Monday, 4 January 2016

2015 highlights from Ros Rigby...

Langston Hughes Project

From Ros Rigby, performance programme director at the Sage Gateshead/GIJF and good friend of jazz!

"Here you go in chronological order:

Seminar held at Jazzahead in Bremen last April where Italian academic  and jazz  polymath Francesco Martinelli presented the work underway on THE SHARED ROOTS OF EUROPEAN JAZZ - the first comprehensive publication on the history of jazz in Europe – one of Europe Jazz Network’s major activities funded by the European Union but a long term ambition of Francesco’s – it will be a major resource for everyone interested in jazz worldwide. This was the first time I had really got a sense of what an exciting project this will be.

Marcus Miller at Sage Gateshead in November- fantastic player, producer, and stage presence- a pleasure to present in our venue.

The Langston Hughes Project at the EFG London Jazz Festival also in November – with rapper Ice-T  and trumpeter/MD Ron McCurdy and band  – a  unique tribute to the ‘jazz poet’ and major figure of the Harlem Renaissance- a really well constructed and musically excellent  event – would love to bring it to the region one day.

Am well aware I will have missed many wonderful events at clubs and venues across the North in this period- not enough nights in the week!

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