Gateshead International Jazz Festival 2014

Jean Toussaint Quartet; McCormack and Yarde Duo and the Elysian String Quartet Double Bill

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Pre-concert talk at 1pm in Hall Two: Alyn Shipton talks with Jean Toussaint (free to ticket holders)

Since saxophonist Jean Toussaint left Art Blakey’s Jazz Messengers, he hasn’t looked back. Nor has he spent a career trying to repeat the past. The experiences gained in that world-class hothouse have enabled him to push forward and embrace challenging and often high-profile musical collaborations in many different jazz styles.

Born in the Caribbean, Toussaint attended the prestigious Berklee College of Music in Boston along with future jazz stars Branford Marsalis, Greg Osby, Kevin Eubanks, Jeff Watts, Victor Bailey, Cindy Blackman, Donald Harrison and many others. While residing in New York after joining Art Blakey’s Jazz Messengers Toussaint regularly led the jam sessions at the famous Blue Note Jazz club.

Invited to teach at the Guildhall School of Music and Drama, Toussaint came to London in 1987 and still uses the capital as his base. Since moving to London he has, led his own bands and various projects, released ten CDs as a leader and guested on many more. Collaborations with musicians based in the UK have included Bheki Mseleku, Julian Joseph, Jason Rebello, Cleveland Watkiss and others.

Toussaint is also often invited to join tours with US musicians visiting Europe and most recently was on tour with pianist Cedar Walton and Donald Brown, trumpeter Eddie Henderson and an extensive tour of Europe the Middle East and New York with the great Jeff Watts.

… Toussaint displays a beautiful incisive tone that you can only compare to liquid crystal…TIME OUT

… Toussaint has … found a language that gracefully spans the gap between straight jazz and funk – it makes for some of his best playing…THE GUARDIAN

Following the success of their acclaimed debut collaboration, performing to a full house at LSO St Luke’s in London, the McCormack & Yarde Duo and the Elysian Quartet have finished a new album, due for release in early 2014.

The music is composed by McCormack & Yarde separately and together, reflecting their diverse musical backgrounds and experience in writing for a huge range of genre. From developed composition to fully integrated group improvisation by both ensembles together, the full scope of colourful possibilities are explored to unique and compelling effect.

Andrew McCormack & Jason Yarde first came together for a ‘one off’ performance at London’s, Vortex Jazz Club in 2008 and have since gone on to become one of the premier UK groups in the genre. Their album, ‘Places And Other Spaces’ received critical accolades internationally for its development as a project and the achievements made in the duo format.

Hailed by The New York Times as ‘astonishing’ the Elysian Quartet are a British String Quartet specialising in contemporary, experimental and improvised music. The quartet have been commissioned by BBC Radio 3’s Late Junction in collaboration with poet/rapper Kate Tempest, and have premiered many new commissions, including works by Graham Fitkin, Keith Tippett and Gabriel Prokofiev.

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