Kris Bowers - Sat 16 April
The 12th Gateshead International Jazz Festival is back next month between 15-17 April. New Orleans trumpeter Terence Blanchard shares a Saturday night double bill with Courtney Pine & Zoe Rahman. Blanchard is a five time GRAMMY winning trumpeter, bandleader and composer who first emerged as a member of Art Blakey’s Jazz Messengers in the 80s. British saxophonist and festival favourite Courtney Pine returns to perform the opening set accompanied only pianist, Zoe Rahman. In a programme of favourite ballads that range far and wide, from Duke Ellington to Chaka Khan, this is chamber jazz of the highest quality.
There’s a lot more to discover at this year’s festival including acclaimed jazz experimenter and legendary improviser Evan Parker, returning festival favourite Cuban jazz pianist Roberto Fonseca and award-winning jazz, gospel, blues and soul singing sensation Gregory Porter. World jazz is covered by the eclectic sound of French trumpeter Ibrahim Maalouf and up and coming New York based pianist Kris Bowers whose music combines jazz with hip hop, RnB, electronic, rock and all points in between.
The full line-up is at sagegateshead.com/gijf.