Preston – Glasgow – Lowe
Dave Clarke writes...
One year on from its re-launch in December 2013 the refurbished Jazz Café on Newcastle’s Pink Lane continues to present regular live jazz on Fridays and Saturdays and most Tuesdays. More often than not the bands are drawn from among the cream of our own region’s talent.
***For those interested in the history of the Jazz Cafe in Pink Lane by the way check out Duncan Davis's tribute to his friend Keith Crombie who started the jazz club there and who died in 2012 called simply "Crombie" vimeo.com/57753560***
The Friday evenings kick off a special week of performance with the region's favourite piano trio
on Friday 5th December 8.00 pm the Paul Edis Trio £5.00 entry.
During the three weeks straddling this anniversary of the venue the Café will be welcoming three bands from Leeds, Manchester and London and one and a solo pianist from mainland Europe.
Together the bands are proof positive that contemporary jazz is being created and played by musicians from the younger generation. Also that the name “Jazz” – as just demonstrated in these few bands - covers a rich variety of different musical styles.
Unfurl from Manchester ( 9.00pm Friday 21st November) are a four piece who combine Indian Ragas, contemporary jazz, flamenco and Arabic rhythms. Led by violinist Olivia Moore they have been enthusiastically received at numerous festivals, clubs and theatre venues across the country, as a result gaining Arts Council and Jazz North support. They are Olivia Moore violin/band leader; Jim Faulkner electric guitar; Gavin Barras double bass; Adam Warne Egyptian percussion
Travelers + Julie Sassoon (8.00pm Tuesday 25th November).
Travelers consists of four young musicians, two from Italy and two from France who came together in 2008 to explore the edge between contemporary jazz and rock/pop music. Their debut CD, released in 2013,
won awards in both Italy and France. Solo pianist Julie Sassoon is from Berlin
The Matt Anderson / Jiannis Pavlidis Duo (9.00pm Saturday 6th December) hails from Leeds where guitarist Jiannis teaches on the prestigious jazz course at Leeds College of Music. Matt, a hard – blowing tenor sax player, was previously seen at the Café last February when he donated his services to the all - day fund – raiser for Jazz North East.Matt and Jiannis share a love for the songs of Cole Porter, George Gershwin and other of the Great American Songbook composers, and for the jazz stylings of Sonny Rollins and John Coltrane. They have played together as a duo for two years. Their concert promises to be a night of close group interplay, excellent musicianship and solid jazz entertainment.
Preston – Glasgow – Lowe ( 8.00pm Friday 12th December) is London - based and probably consists of the youngest musicians of any of the three bands. In terms however of experience these three have been around the block, having worked as sidemen with major artists as varied as John Scofield, the Foreign Exchange, Melody Gardot, Robert Mitchell and Tommy Smith.They are, put simply, an electric guitar trio, often exciting and propulsive and with rock dynamics, but also full of shimmering textures, intricate harmony and strong melodic lines. They are David Preston guitar; Kevin Glasgow six string,electric jazz bass guitar; Laurie Lowe drums
Unfurl (21st Nov) - £5 (£3 before 8.30pm) at door.
Travelers + Julie Sassoon (25th Nov) £10 & £8 conc at door.
Paul Edis Trio ( 5th Dec ) £5 (£3 before 7.30pm) at door.
Anderson/Pavlidis Duo (6th Dec) – Free admission.
Preston – Glasgow – Lowe (12th Dec) - £5 (£3 before 7.30pm) at door.
Further information on events from Dave Clarke at email@example.com