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‘Splinter’ sessions at the Bridge Hotel have been a feature of the Tyneside jazz scene since 2009, originally as a forum for local musicians but increasingly mixing it up with exciting young players from all points of the compass. This double bill is a spin-off from Splinter’s adventurous programme.
Graeme Wilson (saxophone) and Mark Williams (guitar) have worked together in several bands, but only last December did they play their first Splinter gig as a duo. It was an instant success, with each of them contributing compositions and exploring ideas that don’t get heard in bigger groups. It’s great to have them here at the festival, trying out more new approaches.
From the trio bass player Andy Champion is ‘Mr Splinter’, programming the Sunday night gigs, and drummer Mark Sanders has been a regular visitor with some of the world’s finest improvisers. Luxembourg-based saxophonist Roby is making his first visit to the area; he was spotted by Jazz North East playing in Europe, and they were so impressed that they set about arranging to bring him to the UK. Roby Glod Trio come together here for their debut performance.
Photograph: Roby Glod
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