Greg Abate with Paul Edis
Once again facing an impossible task of picking just three so....
1) Greg Abate with Paul Edis Trio at the Black Swan Arts Centre in Newcastle.
2) Strictly Smokin' Big Band: with Claire Martin at Hoochie Coochie, or with Mark Nightingale at Sage Gateshead.
3) Vasilis Xenopoulos or Simon Spillett with Paul Edis Trio - both at Ushaw College, Durham.
By limiting myself to 3 (ok 5) then I'm doing a disservice to Binker Golding Quartet and the Scottish National Jazz Orchestra both at Middlesbrough Town Hall and, by limiting my choice to gigs in the northeast, I'm bypassing Leo Richardson at Pizza Express.
Also, the twice monthly jam sessions at the Black Swan Newcastle should be mentioned where emerging talents learn from the masters (and vice versa!)
However, impossible as the task is I'd rather have it that way. If the choice was simple then the outlook would indeed be bleak!
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