A series of high quality and contrasting bands from the region and beyond- a chance to see four bands all of whom would normally command a whole evening- fantastic value and not to be missed!
The bands are:
Already lauded for her live shows, featured on Later…with Jools Holland and tipped by Nylon, People Magazine and Marie Claire, Texas born jazz singer Hailey Tuck is on a mission to turn jazz on its head. Junk, her spectacular debut album for Sony, is infused with her powerhouse personality, her love of the dark side of life and her carefree approach to convention. Produced by the multi Grammy Award winning Larry Klein (Joni Mitchell, Herbie Hancock, Melody Gardot) it features songs by artists as diverse as Leonard Cohen, Pulp, The Kinks and Paul McCartney.
Her UK band includes jazz pianist Rick Simpson who grew up in Guisborough, near Middlesbrough, and before going to London to study jazz at the Guildhall School of Music was a member of the youth jazz ensemble Jambone based at Sage Gateshead.
“the soul of a Jazz Age libertine” Miles Raymer, Entertainment Weekly
“best described best as Daisy Buchanan and Velma Kelly’s long-lost love child” Interview Magazine
“Jazz has a new heroine with smoky-voiced Texan songstress Hailey Tuck” – THE STAR
Aurora- with Noel Dennis, Zoe Gilby, Andy Champion and Mark Williams
present an exciting new collaboration exploring the music of American jazz trumpeter Tom Harrell with new songs written by Zoe. Well known Teesside born jazz trumpeter Noel Dennis is now enjoying having returned to Teesside to take up a role as Principal Lecturer and MBA Programme Leader at Teesside University where he brings his jazz skills to the field of management training! Here he is joined by one of the North East’s favourite vocalists- Zoe Gilby, plus her regular musical collaborators including her husband Andy Champion on bass. http://www.zoegilby.co.uk/
The Ushaw Ensemble
Originally formed to perform a specially commissioned suite to celebrate the life and story of St. Cuthbert, this septet founded by composer, pianist, educator Paul Edis is made up of some of the best musicians from the North East from jazz and beyond, including the acclaimed Northumbrian Piper Andy May. Fusing elements of folk, contemporary classical and jazz, the band were chosen as one of the Jazz North- Northern Line ambassador artists in 2017/2018. http://www.pauledis.co.uk/gallery
Featuring some of the finest UK performers of recent years, including pianist/composer Nikki Iles (following her Saturday performance with NYJO) Grammy nominated and ECM recording artist singer Norma Winstone, saxophonist Mark Lockheart, guitarist Mike Walker, Steve Watts on bass and James Maddren on drums. The group formed at the instigation of Steve Mead at The Manchester Jazz Festival several years ago and since then has gone from strength to strength. http://nikkiiles.co.uk/the-printmakers/
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