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Today Saturday February 29

Afternoon

Jazz

Great North Big Band Jazz Festival - Park View Community Centre, Church Chare, Chester le Street DH3 3PZ.. Tel: 07958 302745. 12:00 noon. Open Section (senior) competition. (Winners’ concert - 7:00pm). £15.00. weekend ticket, £12.00. day ticket, £5.00. under 16. Day 2/3.

Tees Valley Jazzmen - Hammer & Pincers, Preston Lane, Preston-le-Skerne, Newton Aycliffe DL5 6JH. Tel: 01325 314873. 1:00pm. £2.00.

Evening

Keith Nichols w New Century Ragtime Orchestra - Caedmon Hall, Gateshead Library, Prince Consort Road, Gateshead NE8 4LN. 7:30pm. Tickets £15.00 from 0191 281 4011. Line-up includes guests Keith Nichols (piano, vocals) & Nick Ward (drums).

Mike Lovatt w Strictly Smokin’ Big Band - Sage Gateshead, St Mary’s Square, Gateshead Quays, Gateshead NE8 2JR. Tel: 0191 443 4461. 8:00pm. £14.70. Trumpet virtuoso w SSBB.

Mansion of Snakes - Cobalt Studios, Boyd St., Newcastle. 9:00pm. Donations. Cobalt’s Late Night Jazz Club. Band + DJ.

Blues/Funk/Soul

Red Hot Riot - Billy Bootleggers, Nelson St, Newcastle NE1 5AN. 9:00pm. Free.

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

Friday, December 27, 2019

Gigs of the Year 2019 - Chris K

I'll keep this to a top seven, reflecting the limited number of gigs I get to compared with fellow correspondents.  But what a wealth of first rate jazz even within a Tees - Tyne - Lake District triangle!   

Leaving aside fabulous performances by Paul Edis / Sage YMP's Jambone and Dave Hignett's brilliant Tyne Valley Youth Big Band of course (I'm biased), my pick of the year looks like this:

Daniel Herskedal brought his stunning new brand of Scandi melodic beauty to Sage Two in March.

By contrast, Kamasi Washington rolled into Sage One in May and smashed it with his Fists of Fury.

I counted myself lucky to marvel at Tigran (Sage Two, January) and Kurt Rosenwinkel (Northern Rock Festival Hall, Sage, September).

The Zoe Gilby and Andy Champion Duo played a brilliant short set in Sage Two in May, and the Tori Freestone Trio lit up Newcastle Arts Centre in June.

Finally, I enjoyed a delightful January evening at Zeffirellis in Ambleside, with the exciting young band Wandering Monster.
Chris Kilsby.

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