Gateshead International Jazz Festival 2013
Gateshead International Jazz Festival, the largest UK festival held under one roof, has announced its headline acts and themes for 2013 including The Brand New Heavies, Ruby Turner, National Youth Jazz Orchestra with special guest Jacqui Dankworth, Lighthouse, Phronesis and Christine Tobin. The festival will take place in the spectacular surroundings of The Sage Gateshead on Friday 5th – Sunday 7th April 2013.
A J ZZ G ATESHEAD INTERNATIONAL JAZZ FESTIVAL THE UK’S BIGGEST JAZZ FESTIVAL HELD UNDER ONE ROOF 5-7 APRIL 2013 A J ZZ J azz assumes many different guises in the 21st century. This year’s festival (our ninth!) homes in on the breadth of talent from the UK, from the shouting big band sound of the National Youth Jazz Orchestra to the irresistibly danceable jazz-funk of Brand New Heavies; from the massed ranks of Andy Sheppard’s Saxophone Massive to Soweto Kinch’s gritty fusion of jazz and urban sounds; from the classic soul and jazz voices of Ruby Turner and today’s rising vocal star Zara MacFarlane to the impassioned new band of Working Week’s Larry Stabbins; and from the virtuoso improvisation of Alexander Hawkins and master drummer Louis MoholoMoholo to the orchestral sweep of music from Tim Garland, the late Ian Carr and Northern Sinfonia, Orchestra of The Sage Gateshead. GATESHEAD INTERNATIONAL JAZZ FESTIVAL 2013 W E L C O M E T O T H E N I N T H G AT E S H E A D I N T E R N AT I O N A L J A Z Z F E S T I V A L , THE F IRS T I N TH E UK JAZZ CALENDAR , WITH AS BROAD A PROGRAMME AS EVER. The evocative landscape of North East England lies at the heart of the music of local hero Ian Carr and saxophonist Tim Garland – and leads into this year’s international dimension. Jazz from northern Britain and its Nordic counterparts inhabit the Festival in glorious style, with a special focus on a brilliant clutch of artists from Finland, Norway and Germany. Talent from the top half of the UK, Finnish bands Oddarrang and the quartet of trumpeter Veneri Pohjola demonstrate the distinctive music from the Baltic – and Pohjola joins Germany’s Jens Thomas in a quirky tribute to heavy metal gods, AC/DC. The maverick Norwegian accordionist Stian Carstensen joins saxophonist Iain Ballamy in a double bill with the Danish/UK/Swedish powerhouse that is Phronesis. Another transnational trio led by Scotland’s Tom Bancroft, Trio Red, adds a further dimension as do a series of artists from across the North of England currently making waves at a national level, with Tyneside bassist Andy Champion well to the fore. The Scottish connection leads into a French connection; guitarist Kevin McKenzie opens for the hard-swinging quartet of Biréli Lagrène, making a very rare appearance outside London. A real treat for fans of jazz guitar. Jazz Words celebrates two of the 20th century’s most individual poetic voices – 2012 BASCA Composer Award winner Christine Tobin’s response to the words of William Butler Yeats; and Alyn Shipton’s exploration of Philip Larkin’s resolutely individual take on jazz. Plus lots of opportunities to learn and join in (particularly for anyone who can play saxophone), family events, free music on the Concourse and a chance to make your own record requests to BBC Radio 3’s Alyn Shipton - this has to be the best way to round off your Easter holidays! ROS RIGBY, PERFORMANCE PROGRAMME DIRECTOR, THE SAGE GATESHEAD JOHN CUMMING, DIRECTOR, SERIOUS TH E DI XI E TI CK LERS With New Orleans jazz from their latest album. The Dixie Ticklers will open the festival followed by a late night set. Free Friday 5 April, Hall One, 7.30pm NATI ONAL YOUTH JAZZ OR CHESTRA WI TH S PECI AL GU ES TS JACQUI DAN K W ORTH , MARK NI GHTI N G ALE, JAS ON YAR DE PL US JAM BON E The big band tradition is in very good hands with a rejuvenated National Youth Jazz Orchestra creating a very classy sound indeed under the direction of Mark Armstrong. Familiar big band flagwavers sit alongside specially commissioned new arrangements – including some brilliant writing from band members themselves. From a hard-swinging rhythm section to a raft of hugely talented young soloists, this is a big band in very good form, with performances including the 2012 BBC Proms. Featured guests reflect the sheer range of the orchestra’s skills, with one of the most highly regarded jazz vocalists, Jacqui Dankworth, trombonist Mark Nightingale and saxophonist/composer Jason Yarde adding spice to what is sure to be a hugely enjoyable opening