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16476 (and counting) posts since we started blogging 16 years ago. 356 of them this year alone and, so far, 68 this month (May 24).

From This Moment On ...

May

Sun 26: Tyne Valley Youth Big Band @ The Sele, Hexham. 12:30pm. Free. A Northumberland Jazz Festival event.
Sun 26: Bellavana @ Spanish City Plaza, Whitley Bay. 1:00pm. Whitley Bay Carnival (outdoor stage).
Sun 26: Musicians Unlimited @ Jackson’s Wharf, Hartlepool. 1:00pm. Free.
Sun 26: Alice Grace @ The Sele, Hexham. 1:30pm. Free. Alice Grace w. Joe Steels, Paul Susans & John Hirst.
Sun 26: Bryony Jarman-Pinto @ Queen’s Hall, Hexham. 3:00pm. A Northumberland Jazz Festival event.
Sun 26: Ruth Lambert Trio @ The Juke Shed, North Shields. 3:00pm. Free.
Sun 26: 4B @ The Ticket Office, Whitley Bay. 3:00pm. Free.
Sun 26: Clark Tracey Quintet @ Queen’s Hall, Hexham. 6:00pm. A Northumberland Jazz Festival event.
Sun 26: Saltburn Big Band @ Saltburn Community Hall. 7:30pm.
Sun 26: Ruth Lambert Quartet @ The Globe, Newcastle. 8:00pm.
Sun 26: SARÃB @ The Glasshouse, Gateshead. 8:00pm.

Mon 27: Harmony Brass @ Cullercoats Crescent Club. 1:00pm. Free.

Tue 28: Bold Big Band @ The Black Swan, Newcastle. 8:00pm.

Wed 29: Vieux Carré Jazzmen @ Cullercoats Crescent Club. 1:00pm. Free.
Wed 29: Darlington Big Band @ Darlington & Simpson Rolling Mills Social Club, Darlington. 7:00pm. Free. Rehearsal session (open to the public).
Wed 29: Jazz Night @ The Tannery, Hexham. 7:00-9:00pm. Free. The first night of a new jam session!
Wed 29: Take it to the Bridge @ The Globe, Newcastle. 7:30pm. Free.

Thu 30: Vieux Carré Jazzmen @ The Holystone, Whitley Road, North Tyneside. 1:00pm. Free.
Thu 30: Merlin Roxby @ Prohibition Bar, Newcastle. 8:00pm. Ragtime piano. A ‘Jar on the Bar’ gig.
Thu 30: Tees Hot Club @ Dorman’s Club, Middlesbrough. 8:30pm. Guests Josh Bentham (sax); Neil Brodie (trumpet); Garry Hadfield (keys); Adrian Beadnell (bass);

Fri 31: Classic Swing @ Cullercoats Crescent Club. 1:00pm. Free.
Fri 31: Rendezvous Jazz @ The Monkseaton Arms. 1:00pm. Free.
Fri 31: New Orleans Preservation Jazz Band @ The Oxbridge Hotel, Stockton. 1:00pm. £5.00.
Fri 31: Castillo Nuevo Trio @ Revoluçion de Cuba, Newcastle. 5:30pm. Free.
Fri 31: Borealis @ The Witham, Barnard Castle. 7:30pm. CANCELLED!
Fri 31: Redwell @ Prohibition Bar, Newcastle. 8:00pm. A ‘Jar on the Bar’ gig.

June

Sat 01: Enrico Tomasso’s Swing Company @ St Augustine's Parish Centre, Darlington. 12:30pm. Darlington New Orleans Jazz Club.
Sat 01: Play More Jazz! workshop @ The Globe, Newcastle. 1:30pm. Tutor: Steve Glendinning.
Sat 01: Hop, Skiffle & Jump: The Story of Skiffle @ 1719, Hendon, Sunderland. 6:00-9:00pm.
Sat 01: Lindsay Hannon’s Tom Waits for No Man @ Dry Water Arts, Amble. 7:00pm. £15.00.
Sat 01: John Garner & John Pope @ Victoria Tunnel, Ouseburn, Newcastle. 7:00pm.
Sat 01: Milne-Glendinning Band @ Prohibition Bar, Newcastle. 8:00pm. A ‘Jar on the Bar’ gig.

Thursday, February 06, 2020

Award Winning Jazz Composer and Clarinettist Arun Ghosh to Perform in Middlesbrough This February

(Press release)

Twice winner of ‘Jazz Instrumentalist of the Year’, Arun Ghosh is set to return to the North East for a one-off show on Teesside this month.

The British-Asian clarinettist will bring his signature fusion of jazz, rock, folk and South Asian music to Middlesbrough Town Hall on Sunday the 16th February as part of the venue’s ambitious jazz programme, Sunday Jazz in the Crypt.

The fifth instalment of the monthly afternoon event brings together some of the leading lights of the Northern jazz scene. Arun Ghosh hails from Bolton and rose to prominence in the jazz venues of Manchester. Supporting Ghosh are two North East based ensembles; the award-winning Tyneside band, Archipelago and the celebrated trio fronted by Newcastle guitarist Mark Williams.
Ghosh is widely regarded as a leading innovator of the modern Indo-Jazz genre, captivating audiences with his passionate style, melodic outpourings and freewheeling improvisations.

Described by the iconic Sitar-player Ravi Shankar as “a natural born improviser”, Ghosh’s intensely charged clarinet-playing is propelled by driving drums, hypnotic basslines and psychedelic keyboard textures.

Joining Arun Ghosh is the genre-blending trio, Archipelago. Having toured extensively across the UK, including a slot at Latitude Festival on the BBC Introducing stage, the trio have made a name for themselves for their live performances, taking their audiences on a journey through chaos, freedom, darkness and joy.

The Mark Williams Trio utilise loops and effects to create a unique sound drawing influences from such genres as jazz, rock, blue and metal.

Lead Programmer and Founder of Gateshead International Jazz Festival Ros Rigby commented:

“February 16th’s Sunday Jazz is a real celebration of musical talent from the North of England.  Conceived in Calcutta, but having grown up in Bolton and Manchester, Arun Ghosh draws on his musical heritage to create accessible and emotional music with a mesmerising performance style. 

“His group is joined by two bands from the vibrant Newcastle jazz scene; guitarist Mark Williams and his trio and Archipelago, led by saxophonist Faye McCalman with John Pope on bass and Christian Anderson on drums.”

Sunday Jazz in The Crypt Featuring Arun Ghosh, Archipelago and Mark Williams Trio will take place at Middlesbrough Town Hall on Sunday 16th February 2020. All under 14s must be accompanied by an adult.

Tickets can be purchased for £12 (plus booking fee) and are available to purchase online via the following link: 

For more information about Middlesbrough Town Hall and their other events visit: 

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