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16221 (and counting) posts since we started blogging 16 years ago. 103 of them this year alone and, so far, 47 this month (Feb. 18).

From This Moment On ...

February 2024

Wed 21: Vieux Carré Jazzmen @ Cullercoats Crescent Club. 1:00pm. Free.
Wed 21: Darlington Big Band @ Darlington & Simpson Rolling Mills Social Club, Darlington. 7:00pm. Free. Rehearsal session (open to the public).
Wed 21: Take it to the Bridge @ The Globe, Newcastle. 7:30pm. Free.

Thu 22: Vieux Carré Jazzmen @ The Holystone, Whitley Road, North Tyneside. 1:00pm. Free.
Thu 22: Student Performances @ King’s Hall, Newcastle University. 4:00pm. Free. Inc. Remi Coulthard-Boardman (voice).
Thu 22: Crooners @ Darlington Hippodrome. 7:30pm. £30.00., £27.00., £24.00., £18.00.
Thu 22: Merlin Roxby @ Prohibition Bar, Newcastle. 8:00pm. Ragtime piano. A ‘Jar on the Bar’ gig.
Thu 22: Soznak @ The Schooner, South Shore Road, Gateshead. 8:00pm.
Thu 22: Tees Hot Club @ Dorman’s Club, Middlesbrough. 8:30pm. Guests Kevin Eland (trumpet); Josh Bentham (sax); Garry Hadfield (keys); Ron Smith (bass).

Fri 23: Mark Williams Trio @ The Gala, Durham. 1:00pm. £8.00.
Fri 23: Classic Swing @ Cullercoats Crescent Club. 1:00pm. Free.
Fri 23: Rendezvous Jazz @ The Monkseaton Arms. 1:00pm. Free.
Fri 23: New Orleans Preservation Jazz Band @ The Oxbridge Hotel, Stockton. 1:00pm. £5.00.
Fri 23: Salty Dog Trio @ The Greenhouse, Tynemouth. 7:00pm. £8.00. (£6.00. adv.).
Fri 23: Crooners @ The Maltings, Berwick upon Tweed. 7:30pm. £30.00., £28.00.
Fri 23: Strictly Smokin' Big Band w Dennis Rollins @ Glasshouse, Gateshead. 8:00pm.

Sat 24: NUJO Jazz Jam @ Cobalt Studios, Newcastle. 7:00pm (doors). Free (donations). A Newcastle University Jazz Orchestra event, all welcome.
Sat 24: Bradley Creswick’s Western Swingfonia @ Hexham Abbey, Hexham. 7:30pm. £15.00. A fundraiser for Hexham Abbey.
Sat 24: Papa G’s Troves @ Prohibition Bar, Newcastle. 8:00pm. A ‘Jar on the Bar’ gig.

Sun 25: Musicians Unlimited @ The Park Inn, Hartlepool. 1:00pm. Free.
Sun 25: More Jam @ The Globe, Newcastle. 2:30pm. Free.
Sun 25: 4B @ The Ticket Office, Whitley Bay Metro Station. 2:30pm. Free.
Sun 25: Lindsay Hannon: Tom Waits for No Man + Lee Maddison @ Laurels, Whitley Bay. 4:00pm (3:30pm doors). £11.00., £8.80. inc. bf. SOLD OUT!
Sun 25: Bex Burch + Rachel Musson @ The Globe, Newcastle. 8:00pm. £11.00. Two solo performances. JNE.
Sun 25: Jazz Jam @ Fabio's, Saddler St., Durham. 8:00pm. Free. A Durham University Jazz Society event. All welcome.

Mon 26: Harmony Brass @ Cullercoats Crescent Club. 1:00pm. Free.

Tue 27: Ruth Lambert Quartet @ The Black Swan, Newcastle. 8:00pm (7:00pm doors). £12.00., £10.00. (adv.).

Monday, February 12, 2024

(Press release) SNJO concert tour showcases top young Scots

The Scottish National Jazz Orchestra’s Nu-Age Sounds marks a major celebration of Scotland’s vibrantly exciting young jazz scene with performances in Dundee, Glasgow and Edinburgh from Friday 1st to Sunday 3rd March.

Conceived and produced by the orchestra’s artistic director, saxophonist Tommy Smith, the project brings together a cast of trailblazing musicians, each of them multiple award winners, with the internationally acclaimed SNJO and visual producer Dillon Barrie. 

Scottish Album of the Year 2022 winner and Mercury Music Prize nominee, pianist Fergus McCreadie, BBC Young Jazz Musician 2022, bassist Ewan Hastie, singer kitti, saxophonists Helena Kay and Matt Carmichael and trombonists Noushy and Liam Shortall, who has earned acclaim under the name corto.alto, are all contributing new music to the project. Smith has also orchestrated music by his band KARMA, whose debut album won the Album of the Year title at the Scottish Jazz Awards.

Watching as students from the jazz course he overseas at the Royal Conservatoire of Scotland have gone on to make an impression nationally and internationally, Smith decided to showcase this success and bring orchestral jazz, with its long history, to a young audience who might not have experienced this rich tradition before.

"As Fergus, Matt, Peter, Ewan, Noushy, and Liam were students of mine for four years at the RCS, I greatly respect and admire their musicianship and observe with amazement their blossoming careers,” says Smith. “Educating musicians of this calibre in harmony, composition, etc., was a joy, especially sharing my ideas in music business, which I taught throughout their four years. I am very proud of where they have all reached. It’s also great to have kitti and Helena onboard as they are very much part of Scotland’s thriving young jazz scene.” 

Noushy and kitti’s music is being arranged by Berlin-based saxophonist-composer-bandleader Fabia Mantwill and Ewan Hastie’s by pianist-composer Florian Ross, from Cologne. However, Fergus McCreadie, Helena Kay, Matt Carmichael and Liam Shortall are rising to the challenge orchestrating their own work to an international standard. Due to commitments with his popular trio, McCreadie will play his new composition, As the Mist Clears, on the first two concerts only. His place will be taken for the final concert by another award-winning pianist, former Young Scottish Jazz Musician of the Year and SNJO regular, Peter Johnstone.

Each piece of music will be accompanied by a video, created by Dillon Barrie and his team and projected on to the stage backcloth.

“Dillon, who I chose as a visual producer and social media guru of Nu-Age Sounds, is also a current student of mine at the RCS,” says Smith. “I've seen him really charge on, producing his successful Supersonic shows over the last three years. Dillon and his team, with Daisy Mulholland, Niki Zaupa, and Connor McGhie, will bring an illuminating vision for our artists and concertgoers."

For Smith, the concerts are a timely indication of the strength of jazz in Scotland. A scene has grown up around the RCS jazz course in Glasgow and there are talented young musicians emerging across the country.

“I am confident that Nu-Age Sounds will be a standout tour for the SNJO’s ever-growing audience,” says Smith. “It's also vital for the orchestra to embrace the younger audience and adopt a new focus on future sounds and fusions, widening our musical horizons.”

Nu-Age Sounds tours to Dundee Rep Theatre on Friday 1st March, the Old Fruitmarket, Glasgow on Saturday 2nd March and the Queen’s Hall, Edinburgh on Sunday 3rd March.

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