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In the current climate we are doing our best to keep everyone up to date. All gigs, as we all know, are off.

However, good old YouTube has plenty to offer both old and new to help us survive whilst housebound. Plus now is a good time to stock up on your CDs.

Also, keep an eye out for live streaming sessions.

Alternatively, you could do as they do in Italy and sing from your balcony.

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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.

Thursday, June 08, 2017

Tunde Jegede:'Testimony'. Concert and two workshops - July 12 & 13

The Jazz Cafe in collaboration with Waka Waka Africa is proud to present a solo concert, the “Tunde Jegede Testimony Tour : 21 Concerts in 21 Cities” at 8pm on Wednesday 12th July in the Black Swan Bar and Venue, Newcastle Arts Centre, 69 Westgate Road, Newcastle upon Tyne NE1 1SG.
Tunde Jegede is an internationally renowned kora (African harp) player, cellist and composer whose remarkable music bridges African and European musical traditions. 
There will be a short support set of songs from a young, local singer,Victor Yugire and Tunde will also be giving two music workshops.
Tunde Jegede grew up in London where his Nigerian father was artist in residence at the Keskidee Centre, Britain’s first Black Arts Centre, and where Tunde encountered a range of artists and activists including Bob Marley, Linton Kwesi Johnson and Angela Davis. In the Gambia as a child he studied the kora and the ancient Griot traditions of West Africa; in London he studied the cello and western composition.
In addition to work with classical orchestras he composes for film, theatre, dance, opera and music theatre productions. He has also worked with former members of the Jazz Warriors and writes for vocalists in the pop, R‘N’B, Reggae and Hip Hop fields.
WORKSHOPS
Workshop # 1 - Wednesday 12th from 6pm to 7pm in the Black Swan. An introduction to the Kora  (West African Harp) and the Griot tradition dating back to the 13th century. Workshop and talk for students, musicians and members of the public. £10.00.
Workshop # 2 – Thursday 13th from 10.30am to 12.00 / 12.30 in the Jazz Cafe, 25-27 Pink Lane NE1 5DW. A creative music workshop for musicians and students of music. An exploration on composition from an African perspective. This workshop is for people of mixed musical abilities and instruments as long as they are able to bring their own. There is no age restriction for this workshop but numbers are restricted to 20.  £15.00
 Admission to both workshops for a discount of £20.00
Advanced booking is necessary for the workshops since space is restricted. Tickets for both the workshops and the concert are on sale at The Jazz Cafe from noon on Tuesdays to Saturdays Tel. 0191 222 9882. When booking for a workshop a phone number or email address should be left.
Tickets for the concert, priced £8.00 advance / £7.00 Under 18’s (£10.00 on the door) are also on sale online at www.jazzcafe-newcastle.co.uk.
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