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16462 (and counting) posts since we started blogging 16 years ago. 342 of them this year alone and, so far, 54 this month (May 18).

From This Moment On ...


Sat 18: Anth Purdy @ The Links, Blyth. 12:30-1:00pm. Free. ‘Blyth Battery: Blyth Goes to War Weekend’.
Sat 18: Jam session @ The Black Swan, Newcastle. 7:00-9:00pm. Free. Celebrating ‘10 years of the Jazz Jam!’. House trio: Alan Law, Paul Grainger, Tim Johnston. A Late Shows event.
Sat 18: SH#RP Collective @ Holy Name Parish Church Hall, Jesmond, Newcastle. 7:00-9:00pm. Tickets: £15.00. Bar available, BYO snacks. A Jesmond Community Festival event. All proceeds to Kabuyanda Charity (Ugandan health care).
Sat 18: Abbie Finn Trio @ The Vault, Darlington. 7:00pm. Free. Abbie Finn, Harry Keeble & Andy Champion.
Sat 18: Red Kites Jazz @ Staithes Café, Autumn Drive, Gateshead. 7:30pm.
Sat 18: Alligator Gumbo @ The Witham, Barnard Castle. 7:30pm.
Sat 18: Rockin’ Turner Brothers @ Prohibition Bar, Newcastle. 8:00pm. A ‘Jar on the Bar’ gig.
Sat 18: Papa G’s Amigos special summer Latin set @ The Schooner, Gateshead NE8 3AF. 9:00pm. Free.
Sat 18: Late Night Special with Ruth Lambert & special guests @ The Black Swan, Newcastle. 10:00pm-midnight. £5.00. (booking essential). Lambert & surprise jam session guests from down the years.

Sun 19: BTS Trombone Day @ Mark Hillery Arts Centre, Collingwood College, Durham University DH1 3LT. 11:00am-5:00pm. Free to British Trombone Society members (£10.00. & £5.00. to non-members). Recitals, workshops and mass blows.
Sun 19: Anth Purdy @ The Links, Blyth. 12:30-1:00pm. Free. ‘Blyth Battery: Blyth Goes to War Weekend’.
Sun 19: Women Play Jazz! workshop @ The Globe, Newcastle. 1:30pm. £25.00. Tutor: Andrea Vicari. Enquiries:
Sun 19: 4B @ The Ticket Office, Whitley Bay. 3:00pm. Free. Sun 19: Ransom Van @ Prohibition Bar, Newcastle. 7:00pm. A ‘Jar on the Bar’ gig.
Sun 19: Tweed River Jazz Band @ Barrels Ale House, Berwick. 7:00pm. Free.
Sun 19: Andrea Vicari Trio @ The Globe, Newcastle. 8:00pm.

Mon 20: Harmony Brass @ the Crescent Club, Cullercoats. 1:00pm. Free.
Mon 20: Michael Young Trio @ The Engine Room, Sunderland. 6:00-8:00pm. Free. Opus de Funk: Horace Silver.
Mon 20: Joe Steels-Ben Lawrence Quartet @ The Black Bull, Blaydon. 8:00pm. £8.00.

Tue 21: Jam session @ The Black Swan, Newcastle. 7:30pm. Free. House trio: Alan Law, Paul Grainger, John Bradford.

Wed 22: Vieux Carré Jazzmen @ Cullercoats Crescent Club. 1:00pm. Free.
Wed 22: Alice Grace Vocal Masterclass @ The Glasshouse, Gateshead. 6:00pm. Free.
Wed 22: Darlington Big Band @ Darlington & Simpson Rolling Mills Social Club, Darlington. 7:00pm. Free. Rehearsal session (open to the public).
Wed 22: Take it to the Bridge @ The Globe, Newcastle. 7:30pm. Free.
Wed 22: Daniel Erdmann’s Thérapie de Couple @ The Glasshouse, Gateshead. 8:00pm.

