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The big band tradition is in very good hands with a rejuvenated National Youth Jazz Orchestra creating a very classy sound indeed under the direction of Mark Armstrong.
Familiar big band flagwavers sit alongside specially commissioned new arrangements – including some precociously brilliant writing from band members themselves. From a hard-swinging rhythm section to a raft of hugely talented young soloists, this is a big band in very good form, fresh from a triumphant night at the 2012 BBC Proms.
Featured guests reflect the sheer range of the orchestra’s skills, with trombonist Mark Nightingale – an old NYJO alumnus – and a new friend, saxophonist/composer Jason Yarde adding spice to what is sure to be a hugely enjoyable opening night.
“The bristling young crew that rocked the Proms…deep, rich and properly visceral when it needs to be“ (Jazzwise)
Jambone is Sage Gateshead’s own regional youth jazz ensemble, who each year work with a guest artist to prepare repertoire for the Jazz Festival- over the years these have included Andy Sheppard, Tom Bancroft, Ryan Quigley, Paul Towndrow, Jazz Jamaica and more. This year they appear hotfoot from a residential workshop with Tim Garland, and will perform some of the works developed with him, as well as other items from their repertoire.
Jacqui Dankworth is one of the most highly regarded vocalists in the UK. Her concert appearances and her stylistically diverse recordings showcase her virtuosic and effortless mastery of a wide spectrum of genres. Known primarily as a jazz singer, Jacqui also draws on folk, soul and blues influences, as well as her acute sensibility as a songwriter and lyricist. Also amongst the special guests joining NYJO are English jazz trombonist Mark Nightingale and saxophonist, Jason Yarde.
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Buy two or more tickets for either the Hall One or Hall Two Gateshead International Jazz Festival concerts (or a combination of both) and save money.
Buy tickets for two concerts and save £2 off each ticket (Save £4)
Buy tickets for three concerts and save £3 off each ticket (Save £9)
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Contact Ticket Office for more details and to obtain the offer: 0191 443 4661.
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...