night. Jambone is The Sage Gateshead’s own Regional Youth Jazz Ensemble, who each year work with a guest artist to prepare repertoire for Gateshead International Jazz Festival. Over the years these have included Andy Sheppard, Tom Bancroft, Ryan Quigley, Paul Towndrow, Jazz Jamaica and more. This year they appear hotfoot from a residential workshop with Tim Garland, and will perform some of the works developed with him, as well as other items from their repertoire. Tickets: £13.50 / Jazz Festival Pass National Youth Jazz Orchestra F R I D AY 5 A P R I L Friday 5 April, Concourse, 6.30pm and 10pm F R I D AY 5 A P R I L Zara MacFarlane Soweto Kinch Friday 5 April, Hall Two, 8pm “ ” A SCALDING DISPLAY OF POSTCOLEMAN ALTO-SAX IMPROVISING, A VIRTUOSIC AND INTELLIGENT EXPOSITION OF POLITICAL RAP, AND A VISUALLY RIVETING EVENT INTO THE BARGAIN... A REAL TOUR DE FORCE – A CONTEMPORARY TAKE ON THE SEVEN DEADLY SINS. THE GUARDIAN PRE-CONCERT TALK: ALYN SHIPTON TALKS TO SOWETO KINCH AT 7PM IN HALL TWO FREE TO TICKET HOLDERS S OW ETO KI N CH: TH E LEGEN D OF M IK E SM ITH PL US ZARA M ACFARL AN E A ward-winning jazz alto saxophonist and hip hop star, Soweto Kinch celebrates the release of his new studio double album titled ‘The Legend of Mike Smith’, featuring his new trio with Karl Rashid-Abel (double bass) and Shaney Forbes (drums). Drawing on the theme of the seven deadly sins and the writings of Dante, it tells the tale of a young MC caught in a very modern world of temptation. “I’m really excited about these shows; the stripped trio format allows me more harmonic freedom and space to deliver lyrics. Moreover, I’m excited about integrating new things into the show, such as tenor sax and live looping.” Soweto Kinch Zara MacFarlane’s debut CD for Gilles Peterson’s Brownswood Recordings, ‘Until Tomorrow’ – described in All About Jazz as “a delight” – features a mix of her own compositions and jazz standards, with a strong soul undercurrent. Her sumptuous voice inviting comparison to Jill Scott, Erykah Badu and Dianne Reeves. Backed by a brilliant band featuring pianist Peter Edwards, she is one of this country’s most promising jazz/soul talents. Tickets: £16.50 / Jazz Festival Pass (Cabaret layout) STON EPHACE S TABBI NS FEATUR IN G Z OE R AHM AN R enowned as the co-leader of UK soul/star hipsters Working Week, saxophonist Larry Stabbins brings a blistering energy to a fiery new quintet that features MOBO jazz award-winner Zoe Rahman’s eloquent piano and a tremendous rhythm section, and has gathered impressive reviews for the recentlyreleased CD ‘Transcendental’. Taking inspiration from the cosmic jazz of Coltrane and Pharaoh Sanders, this is incandescent music that moves the heart and feet. Tickets: £12 / “” ...SWIRLING EDDIES OF SPIRITUAL JAZZ... SOMETHING GREAT AND INTANGIBLE. MOJO Zoe Rahman Friday 5 April, Hoochie Coochie, 11pm – late LATE NIGHT JAZZ, FUNK AND SOUL AT HOOCHIE COOCHIE Hoochie Coochie Club in central Newcastle (10-15 minutes walk from The Sage Gateshead) will provide a late night venue Friday to Sunday night (subject to capacity) for festival audiences. With a mix of guest jazz musician and DJs. For more details visit www.hoochiecoochie.co.uk Tickets: £5 (buy at Hoochie Coochie on the night) Larry Stabbins F R I D AY 5 A P R I L Friday 5 April, The Jazz Lounge, Northern Rock Foundation Hall, 10.30pm S AT U R D AY 6 A P R I L Saturday 6 April, Music Education Centre, 10am–12noon WORKSHOP FOR YOUN G INSTRUMENTALISTS WITH THE NATIONAL YOU TH JAZZ OR CH ES TRA WHY NOT LEARN SOMETHING NEW IN ONE OF OUR MUSIC WORKSHOPS? The National Youth Jazz Orchestra features some of the most gifted and talented jazz musicians of the next generation. Come and join some of them and their music director, Mark Armstrong, for a Saturday morning jazz workout. Session participants should be aged 13-19 and have an instrumental performance standard of Grade 5 or above. Tickets: £10 Saturday 6 April, Gateshead Old Town Hall, G1 Millennium Hall, 11am–1pm AN IN TRODU CTI ON TO VOCAL IM PROVI S ATI ON In this two hour workshop led by Lindsay Hannon we will be looking at various ways into vocal improvisation, from ‘scat’ singing around American Songbook standards to wordless musical expression. Think Bobby McFerrin meets Louis Armstrong! Lindsay Hannon Tickets: £10 / Saturday 6 April, Gateshead Old Town Hall, G26, Council Chambers, 11am–1pm AN IN TRODU CTI ON TO JAZZ GU I TAR The session, led by James Birkett, will provide an introduction