Thu 23: Vieux Carré Jazzmen @ The Holystone, Whitley Road, North Tyneside. 1:00pm. Free.
Thu 23: Gateshead Jazz Appreciation Society @ Gateshead Central Library, Gateshead. 2:30pm.
Thu 23: Castillo Nuevo Trio @ Revoluçion de Cuba, Newcastle. 5:30pm. Free.
Thu 23: Immortal Onion + Rivkala @ Cobalt Studios, Newcastle. 7:00pm.
Thu 23: The Doris Day Story @ Phoenix Theatre, Blyth. 7:30pm.
Thu 23: Tees Hot Club @ Dorman’s Club, Middlesbrough. 8:30pm. Guests: Jeremy McMurray (keys); Dan Johnson (tenor sax); Donna Hewitt (alto sax); Bill Watson (trumpet); Adrian Beadnell (bass).

Fri 24: Hot Club du Nord @ The Gala, Durham. 1:00pm. £8.00. SOLD OUT!
Fri 24: Classic Swing @ Cullercoats Crescent Club. 1:00pm. Free.
Fri 24: Rendezvous Jazz @ The Monkseaton Arms. 1:00pm. Free.
Fri 24: New Orleans Preservation Jazz Band @ The Oxbridge Hotel, Stockton. 1:00pm. £5.00.
Fri 24: Swannek + support @ Hoochie Coochie, Newcastle. Time TBC.

Monday, June 26, 2023

Jazz North announces bursary scheme for promoters to programme emerging northern jazz artists

(Press release): Jazz North announces its latest support scheme, New Northern, and invites northern promoters to apply for bursaries up to £500

The bursaries will support fees and costs for grassroots emerging artists and support acts

After the success of two schemes which awarded £10,000 to promoters, educators and artists across the North of England, Jazz North has relaunched its promoter bursary support under a new heading, New Northern

The new scheme, which will award 10 promoters bursaries of up to £500, is designed to support live performance of emerging talent in the North of England. 

As a direct impact of COVID and the Cost of Living crisis, Jazz North has seen promoters and artists have their budgets squeezed at both ends. Quite often, the result of this is no support acts or no fees for these artists. 

Jazz North’s Programme Manager, Heather Spencer, says: 

“Jazz North wants to see a thriving scene where artists are paid fairly for their work and are given those vital early career opportunities to hone their live performance skills. 

“Promoters are essential to developing grassroots scenes and these cash injections will support them as they continue to make an essential contribution to northern clubs and venues.” 

All programmers are eligible to apply for the bursaries whether they be voluntary or professional, small clubs, festivals or venues. The funds can be spent on programming and any related costs for artist fees, travel, accommodation, production costs or marketing to help promoters develop emerging jazz artists as part of their ongoing work.

Lubi Jovanovic, Promoter of Jazzland Sessions at Leeds’ Brudenell Social Club, received £500 to support his work in 2021. He says:

“The funding helped me get my business back up and running, helped me get local musicians back to work and all this without hitting people coming to the show too hard in the pocket. Win-win-win situation. 

“Two years on, I've promoted well over one hundred shows giving work to several hundred musicians as well as sound engineers, box office people, graphic designers, piano tuners, show reps and photographers. 

“Proof that funding grass roots music, even if it's small sums of money, can and does work.”

Past recipients of the promoter bursary scheme include ParrJazz, TUSK, Ouroboros @ The Cresent Community Venue, Scarborough Jazz, Lancaster Jazz Festival, NQ Jazz, Burton Agnes Jazz & Blues Festival, The Globe & The Milton Rooms at Malton. 

In addition to the bursaries awarded to promoters, artists who are programmed through the support scheme will be given access to Jazz North’s Emerging Artists’ Toolkit and invited to join a dedicated Emerging Artists’ Online Forum in March 2024 where they will receive business and networking advice from the Jazz North team. Promoters are free to programme whichever band they choose within Jazz North’s recommended criteria. 

On the launch of the scheme, Jazz North CEO, Chris Bye, commented:

“Promoters are the absolute backbone of the northern jazz ecology and Jazz North has a long history of strong support for this essential aspect of our ecology. As we all know, the pandemic had a catastrophic impact on the live music sector and the cost of living crisis continues to represent a significant challenge for those putting on the shows we love. Building on the popularity and success of our previous bursaries, the Jazz North team are proud to announce this new round of support.”

Applications are open from 11am on Monday 26th June and close at 12 noon on Monday 24th July. 

For more information and to apply now, visit:

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