Friday, 26 February 2016

Gateshead International Jazz Festival is back

Gateshead International Jazz Festival is back! As always there’s the best of the UK, European and Friday 15 – Sunday 17 April 2016 at Sage Gateshead.

International jazz scene, hotly-tipped emerging talent and exciting cross genre artists with a programme that truly brings something for everyone. The festival, the UK’s biggest held under one roof, runs from

Headliners include American funk & soul supremo Charles Bradley, GRAMMY award-winning singer Gregory Porter, leading British saxophonist Courtney Pine with pianist Zoe Rahman, and former Jazz Messenger, Terence Blanchard with his new quintet, the E-Collective. 

Plus there will be free music on the Concourse, festival workshops, family fun, talks, a late night club and much more. For the full line up visit

We’re proud to welcome back GRAMMY award-winning singer Gregory Porter after his sell out show last year to open this year’s festival. In Sage Two, British-Asian clarinettist and composer, Arun Ghosh, will captivate audiences with his trademark IndoJazz sound. He will be followed by award-winning singer-pianist Liane Carroll, described by Jamie Cullum as 'one of the greatest singers we have in this country', for a late night show with special guest acclaimed jazz vocalist Ian Shaw. Fans of free jazz and improvisation will be treated to a rare solo performance from one of the most admired and influential saxophonists on the planet, Evan Parker, in the Northern Rock Foundation Hall.  Rounding off the opening night’s concerts, award-winning British punk-jazz-funk specialists, WorldService Project bring to the festival high-octane experimental but accessible music – think Frank Zappa, Loose Tubes and Stravinsky, played loud.

Saturday night’s stellar double bill opens with leading British saxophonist and festival favourite Courtney Pine with MOBO award-winning pianist, Zoe Rahman who play the music from their acclaimed album Song (The Ballad Book).  The second set sees trumpeter and composer and former member of Art Blakey’s Jazz Messengers Terence Blanchard with his new quintet, the E-Collective, in a powerful fusion of funk, R&B and rock. Late night concerts include GRAMMY nominated and award-winning Cuban jazz pianist Roberto Fonseca with his trio and Kris Bowers, past winner of the coveted Thelonious Monk International Jazz Piano Competition. In a special matinee concert, rising star Phil Meadows brings together the repertoire of his acclaimed Engines Orchestra in a special collaboration with Gateshead’s rising young stars and Royal Northern Sinfonia. In the first of two afternoon double bills presenting musicians from across Europe at the forefront of contemporary jazz, Luzembourg’s pianist/composer Michel Reis performs with his band, followed by John Law with his new project, Congretation. Plus, Saxophonist John Surman will be joined in a brand new quartet by the Alexander Hawkins Trio, for a late afternoon show.

 Ibrahim Maalouf 

Headlining Sunday night is American soul maestro Charles Bradley whose well-documented against-all-odds rise saw him transcend a bleak life on the streets before being discovered by Daptone Records.  Café Society Swing tells the true story of the legendary New York nightclub which promoted racial equality and great music and following sold-out gigs at Ronnie Scott’s and the Brecon Jazz Festival we’re pleased to welcome award-winning British jazz saxophonist Simon Spillett and his quartet to the festival in a tribute to a revered British modern jazz star, the late Tubby Hayes. The second of two afternoon double bills presents the Airelle Besson Duo and Malija - a brand new all-star trio, featuring saxophonist Mark Lockheart (Polar Bear), pianist Liam Noble and bassist Jasper Høiby (Phronesis). Closing this year’s festival one of the finest trumpeters of his generation, Ibrahim Maalouf brings the music of his Lebanese roots to the festival in the UK premiere of his new album Red and Black Light.

A link to our online brochure with days/dates/times is below

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