to jazz harmony and improvisation for guitarists who have established a reasonable level of facility on the instrument (i.e. can play basic chord progressions with ease and have an understanding of major and minor scales and arpeggios). Tickets: £10 / Saturday 6 April Hall Two, 1.30pm Saturday 6 April, The Barbour Room, 1.30pm–2.30pm Aimed at families with children between 5 and 8 years old JAZZ RECORD R EQU ES TS W I TH ALY N S H IPTON EARLY YEARS BI G FAM I LY JAZZ BAS H Alyn Shipton presents a special live edition of the legendary show ‘Jazz Record Requests’. Artists from the festival, including Tim Garland, Gwilym Simcock and Zoe Rahman will discuss their own favourites, and there will be a chance for you to make your request in person and live on the radio. Free but ticketed Saturday 6 April Concourse, 1.30pm–7pm Sharon Durant F ollowing the roaring success of the Early Years Big Family Jazz Bash at last year’s festival, come and join us for a large helping of fun, song and movement led by Sharon Durant and members of the Early Years and Family Learning Team. This whole family celebration will include some jazz standards, improvisation and moves especially chosen for families to get involved. Older and younger siblings will be able to participate in either session. Adults must attend with their children. Tickets: £2.50 per person AF TER NOON JAZZ Featuring great bands from across The Sage Gateshead’s Join In programme, including our BMus Jazz, Popular and Commercial Music programme and Young Musicians Programme, as well as other ensembles from across the region. This afternoon of free music can be enjoyed by everyone. See www.thesagegateshead.org for full details Free S AT U R D AY 6 A P R I L Saturday 6 April, The Barbour Room, 11am–12noon Aimed at families with children under 5 years old S AT U R D AY 6 A P R I L Saturday 6 April The Jazz Lounge, Northern Rock Foundation Hall, 3pm CELEBRATING THE JAZ Z F ROM THE NORTH T his year we celebrate over two days the vibrant jazz scene from the North of the UK and Europe, with artists from Scotland, the North East of England, Yorkshire, Manchester, Norway and Finland. 3PM EYES S HU T TIGHT Pontefract bassist Paul Baxter’s trio, featuring pianist Jonny Tomlinson and drummer Kristoffer Wright, has been receiving great acclaim for their second album ‘The Thaw’, featuring all original Baxter compositions. “With a bassist leading the band it’s perhaps not surprising that the music has evoked comparisons with EST, The Bad Plus, Phronesis, Neil Cowley Trio.” The Jazz Mann This performance is in partnership with Jazz North. 4PM VERNERI POHJOLA QUARTET Young Finnish trumpeter Verneri Pohjola achieved international acclaim, and a five star Guardian review, with last year’s Aurora album. The Guardian also described the recent follow-up Ancient History as “imaginative, Verneri Pohjola Quartet beautifully executed contemporary jazz”. The band made a big impression at the 2012 London Jazz Festival, and features Aki Rissanen on piano, Antti Lotjonen on double bass and Joonas Riippa on drums. The band’s appearance is supported by Music Finland, ESEK, Arts Council Finland and the Embassy of Finland. VIBRANT JAZZ SCENE FROM THE NORTH OF THE UK AND EUROPE 5PM TR IO R ED Scottish drummer/ composer Tom Bancroft’s new venture was born Trio Red of a week holed up in a Scottish village with English jazz piano star Tom Cawley and Norwegian double-bassist Per Zanussi, resulting in a CD that has been universally praised. “...riveting set... complex, twisting, percussion-powered episodes are played like a rougher, brawling Brad Mehldau band. Cawley is inspired.... Zanussi’s majestic... It's a shot-in-the-dark venture that turned into a world-class trio in a week.” John Fordham, The Guardian **** 6PM ACV In-demand Newcastle bass player Andy Champion launched his quintet ACV in 2009 playing compositions that drew on influences as diverse as prog rock and free improv, but with jazz always at the heart. Here the band (with Graeme Wilson, sax; Mark Williams, guitar; Paul Edis, piano and Adrian Tilbrook, drums) celebrate their new album out on Babel, produced by guitarist Chris Sharkey. “Champion exemplifies his breadth of bass playing techniques, nevertheless allowing freedom amongst all the musicians, yet always ensuring a tight ensemble... altogether completely virtuosic.” Plush magazine. Tickets: £7 (entry price for the full afternoon) / NORTHER N S PI R ITS : N ORTH ERN S I N FON IA , TIM G ARL