Saturday, 29 August 2020

A new Jazz and Improvised Music Recordings label in Newcastle

Laura Toxvaerd
Paul Taylor
John Pope
From Wes Stephenson, Jazz North East

No live events to speak of at Jazz north East at present, SO instead we are putting our efforts into setting up a new record label! Conceptualised by Newcastle Festival of Jazz and Improvised Music in response to Covid-19 and the postponement of this years event, the New Jazz and Improvised Music Recordings project is about to enter it’s week of Crowdfunding. Currently at 67% the label is giving a final push to try and hit the target of planning 6 releases to be issued between October 2020 and April 2021.

Based in Newcastle Upon Tyne the bespoke, ethically driven record label will be run by artists presenting unique international jazz and improvisation.

Audiences are encouraged to pre-order the first releases, pay it forward and pledge to be part of something new in putting down the foundations for an environmentally-friendly label supporting artist independence, investing in independent music studios and collaborating with carbon neutral sustainable businesses to manufacture and deliver their products. 

As there are no tickets to buy for the festival this year the label sincerely hopes audiences invest in this new initiative, and the response so far has been gratefully received.

The first set of discs will come from…

 JOHN POPE QUINTET featuring John Pope (Bass) / Faye MacCalman (Tenor Saxophone and Clarinet) / Jamie Stockbridge (Alto Saxophone) / Graham Hardy (Trumpet) / Johnny Hunter (Drums)

The debut album from the Northern UK based Quintet with recording dates set for this coming October and a subsequent album support tour throughout 2021.


An urgent collection of new Solo Piano recordings entitled 'Via' recorded in March 2020 just prior to lockdown measures being imposed. 


The Danish / Estonian Trio of Saxophones and Piano recorded live at Winterjazz in Copenhagen, February 2020.

Head over to the Crowdfunder page before 10th September if you would like to make a contribution to this great new initiative…



No comments:

Post a Comment