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“The jazz band’s radical polystylism lit up the club like a supernova” The Arts Desk. Read the full review.
“…a triumph, with the multi-coloured maverick monstrosity back in force.“ Jazzwise
“The return of Loose Tubes after 24 years could have been the biggest damp squib in recent jazz history. But in the opening second of their reunion debut at Cheltenham, the 21-piece band put the hearts of anxious fans in their mouths and sprayed sparks straight through to a standing ovation” The Guardian, 2014
Thirty years on and Loose Tubes’ anarchic and uniquely exhilarating music is still reverberating through the UK music scene.
“They could sound like a rock band, a circus band a Saturday night South African townships outfit, Duke Ellington – often at the same time” The Guardian
The 21 piece line-up reads like a veritable Who’s Who of a brilliant generation of musicians, from maverick keyboardist Django Bates to saxophonists Mark Lockheart (Polar Bear), from Iain Ballamy (Food) to irrepressible trombonist and charismatic MC Ashley Slater (Freak Power, Kitten and the Hip) and trumpeter Chris Batchelor (Big Air).
Playing some of their greatest hits (including Yellow Hill, Shelley, The Last Word, Village and Sunny) the band will also present new music after a collective decision that they “definitely didn’t want to be their own tribute band” resulted in a BBC Radio 3 commission for new works from composers Chris Batchelor, Django Bates, Steve Berry, and Eddie Parker. Their return was triumphant – fresh, forward-looking and as crazily inventive as ever.
Loose Tubes line-up: Flutes: Eddie Parker, Clarinets: Dai Pritchard Alto / Soprano saxophones: Steve Buckley & Iain Ballamy. Tenor Saxophone: Mark Lockheart & Julian Nicholas, Baritone: Julian Argüelles, Trumpets: Lance Kelly, Noel Langley, Chris Batchelor & John Eacott Trombones: Paul Taylor, Ashley Slater & Richard Pywell, Bass Trombone: Richard Henry, Tuba: Dave Powell, Keyboards: Django Bates, Guitar: John Parricelli, Bass: Steve Watts, Drums: Martin France, Percussion: Louise Petersen Matjeka
‘On the Edge of a Perfect Moment’ is the title of the recording made by saxophonist/composer Andy Sheppard and the exceptional Italian pianist Rita Marcotulli. Their musical partnership personifies the art of the improvising duo, with delightfully witty musical exchanges.
Rita has been an important presence in European jazz over the years, bringing a characteristically Mediterranean warmth and vigour to her music since Andy has played a significant role in Sage Gateshead’s ten year journey – performing several times since the opening weekend in December 2004. ‘Andy Sheppard’s Five Sided Dream’ was developed for our fifth birthday, and we now welcome him back to open the final Hall One concert in this year’s festival.
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Loose Tubes © Allan Titmuss
Gateshead International Jazz Festival is delighted to announce an exciting international line-up for its 11th edition with its trademark mix of UK, European and international jazz icons, hot new talent and some of the best of the thriving Northern jazz scene. The programme is packed with...