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More artists announced for 10th Gateshead International Jazz Festival

Posted on 7 November 2013

Tickets on sale now for Courtney Pine, Polar Bear, the Scottish National jazz Orchestra and more

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Following the announcement in October of Gateshead International Jazz Festival 2014 headliners Django Bates and the Norrbotten Big Band, The Spring Quartet, Robert Glasper and Bill Frisell, tickets for five further performances including the well known British saxophonist, composer and broadcaster Courtney Pine, have now been released for sale.

Celebrating its 10th anniversary and renowned for being the UK’s biggest jazz festival under one roof outside London, the festival , programmed by Sage Gateshead in collaboration with London-based music producers Serious, runs from Friday 4 to Sunday 6 April 2014 at Sage Gateshead.

Tickets are now on sale for Saturday and Sunday performances by Courtney Pine – House of Legends; Jean Toussaint Quartet/McCormack and Yarde Duo with the Elysian String Quartet – double bill; Chris Sharkey’s SHIVER and Polar Bear – double bill; the Scottish National Jazz Orchestra – Jazz Toons (afternoon show) and the Scottish National Jazz Orchestra – In the Spirit of Duke.

Saturday 5 April

Courtney Pine – House of Legends will provide the climax to the bill on Saturday 5 April at 10.30pm, fresh from sell-out tours in the US, Canada and Europe. The House of Legends – Pine’s 15th studio album – is flavoured by the Caribbean with a mix of Merengue, Ska, Mento and Calypso. Joined by musicians from across the globe, multi-instrumentalist Pine plays soprano saxophone in a set that’s been described as ‘a joy throughout’ (BBC Music Magazine) and ‘unquestionably one of the most joyous albums Pine has ever made, it’s just brilliantly effective dance music’ by Jazzwise, which voted House of Legends its 2012 album of the year.

Jean Toussaint Quartet/McCormack and Yarde Duo with the Elysian String Quartet- Double Bill take to the stage at 2pm. The Jean Toussaint Quartet’s music falls between straight jazz and funk. Born in the Caribbean, band leader Toussaint is a composer and talented tenor/soprano saxophonist now based in London. A former member of Art Blakey’s Jazz Messengers, Toussaint is working on a new alum to follow up the critically acclaimed Live in Paris and London.

The McCormack & Yarde Duo first performed together in 2008 and their collaboration with the Elysian Quartet has resulted in a new album, due for release in early 2014. Pianist Andrew McCormack and saxophonist Jason Yarde both compose separately then come together to play. The Elysian Quartet is a string quartet specialising in contemporary, experimental and improvised music.

Sunday 6 April

The double bill of Chris Sharkey’s SHIVER and Polar Bear are on stage at 2pm. Gateshead-born Chris Sharkey’s new trio SHIVER features Chris on electric guitar, Andy Champion on electric bass, drummer Joost Hendricks and two special guests. They will premiere a new suite by Chris commissioned by the PRSF for Music Foundation to mark the 10th anniversary of Gateshead International Jazz Festival, influenced by the North East’s 20th century popular music culture. Expect loud guitars and influences from modern EDM to garage rock and improv/noise.

Mercury Prize nominees Polar Bear have led the way in attracting a younger audience to their brand of contemporary jazz; the band features tenor saxophonists Mark Lockheart and Pete Wareham, Tom Herbert on double bass, Sebastian Rochford on drums and Leafcutter John on electronics/guitar.
The Scottish National Jazz Orchestra – Jazz Toons: Top Cats, Action Men and Incredible Super-Heroes brings jazz to all the family on Sunday afternoon at 3pm with music from the movies and cartoons, including The Pink Panther, Top Cat, James Bond, Star Trek and the Flintstones.

The Scottish National Jazz Orchestra – In the Spirit of Duke features special guest Brian Kellock in a tribute to the great Duke Ellington. With music from across Ellington’s career, highlights of the Tommy Smith-directed set include Black and Tan Fantasy, Daybreak Express, Rockin’ In Rhythm, and a tenor-piano duet of The Single Petal of a Rose from The Queen’s Suite. The show starts at 7.30pm.

The 2014 festival, which mixes music with opportunities for plenty of audience participation, features a range of established and upcoming stars of the jazz world.

Ros Rigby, Performance Programme Director at Sage Gateshead, said: “_For the 10th Jazz Festival we have our strongest ever line up, with stars from the jazz scene coming to Gateshead from across the UK and Europe – as well as some great American names. We’re already had lots of interest and are confident these latest releases will see ticket sales soar._”

Gateshead International Jazz Festival takes place at Sage Gateshead from Friday April 4 to Sunday April 6, 2014. Tickets can be booked either by calling 0191 443 4661, online at www.sagegateshead.com/gijf14 or in person from Sage Gateshead’s Ticket Office.

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