AND, LI GHTH OU S E, H EN RY LOW TH ER, TIM WHITEHEAD, ANDY CH AMPI ON. CON DU CTOR: CL ARK RU N DEL L This concert features two works for jazz musicians and orchestra inspired by the landscape of the North East of England. Revered Newcastle trumpeter/composer Ian Carr, who died in 2009, was commissioned by the Bracknell Jazz Festival in 1986 to write the suite ‘Northumbrian Sketches’ but it has never before been performed in the area that inspired it, and never before with a fully professional orchestra. Henry Lowther on trumpet, Tim Whitehead on saxophone/bass clarinet and Andy Champion on bass are joined by Northern Sinfonia strings, to present this exciting four part suite in its North East premiere. Tim Whitehead Over twenty years after Ian Carr, saxophonist Tim Garland has taken his travels to and from his home in the North East as inspiration for a new suite for jazz trio and orchestra entitled ‘Songs to the North Sky’, a world premiere, written in 2012 for the trio Lighthouse with Northern Sinfonia. Clark Rundell conducts both orchestral works. “” SURE-FOOTED VIRTUOSITY, A DAZZLING STANDARD THE TIMES ABOUT LIGHTHOUSE The concert also includes a forty minute set by the award winning trio Lighthouse – GRAMMY winner Tim Garland and Barclaycard Mercury nominated pianist Gwilym Simcock joined by world class percussionist Asaf Sirkis. “Three musicians at the top of their game having fun and sharing it with us.” Alyn Shipton PRE-CONCERT TALK: ALYN SHIPTON TALKS TO TIM GARLAND Lighthouse Tickets: £19.50 / Jazz Festival Pass AT 6.30PM IN HALL ONE FREE TO TICKET HOLDERS S AT U R D AY 6 A P R I L Saturday 6 April, Hall One, 7.30pm S AT U R D AY 6 A P R I L Saturday 6 April, Hall Two, 8pm BI R EL I L AGR ENE QUARTET PLUS KEVIN MACKENZIE AND STEVE HAMILTON “ ” “” Biréli Lagrène …LIKE WATCHING AN EXPERT JUGGLER THROW MORE CHINA IN THE AIR… WHILE THE AUDIENCE GASPS AND GRINS WITH PLEASURE. THE GUARDIAN PRE-CONCERT TALK: ALYN SHIPTON TALKS TO BIRELI LAGRENE AT 7PM IN HALL TWO Biréli Lagrène, born into a traditional manouche Gypsy family in 1966, was covering the repertoire of the great guitarist Django Reinhardt by the age of eight, and his relatives were already calling him a child prodigy. By his late teens he was mixing with jazz greats such as Stéphane Grappelli and Benny Goodman and exploring jazz fusion with the likes of bassist Jaco Pastorius. Whilst still a master of the Reinhardt legacy, his current band is a free-wheeling quartet reminiscent of 1960s Blue Note, with saxophonist Franck Wolf, drummer Jean Marc Robin and Hammond organist Jean-Yves Jung providing the texture and groove. “One of the most remarkable guitar players on the planet.” (London Jazz) Guitarist Kevin Mackenzie is one of Scotland’s most in-demand and versatile musicians from the avant-jazz of Trio AAB to traditional music with the Finlay Macdonald band and Jenna Reid. He has toured worldwide and recorded on over 40 albums. Here he performs a mix of standards and original compositions with the fleet-fingered pianist Steve Hamilton. Tickets: £16.50 / Jazz Festival Pass (Cabaret layout) FREE TO TICKET HOLDERS ONE OF THE MOST ACCOMPLISHED AND ORIGINAL BANDS TO EMERGE IN RECENT YEARS JAZZ NORTH EAST Saturday 6 April, Concourse, 10pm PAUL EDI S S EXTET Paul Edis expanded his acclaimed trio to form a sextet in 2008 with a front line of trumpet, saxophone Paul Edis and trombone. Their debut album ‘There Will Be Time’ was voted the third best album of 2012 by Alyn Shipton writing for Jazzwise and continues to attract glowing reviews. “Brilliant young pianist.” Alyn Shipton Free LATE NIGHT JAZZ, FUNK AND SOUL AT HOOCHIE COOCHIE Jens Thomas Verneri Pohjola Saturday 6 April, The Jazz Lounge, Northern Rock Foundation Hall, 10.30pm JENS THOM AS AN D VERN ER I POHJOL A – SPEED OF GRACE: A TR I BUTE TO AC/ DC Hoochie Coochie Club in central Newcastle (10-15 minutes walk from The Sage Gateshead) will provide a late night venue Friday to Sunday night (subject to capacity) for festival audiences. With a mix of guest jazz musician and DJs. For more details visit www.hoochiecoochie.co.uk Tickets: £5 (buy at Hoochie Coochie on the night) A tribute to the music of AC/DC: hard rock becomes late night chamber jazz. Award-winning German jazz pianist and vocalist Jens Thomas has always done the unexpected, such as reinterpretations of film composer Ennio Morricone and North East hero Sting. On this 2012 album on ACT, he pays tribute to the heavy metal band AC/DC with a whole