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Friday, September 13, 2019

Newcastle Festival of Jazz and Improvised Music 2019

(Press release by Wesley Stephenson)

It's with great pleasure that we announce this year's Newcastle Festival of Jazz and Improvised Music.

Welcome to the third edition where once again what a stunning range of events we have lined up highlighting the great diversity that Jazz and Improvisation have to offer.

As ever the Festival brings to the fore a range of exceptional Northern musicians alongside artists from the UK and many corners of the Globe.

Brodie West and Evan Cartwright join us from Toronto for a debut performance of their 'Ways' project featuring pianist Achim Kauffman from Germany, whilst 'ZU' bassist Massimo Pupillo drops in from Italy to join 'The Necks' percussionist Tony Buck from Australia. One of Denmark’s finest Julie Kjær presents her UK trio with John Edwards and Steve Noble alongside Alexander Hawkins playing solo, this double bill bringing representatives from two of the most progressive Jazz record labels Clean Feed and Intakt*. And of course 'the high priestess of psychedelic Arabic jazz’ British Bahraini brass player Yazz Ahmed is coming to Gosforth Civic Theatre.

Further debut performances come from 'Alembic' and 'Liber Musika' both brand new bands who have arranged new music in conjunction with the Sage Summer studios. French singer and now resident in North UK Francine Luce teams up with local bass legend Andy Champion for their first ever concert. An increase in new partnerships sees new venues including Ouseburn's Victoria Tunnels where Evan Parker will perform solo. 'Somersaults' join us on their nine date 'Numerology of Birdsong' album tour, and behind the scenes Manchester's Johnny Hunter will be staging a workshop with Paul Edis and the 'Early Bird Band'.

Three members of the 'Early Bird Band' will perform their Trio 'In Other Words' at Jazz Cafe, John Garner presents 'Charkie Parlour' and there's opportunity to catch rare solo guitar appearances from Bradley Johnston and Mark Williams, following an invitation from the festival Mark will perform some of his original trio compositions arranged for solo along with music from other artists.

Jazz Coop at The Globe bring Scottish pianist Richard Michael's 'History of Jazz Piano' to the mix, also from Scotland two members of the mighty 'Glasgow Improvisers' Orchestra' Raymond MacDonald and Jer Reid deliver a heady brew of sax and guitar Duo. Stuart Collingwood Trio host a late Sunday afternoon 'Jazz Social' at Charts and last but by no means least Sue Ferris presents her Quintet with some of Tyneside's most reputable musicians. 

Once again, we also welcome Andy Hamilton from Durham University to deliver a series of workshops around 'The Aesthetics of Imperfection'.

Wow… what a programme of events and packed weekend we're in for!

The festival would like to thank the Arts Council of England in helping support this ambitious project. We'd also like to thank all the musicians for their performances and the many venues and partners that all work to make this a great event in the year round calendar. 

We hope you enjoy the show!

Wesley Stephenson - Festival Producer

www.facebook.com/newcastlefestivalofjazzandimprovisedmusic


Thursday 3rd October

SOMERSAULTS + LIBER MUSIKA
The Black Swan Bar and Venue
Doors 7.30pm / £8 (£6 Concessions)


Friday 4th October

CHARKIE PARLOUR + ALEMBIC
The Literary and Philosophical Society
Doors 12.30pm /  £5

YAZZ AHMED'S 'ELECTRIC DREAMS'
Gosforth Civic Theatre
Doors 7.30pm / £12 (£10 Concessions)


Saturday 5th October

AESTHETICS OF IMPERFECTION: BSA WORKSHOP (Session 1)
Hosted by Andy Hamilton and Durham University the workshop will feature festival musicians and additional special guests
The Literary and Philosophical Society
Doors 9.30am / Free Entry On The Door

IN OTHER WORDS + FRANCINE LUCE SINGS with ANDY CHAMPION + BRADLEY JOHNSTON
The Jazz Cafe at Newcastle Arts Centre
Music Starts 1.00pm / Free Entry On The Door

RICHARD MICHAEL'S: PLAY JAZZ WORKSHOP
Sage Gateshead
Doors 1.45pm / £25 (£22.50 Jazz.Coop members)

EVAN PARKER - SOLD OUT!
Ouseburn Victoria Tunnel
Doors 4.45pm / £10

WAYS featuring ACHIM KAUFFMAN + MASSIMO PUPILLO and TONY BUCK + RAYMOND MACDONALD and JER REID
The Literary and Philosophical Society
Doors 6.30pm / £12 (£10 Concessions)

RICHARD MICHAEL'S 'HISTORY OF JAZZ PIANO'
The Globe
Doors 7.30pm / £10 (£7 Students)


Sunday 6th October

AESTHETICS OF IMPERFECTION: BSA WORKSHOP (Session 2)
Hosted by Andy Hamilton and Durham University the workshop will feature festival musicians and additional special guests
The Literary and Philosophical Society
Doors 9.30am / Free Entry On The Door

SUE FERRIS QUINTET + MARK WILLIAMS
The Jazz Cafe at Newcastle Arts Centre
Doors 1.00pm / Free Entry On The Door

