Gateshead International Jazz Festival 2013

Jens Thomas and Verneri Pohjola- Speed of Grace – a tribute to AC/DC

Northern Rock Foundation Hall

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 who also appears with his quartet as part of Jazz from the North.

We think AC/DC lead singer Brian Johnson (from Gateshead!) would enjoy this new version of their songs!

Verneri Pohjola & Jens Thomas © Sebastian Schmidt
Jens Thomas credit © StevenHaberland

Part of 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...

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