new approach to their rock anthems such as ‘The Jack’, ‘Highway to Hell’, ‘Touch Too Much’ and ‘You Shook Me All Night Long’, joined by the superb Finnish trumpeter Verneri Pohjola. Pohjola also appears with his quartet as part of Jazz from the North. Tickets: £10 WE THINK AC/DC LEAD SINGER BRIAN JOHNSON (FROM GATESHEAD) WOULD ENJOY THIS NEW VERSION OF THEIR SONGS! S AT U R D AY 6 A P R I L Saturday 6 April Hoochie Coochie, 11pm – late S U N D AY 7 A P R I L Sunday 7 April Concourse, 1.30–7pm AF TERNOON JAZZ Featuring great bands from across The Sage Gateshead’s Join In programme, including our BMus Jazz, Popular and Commercial Music programme and Young Musicians Programme, as well as other ensembles from across the region. This afternoon of free music can be enjoyed by everyone. See www.thesagegateshead.org for full details Free Sunday 7 April Music Education Centre 4.30–6pm W AY I N TO TH E W AY OU T Composer/pianist Alexander Hawkins and vibes player Corey Mwamba discuss and debate their own perspective on the history of jazz, combining lively chat with excerpts from albums they’ve grown up listening to and occasional live interjections. Free but ticketed Sunday 7 April, Hall Two, 2pm JAZZ W OR DS: L ARK IN’S JAZ Z AND CHR IS TINE TOBI N’S S AIL ING TO BY ZANTIUM A two part show hosted by Alyn Shipton exploring the long established relationship between jazz and poetry, and how this is expressed through interpretations of works by two great poets. Larkin’s Jazz: Devised by trumpeter and Larkin expert Ian Smith, the performance is built around jazz settings of Philip Larkin’s words originally commissioned for BBC Radio 3’s ‘The Verb’. Ian has also selected texts and music covered in Larkin’s resolutely traditionalist and eloquent writings about jazz during his long career as a critic for the ‘Daily Telegraph’ in the 1960s and 70s, including his passions for Sidney Bechet and Eddie Condon, as well as what he called the “lean, unhesitant, surprising tenor sax” of Lester Young. An excellent band including Ian Smith on trumpet, Alyn Shipton on bass, Colin Good on piano plus Dave Gelly on tenor saxophone and clarinet. Christine Tobin - Sailing To Byzantium: An evocative collection of twelve poems by W.B.Yeats is set to music composed by BBC award-winning jazz vocalist Christine Tobin who in 2012 won a British Composer Award for this work. The poems are chosen from Yeats’ early work through to his final collection, from love poems such as ‘When You Are Old’, to works that chart his desire to find a deeper spiritual truth, as in the epic ‘Sailing To Byzantium’. Christine’s inspired voice brings great warmth and luminosity to his work. The stellar line-up is: Phil Robson, guitar; Kate Short, cello; Liam Noble, piano and Dave Whitford double bass. Christine Tobin These two sets will be followed by a short panel discussion about the relationship between jazz and poetry, chaired by Alyn Shipton and including Ian Smith and Christine Tobin, plus special guest the multi award-winning Newcastle based poet, writer and critic Sean O’Brien. Tickets: £13.50 / Jazz Festival Pass (Cabaret layout) S U N D AY 7 A P R I L Neil Yates Five Countries Trio Sunday 7 April The Jazz Lounge, Northern Rock Foundation Hall, 3pm CELEBRATING THE JAZZ F ROM TH E N ORTH This second afternoon showcase continues the exploration of the vibrant jazz scene from the North of the UK and Europe 3PM W ATS ON WALK ER EDI S Watson Walker Edis This North East based trio (Lewis Watson, saxophone; Rob Walker, drums; Paul Edis, piano) first performed as part of the Schmazz ‘Jazzathon’ at Newcastle’s Lit and Phil in 2011 to great acclaim. All three musicians were keen to continue collaborating and to explore the many possibilities. With an ever expanding portfolio of compositions, an abundance of technique, innate sensitivity and interaction, they draw upon a wealth of experience and influences to perform original and moving music with improvisation and expression at its heart. 4PM NEIL YATES FIVE COUNTRIES TRIO Manchester born trumpeter Neil Yates is known for his skilful approach to a fusing of folk and jazz. His trio, with the Romanian-based guitarist Zsolt Bende, and English-based percussionist VIBRANT JAZZ SCENE FROM THE NORTH OF THE UK AND EUROPE Cormac Byrne explores the traditions of these nations in a unique jazz sound; their album ‘Five Countries’ has received international acclaim. “Seamlessly combines idioms... light, dancing and evocative compositions... a delightful album and a pointer to another path that jazz can take.” Sydney Morning Herald This performance is in partnership with Jazz North. 