Now, here's something to put in your diaries straight away - the Newcastle Festival of Jazz and Improvised Music will take place between 28th September and 1st October.
Wesley Stephenson says
In 1995 the old Newcastle Jazz Festival closed it's doors, leaving a void in the city. Now, in celebration of the milestone 100th anniversary year of the first ever jazz recordings, it’s the perfect time to bring together and recognise some of the great venues and promoters working in the North East for the first 'Newcastle Festival of Jazz and Improvised Music'.
Alongside some of the cream of regional players, the festival is pleased to welcome European musicians from France, Denmark and Switzerland, as well as some of the UK's most exciting improvisers from the Glasgow and London scenes.
The North East has a rich history of championing jazz and improvised music and the programming of events in the region are often at the forefront of the music's development. Looking at the line-up of the festival, this is one you aren't going to want to miss.
For more information, check out their Facebook page. Below is a brief run-down of the programme to whet your appetite.
7.30pm - Bearpark (Upstairs at the Jazz Cafe) £3.00
1.00pm - Zoe Rahman (Lit & Phil) £10.00
7.00pm - Newcastle Improvisers/Dawn Bothwell/ Space Gong/Culver (The Globe) £5.00
7.00pm - Politics and Poetry: Keith Morris Memorial Concert (Upstairs at Jazz Cafe) free
8.45pm - Mark Williams Trio (Upstairs at Jazz Cafe) £8
11.45am - Paul Taylor ( Lit & Phil) £3
1pm til 5pm - Take Five ft. 5 duos from North East's finest improvisers (Jazz Cafe) free
7.45pm - Schnellertollermeier/Troyka/Acapulco/Rassmussen & Desprez (Black Swan) £12
11.30am - The Tuesday Jam on Sunday (Jazz Cafe) free
3.00pm - The Improvisers Workshop ft. Laura Jurd, Julie Kjaer, Rachel Musson, Leafcutter John and more (The Bridge Hotel) free
7.00pm - Three trios in performance (personnel as above) (Bridge Hotel) £12