'JAZZ SOCIAL' JAM SESSION with THE STUART COLLINGWOOD TRIO
Charts
Music Starts 4.00pm / Free Entry On The Door

EVAN PARKER + ALEXANDER HAWKINS + JOHN POPE + PAUL HESSION
The Literary and Philosophical Society
Doors 7.00pm / £12 (£10 Concessions)
*Replaces advertised concert by JULIE KJÆR + ALEXANDER HAWKINS

The Venues

The Black Swan Bar and Venue
69 Westgate Road - NE1 1SG
www.newcastle-arts-centre.co.uk
0191 222 9882 / admin@newcastle-arts-centre.co.uk
Age Restrictions: 14+ with under 18's accompanied by an adult
Accessibility: Assisted access for wheelchair users, contact venue for details
Travel: Any Bus and Metro to Central Station

The Literary and Philosophical Society
23 Westgate Road - NE1 1SE
www.litandphil.org.uk
Contact: 0191 232 0192 / library@litandphil.org.uk
Age Restrictions: 14+ with under 18's accompanied by an adult
Accessibility: Partly accessible for wheelchair users, contact venue for details 
Travel: Any Bus and Metro to Central Station

Gosforth Civic Theatre
Regent Farm Road - Gosforth - NE3 3HD
www.gosforthcivictheatre.co.uk
Contact: 0191 284 3700 /  info@gosforthcivictheatre.co.uk
Age Restrictions: 14+ with under 18's accompanied by an adult
Accessibility: Fully accessible for wheelchair users 
Travel: Regent Centre Metro and Bus Station is just across the road
A Blueline Taxi 0191 262 6666 from town will cost around £6.50 to £10 or you can get a taxi from Central Station but this will cost a little more

The Jazz Cafe at Newcastle Arts Centre
Black Swan Court - 69 Westgate Road - NE1 1SG
www.jazzcafe-newcastle.co.uk
Contact: 0191 222 9882 / admin@newcastle-arts-centre.co.uk
Age Restrictions: All ages with under 18's accompanied by an adult
Accessibility:  Contact venue for accessibility
Travel: Any Bus and Metro to Central Station
The Jazz Cafe also serve a range of food from 10.00am - 5.00pm Tuesday to Friday / 10.00am - 4.30pm Saturday / Light snacks available Sunday lunchtime

Sage
St Mary's Square - Gateshead Quays - NE8 2JR
www.sagegateshead.com
Contact: 0191 443 4661 / ticketoffice@sagegateshead.com
Accessibility: Fully accessible for wheelchair users
Travel: Metro to Gateshead Central or Quaylink Buses Q1, Q2 to Sage

Ouseburn Victoria Tunnel
Ouse Street - NE1 2PF
www.ouseburntrust.org.uk/Event/sounds-underground
0191 230 4210 / 0191 261 6596 / admin@ouseburntrust.org.uk
Age Restrictions: Under 16's must be accompanied by an adult
Accessibility:  Access for wheelchair users is available via the entrance and ramp leading to the performance area
Travel: 30- 40 minute walk from Central Station or Q1, Q3 Quaylink Bus from the Quayside to Ouseburn
A Blueline Taxi 0191 262 6666 from town will cost around £3.50 to £5.00 or you can get a taxi from Central Station but this will cost a little more

The Globe
11 Railway Street - NE4 7AD
www.theglobenewcastle.bar / www.jazz.coop
Contact: info@jazz.coop
Age Restrictions: 14+ with under 18's accompanied by an adult
Accessibility: Fully accessible venue for wheelchair users
Travel: Central Station Metro is about a 10 minute walk away and Buses 22, 32 to Scotswood Road

Charts
63 Quayside - NE1 3DX
www.pubculture.com/CHARTS
0191 3387989 / chartsnewcastle@pubculture.com
Age Restrictions: All ages are welcome
Accessibility: There is no wheelchair access and music is played in the middle room which involves two short flights of steps
Travel: Charts is located on the Quayside and accessible by foot or taxi from Central Newcastle
Charts also serve a range of food from 9.00am - 8.30pm every day

Please do contact the venues for full details regarding younger ages and for any further queries regarding accessibility

*Admission is generally possible through payment on the door subject to venue capacity and a concessionary rate is available to MU / NUS / OAP / Benefits for selected concerts


Travel and Accommodation

Most venues are located within walking distance from Newcastle Central Rail Station, Newcastle Central Metro Station and Newcastle Coach Station (for Gosforth Civic Theatre you can use Metro links to Regent Centre / for Sage you may prefer Metro links to Gateshead Central or Buses / for Victoria Tunnels you may prefer Taxi or Bus - reduce you costs and carbon footprint by sharing a taxi with other festival attendees) Newcastle Central Metro Station also carries direct links to and from Newcastle Airport with a journey time of around 25 minutes. There are also many local bus services, wherever you're coming from just head for Newcastle Central Station and you can find most venues quite easily. There are many hotels and hostels available at various prices many of which are also surrounding Newcastle Central Station, we recommend the 'Sleeperz Hotel' for good accommodation at a reasonable price.


Tickets

Tickets are available through links provided on event pages: 
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