5PM ODDARR ANG Founded by drummer and composer Olavi Louhivuori, Finnish band Oddarrang deliver a genre-defying musical experience, with influences from jazz, world music and postmodern rock. The group’s music has been compared to the cool but moving expression of Icelanders such as Björk and Sigur Rós. The unusual instrumentation of trombone, cello, guitar, acoustic bass and drums, creates an extraordinary, absorbing sonic landscape. The band’s appearance is supported by Music Finland, ESEK, Arts Council Finland and the Embassy of Finland. Tickets: £5 (entry price for the full afternoon) / S U N D AY 7 A P R I L Chris Sharkey Andy Sheppard Sunday 7 April, Concourse, 3.30pm CALLING ALL SAXOPHONISTS OF ALL AGES & ABILITIES S AXOPH ONE MASS IVE WI TH ANDY S H EPPARD I f you’re a saxophonist and you would like to be involved in Saxophone Massive, The Sage Gateshead are recruiting saxophonists of all ages and abilities – professionals, amateurs and beginners. Workshops: Northern Rock Foundation Hall Sunday 3rd February: 3-6pm Tutor: Andy Sheppard Sunday 24th February: 2-5pm Tutor: Chris Sharkey Sunday 24th March: 7-10pm Tutor: Chris Sharkey Cost to join Saxophone Massive: £50 / Includes all three workshops and performance. Register your place with our Ticket Office 0191 443 4661 or online at www.thesagegateshead.org Performance: Concourse Sunday 7th April: 3.30pm with Andy Sheppard Free SOU L AN D FU N K DOU BL E BI LL : RUBY TU RN ER AND TH E BR AND NEW HEAVIES Ruby Turner Ruby Turner is a national and international treasure, with seven hit singles including a definitive version of ‘I’d Rather Go Blind,’ three chart albums and her prestigious US RnB No.1, ‘It’s Gonna Be Alright.’ Ruby has become a regular performer in Jools Holland’s Rhythm & Blues Orchestra, as well as featuring on numerous Jools Holland albums. Ruby appears with her regular high energy band. The Brand New Heavies are a British music institution. Founded in Ealing in 1985, their unique mix of jazz, funk and soul has lit up the dance scene for well over two decades and they show no sign of standing still. The founding and ever-present trio of Jan Kincaid, Simon Bartholomew and Andrew Levy on drums/ keyboards, guitar and bass respectively were influential in creating what became The Brand New Heavies known as the acid jazz scene. They have since steered the Brand New Heavies into the current millennium, where they remain as influential and respected as ever. Tickets: £19.50 & £25 / Jazz Festival Pass “” “ ” EARTHY AND IMPECCABLE VOCALS MIRROR ABOUT RUBY TURNER THEY’RE A BAND THAT KNOWS HOW TO HAVE FUN AND THEIR ENJOYMENT WAS SIMPLY CONTAGIOUS. AUREVIEW ABOUT THE BRAND NEW HEAVIES S U N D AY 7 A P R I L Sunday 7 April, Hall One, 7.30pm S U N D AY 7 A P R I L Sunday 7 April, Hall Two, 8pm DOU BL E BI LL : I AI N BAL L AM Y & STI AN CARSTENSEN – THE L I T TL E RADIO AN D PHRON ES I S Phronesis Scandinavian/British jazz trio Phronesis have the ability to excite and inspire. Led by London-based Danish double-bass player Jasper Høiby, and featuring Ivo Neame on piano and the Swedish drummer Anton Eger, their charismatic live performances have captured the hearts and minds of audiences worldwide and prompted Jazzwise to describe them as “the most exciting and imaginative piano trio since EST”. Their fourth album, ‘Walking Dark’ has led to a busy international touring schedule and a host of awards. Phronesis Iain Ballamy & Stian Carstensen - The Little Radio The resonance of button accordion and tenor saxophone conjures up a rare, rich and beautiful sonority. Long established British saxophonist and composer Iain Ballamy and the astounding Norwegian multi-instrumentalist Stian Carstensen generate an arresting range of moods and textures. Their repertoire ranges widely from Chopin to Whitney Houston via Erik Satie and Kurt Weil, incorporating classic songs, jazz standards, original works, tangos and even children’s songs to make a rich and diverse programme that resounds with an engaging wit and humour. Iain Ballamy Tickets: £16.50 / Jazz Festival Pass (Cabaret layout) PRE-CONCERT TALK: ALYN SHIPTON TALKS TO IAIN BALLAMY AND STIAN CARSTENSEN AT 7PM IN THE MUSIC EDUCATION CENTRE (C9) FREE TO TICKET HOLDERS Stian Carstensen ALEXAN DER H AW K IN S AN D LOUIS M OH OLO - MOH OLO PLUS BON G A , M WAM BA AN D CHAM PION M usical fireworks