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Featuring great bands from across Sage Gateshead’s Learning & Participation programme, including our BMus Jazz, Popular and Commercial Music programme and Young Musicians Programme, as well as other renowned ensembles from across the region. This afternoon of free music can be enjoyed by everyone.
1.30pm – 2pm
An upbeat contemporary, teenage jazz ensemble directed by James Birkett and part of Sage Gateshead Centre for Advanced Training.
2.30pm – 3pm
The 1930’s, 1940’s and 1950’s produced some of the greatest music ever written, played by some of the best musicians. Anthony Purdy’s Swing Jazz Guitar captures the sounds and styles of some of the great musicians from this golden era in music.
3.30pm – 4pm
Abducted by Aliens
Abducted by Aliens are a Newcastle based trio with a mission to bring improvised spontaneity from the outer limits.
4.30pm – 5pm
The Slowlight Quartet
The Slowlight Quartet combine a love of great melodies, catchy chords and exciting rhythms to create accessible modern melodic jazz which will make your heart soar. Influenced by EST, Portico Quartet, Nile Cowley and Cinematic Orchestra they nonetheless are forging their own path and developing a distinctive and unique voice. Recent gigs at well establish jazz venues such as Matt & Phreds and Zeffirellis and a support slot with Stuart McCallum (Cinematic Orchestra) show this band are making serious strides forward only 10 months after playing their first gig. Their debut EP ‘? Parts’ will be released on May 25th 2014. theslowlightquartet.co.uk
5.30pm – 6pm
Northumberland Youth Jazz Orchestra
One of the Northumberland Music Services top level ensembles, showcasing students from across the whole of the county, the band generally follows a big band set up and performs a variety of traditional and contemporary jazz styles and works.
6.30pm – 7pm
The Shefaffa Trio Plus Selected Guests
This year we’re celebrating the 10th anniversary of the UK’s biggest jazz festival under one roof outside London. Known as the Spring Quartet, this powerful ensemble on its first visit to the UK, brings together Jack DeJohnette, the peerless drummer at the heart of many of the...