March 5(Admission free).

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