are guaranteed from an intercontinental dialogue between the intense piano improvisations of Alexander Hawkins and the extraordinary dynamic range of South African percussionist Louis Moholo-Moholo, who played a pivotal role in the influential community of South African exiles who transformed the evolution of British jazz from the 70s. Bonga, Mwamba and Champion The supporting trio first met last July when Johannesburg born saxophonist Ntshuks Bonga was in Newcastle with the Royal Shakespeare Company, and asked Jazz North East to organise a gig for him. Linking him with vibes maestro Corey Mwamba and Tyneside bassist Andy Champion proved an inspired choice, as they found common musical ground from the first note – inclining towards freedom but with a strong undercurrent of rhythm and melody. Presented in collaboration with Jazz North East. Tickets: £12 / Alexander Hawkins Louis Moholo-Moholo Sunday 7 April Hoochie Coochie, 11pm – late LATE NIGHT JAZZ, FUNK AND SOUL AT HOOCHIE COOCHIE Hoochie Coochie Club in central Newcastle (10-15 minutes walk from The Sage Gateshead) will provide a late night venue Friday to Sunday night (subject to capacity) for festival audiences. With a mix of guest jazz musician and DJs. For more details visit www.hoochiecoochie.co.uk Tickets: £5 (buy at Hoochie Coochie on the night) S U N D AY 7 A P R I L Sunday 7 April The Jazz Lounge, Northern Rock Foundation Hall, 8.30pm BOOKI NG IN FOR M ATI ON H OW DO I BOOK M Y TI CKETS? You can either book online at www.thesagegateshead.org or by calling our Ticket Office on 0191 443 4661. Ticket Office is open Monday–Sunday from 10am–6pm on non-performance days. On performance days it is open for thirty minutes after the start of the last performance. On Sundays and Bank Holidays phone booking closes at 6pm. Save with the ‘Jazz Festival Pass’ Buy two or more tickets for either the Hall One or Hall Two Gateshead International Jazz Festival concerts (or a combination of both) and save money. • Buy tickets for two concerts and save £2 off each ticket (Save £4) • Buy tickets for three concerts and save £3 off each ticket (Save £9) • Buy tickets for four concerts and save £4 off each ticket (Save £16) Contact Ticket Office for more details and to obtain the offer: 0191 443 4661 (this offer is not available through online bookings). WHAT CONCESSIONS AM I ENTITLED TO? If you are under 16, a student, over 60 or unemployed then concessions are available on some events. Look for the symbol. W H AT IF I CAN’T MAKE I T? We now offer a ticket cancellation protection for £2 per ticket. This will protect you against cancellation resulting from accidents, unexpected illnesses and adverse weather where warnings have been issued from the Government not to travel. WHAT ARE THE TERMS AND CONDITIONS WHEN BUYING MY TICKETS? Details are available on our website or by requesting details from our Ticket Office with a stamped addressed envelope. WHAT IS CABARET LAYOUT? Unreserved seating around tables in Northern Rock Foundation Hall and on Level 1 in Hall Two. HOW DO I GET TO THE SAGE GATESHEAD? Metro: Thanks to the generosity of Nexus, you can travel to and from Gateshead Interchange by Metro, absolutely free: simply retain your event ticket for inspection on the Metro (valid two hours prior to, and after, an event at The Sage Gateshead). Car: The Sage Gateshead has its own car park with lift access situated directly behind the building. A special festival car park offer of £6 for the weekend is available. These can be bought from the Ticket Office. There are a number of priority spaces for blue badge holders near the entrances to The Sage Gateshead as well as in our car park by the lifts. Train: The nearest station is Newcastle Central where a connection on the QuayLink bus will bring you to The Sage Gateshead. Air connections: A direct Metro link is available from Newcastle International Airport to Gateshead Interchange (around 30 minutes); then follow pedestrian signs for The Sage Gateshead or take the QuayLink bus. WHER E CAN I S TAY? There are plenty of hotels within walking distance to The Sage Gateshead. This year the Copthorne Hotel Newcastle are offering a special rate of £65 to all those attending Gateshead International Jazz Festival. Call 0191 222 0333 and quote SAGE 050413. CAN I EAT AN D DR IN K AT THE SAGE G ATES HEAD? Our Sir Michael Straker Café and Brasserie will be open throughout the festival and we will be offering a special jazz menu in The Brasserie (with 10% off any evening meal when you make a reservation at the time of buying a ticket). Reservations for The Brasserie can be made by contacting 0191 443 4654. There are plenty of bars in The Sage Gateshead with a range of drinks available including our new bar on the Concourse that will be opened this festival weekend. HOW DO I FIND OUT MORE INFORMATION? Please visit our website or contact our Ticket Office to find out recent updates and to join our mailing list. We often post regular updates via our social media channels too – facebook.com/ thesagegateshead and @sage_gateshead Every Monday during term time FORTHCOMING JAZZ EVENTS AND WORKSHOPS AT THE SAGE G ATESH EAD M US IC F OR ADULTS: BLUE JAZ Z VOICES Developing a practical approach to solo singing and performance the group works on improvisation, repertoire, vocal technique and performance specifically with a jazz and blues repertoire. Classes must be booked for the term. Every Wednesday during term time M US IC F OR ADULTS: Most Fridays JAZ Z N IGHTS Jazz nights are a regular Friday feature on our Concourse. Visit our website for dates or call 0191 443 4654. Tuesday 2 April and Wednesday 3 April S TU DEN TS @TH E S AGE G ATESH EAD: JAZZ, POPULAR AND COMMERCIAL MUSIC A range of inspiring performances by some of the top student musicians in the region – all studying on University of Sunderland’s renowned BMus (Hons) Jazz, Popular and Commercial Music degree delivered at The Sage Gateshead. A range of ensembles perform both original and covered material including pop, rock and jazz over two days. If you’re interested in applying for one of the degree courses next year, this is a great way to experience more of what we have to offer. Saturday 27 April QU ER CUS : I AIN BALL AM Y, H UW W AR REN AND JUN E TABOR A journey through tales of love, loss and bloody battles in timeless and original songs. Sunday 28 April TH E J W ORD: TRILOK GURTU, PAOLO FRESU, OMAR SOSA FRASER FIFIELD AND GRAEME STEPHEN Combining traditional and progressive musical elements from their homelands of India, Italy and Cuba. JAZZ AND BLUES CHOIR This choir is a great introduction to singing jazz and blues for adults. Classes must be booked for the term. Every Thursday during term time M US IC F OR ADULTS: ABS OL UTE BEGIN N ER S AXOPHON E For adults who want to learn how to play the saxophone. Classes must be booked for the term. Every Thursday during term time M US IC F OR ADULTS: SAXOPHONE EN SEMBLE The Saxophone Ensemble is aimed at players of grade 3-5 standard offering the chance to play the saxophone with others. Classes must be booked for the term. Every Saturday YOU NG M USI CI ANS PR OGRAM ME: JAZ Z AT TACK Jazz Attack is a weekly class for those aged 12–18 of Grade 4 and upwards, to develop their skills of improvisation. Part of our Open Studio Programme, within our Young Musicians Programme. Project based during school year YOU NG M USI CI ANS PR OGRAM ME: JAM BONE Our regional jazz band which provides experienced young players aged 13-19 of Grade 7 and upwards, amazing opportunities to work with influential directors and players from the jazz world and perform at high profile events. One of our Regional Youth Ensembles. WWW.THESAGEGATESHEAD.ORG FOR MORE DETAILS. Chairman: Lord Falconer of Thoroton The Sage Gateshead St Maryâ€™s Square Gateshead Quays Gateshead NE8 2JR The Sage Gateshead Founding Patrons: The Sage Group plc The Barbour Trust Northern Rock Foundation The Garfield Weston Foundation Joan and Margaret Halbert www.thesagegateshead.org Follow us on Twitter: @sage_gateshead Become a fan on facebook.com/thesagegateshead firstname.lastname@example.org Ticket Office: 0191 443 4661 Welcome Desk: 0191 443 4666 Brasserie: 0191 443 4654 Photography credits Sara Da Costa, Louis DeCarlo, JĂśrg Grosse Geldermann, Steven Haberland, Ilze Kitshoff, Cat Munro, Eric Richmond, Mark Savage, Sebastian Schmidt, David Sinclair, Jon Willocks We are proud of our environmental awareness: to see our policy, visit the About Us section of our website. This paper is sourced from well-managed forests and other controlled environments, as certified by the Forest Stewardship Council. CBP00025093001132834 North Music Trust is registered in England as a company limited by guarantee, number 4044936 and as a charity, number 1087445. Ticket sales alone are not enough to fund the breadth of our work. For more information about any of the above ways to support, please visit www.thesagegateshead.org/support