The Final Splinter Gig – Sunday 26th April 2015 – “YANA”

This Sunday sees the last ever Splinter Jazz @ The Bridge performance, and it’s Corey Mwamba and his trio “Yana”.

Splinter has seen some great musicians over the years, but it is time to call it a day. Very poor support from both the public and local musicians, and with the attendances some weeks matching only the number of band members on stage, has resulted in the decision to close. As they say, use it or lose it.

I’m sure that the final gig will be a fantastic evening of jazz and improvisation of the highest quality from some of the best musicians in the UK.

Thanks to the “regulars” who have supported Splinter over the years, without you, Splinter could not have existed at all.

Doors 7:30pm : £6 entry : Music starts 8.15pm
There is no wheelchair access to this venue.
The Bridge Hotel
Castle Square
Newcastle
NE1 1RQ
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Corey Mwamba, Dave Kane and Johnny Hunter improvise collectively to create an open, living music.

“Yana” got together in Stratford-upon-Avon on a dark and stormy night in November 2008, and from there have undertaken a Jazz Services national tour; performed at Manchester Jazz Festival; and supported jazz saxophone legend David Murray.

The music is a free-wheeling, spontaneous mixture of styles. This trio has developed a process entirely focussed on creating highly expressive live music that’s full of grooves and sounds composed, but is not; and playing compositions that don’t sound composed at all, but are.

How it all works is not always clear; but the process is always fascinating to hear, and the results can be truly moving.

Their newest studio recording is called don’t overthink it, which has garnered favourable attention in Jazzwise (4 ****), on All About Jazz and in a critics’ chart on The Wire’s website.

Dave Kane plays bass. He’s released a critically-acclaimed album called Eye of the Duck on the Edition Records label; plays with pianist Matthew Bourne and Stephen Davis and has a fantastic duo with the trumpeter Alex Bonney which performed with Ken Vandermark in 2008. Dave is also founder of a creative musicians’ collective in Leeds called LIMA. There’s more info on Dave’s web-site.

Johnny Hunter is a northern UK-based drummer who comes from a background of both the Avant-Garde and the more mainstream Jazz. He has performed or recorded with such esteemed musicians as Benn Clatworthy, Mick Beck, Nat Birchall, Jamil Sheriff, Jamie Taylor, Pete Fairclough, Walt Shaw, Corey Mwamba, Steve Beresford, Graham Clark, Adam Fairhall and Steve Berry to name a few. He is also heavily involved in the Reggae and Dub scene.

Corey Mwamba plays the vibraphone. As well as having made four electro-acoustic albums, Corey is on two albums made by Quantic, two by Nat Birchall, one by Arun Ghosh and one by Ty. He’s worked with lots of people including Mat Maneri and Lucian Ban, The Heliocentrics, Orphy Robinson, Robert Mitchell, Andy Hamilton, Scanner and Tony Kofi.

(credit for the above pic & info to Seven Jazz, Leeds)

This Sunday, 19th April 2015 – “Bradley Johnston’s Unity Band”

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Bradley Johnston on guitar, Peter Gilligan on piano, Paul Grainger on Bass and Tim Johnston on Drums.

Here is an earlier review from Bebop Spoken Here of a recent gig at the Jazz Cafe in Newcastle.

http://lance-bebopspokenhere.blogspot.co.uk/2015/02/bradley-johnston-quartet-jazz-cafe.html?m=1

Doors 7:30pm : £6 entry : Music starts 8.15pm :
There is no wheelchair access to this venue.
The Bridge Hotel
Castle Square
Newcastle
NE1 1RQ

This weekend – 10th, 11th and 12th April – Gateshead International Jazz Festival

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There is nothing on at Splinter Jazz @ The Bridge on Sunday – but there is a lot happening at the Gateshead International Jazz Festival at The Sage from Friday 10th to Sunday 12th April.
The programme is packed with something for jazz fans of all kinds – from the casual listener to the hard-core jazz devotee. There’s also lots to tempt fans of funk, soul and blues.Headliners include; American saxophonist David Sanborn, guitar legend John Scofield, vocalist/pianist Jon Cleary, jazz funk lynchpins the James Taylor Quartet, UK soul, gospel and R&B diva Ruby Turner, legendary British big band Loose Tubes, American saxophonist Joshua Redman, rising star Jarrod Lawson and a unique performance of Stan Tracey’s Under Milk Wood AND MUCH MORE!

You can find full details HERE or by clicking on the pic above.

Next week (Sunday 26th) at Splinter Jazz @ The Bridge – COREY MWAMBA – full details to follow.

Sunday 5th April 2015 – Tom Harrison Quartet

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Tom Harrison (saxophone), Jamil Sheriff (keyboards), Conor Chaplin (bass), David Lyttle (drums)
Doors 7:30pm : £6 entry : Music starts 8.15pm :
There is no wheelchair access to this venue.
The Bridge Hotel
Castle Square
Newcastle
NE1 1RQ
Saxophonist Tom Harrison first came to Splinter in 2012 with his ‘Dagda’ project, featuring Jean Toussaint. Now he returns with his latest quartet, packed with quality right across the bandstand – acclaimed pianist Jamil Sheriff, in-demand bassist Conor Chaplin (most recently on Tyneside with the Laura Jurd Septet), and drummer David Lyttle, described as “awesome” by Jazz Journal. But “awesome” really applies to the whole band – high powered contemporary jazz at its best

Sunday 29th March 2015 – “DUENDE” Steve Glendinning & Mark Williams

Doors 7:30pm : £6 entry : Music starts 8.15pm : There is no wheelchair access to this venue.

The Bridge Hotel
Castle Square
Newcastle
NE1 1RQ

A change to the original listing – Mark Williams and Steve Glendinning, both veterans of the jazz guitar scene locally, nationally  and internationally. A tour de force of jazz guitar from early to modern, Django to McLaughlin, some choice standards and originals from the sublime to the ridiculous. An evening not to be missed.

Next Gig – Tam de Villiers Quartet – Sun Mar 22, 2015

Doors 7:30pm : £6 entry : Music starts 8.15pm : There is no wheelchair access to this venue.

The Bridge Hotel
Castle Square
Newcastle
NE1 1RQ

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Having lived in Paris since 2003, Scottish guitarist Tam de Villiers has carved out a creative approach that is perhaps more widely appreciated on the French scene than here in Britain. But all that is about to change as his quartet’s third album, ‘Panacea’, is released on the London-based Whirlwind label, and the group embarks on its first UK tour, part of a wider sweep through Europe.

The quartet, drawn from the best of the new generation of French musicians, has itself been together for nearly a decade, and has developed a group interplay that deftly sidesteps fleeting trends, instead drawing on a melting pot of influences that are combined seamlessly into an original voice. What starts as a jazz piece might take an excursion through contrapuntal baroque fantasy, abrasive progressive rock, and rockabilly twangs, before arriving at a hypnotic resolution that provides a subtly different perspective on the starting point. It’s eclectic, but not willfully so, with every element contributing to a carefull crafted balance.

Describing Tam de Villiers as “an excellent guitarist”, French star Marc Ducret has commended his “fascinating compositions at a very high level”. This Bridge Hotel gig gives us a chance to share in the excellence and the fascination.

This gig is promoted by ‘Splinter @ the Bridge’, and is supported by Jazz North East

Sunday – 8th March 2015 -Beatrix Ward-Fernandez Trio + Watching Sideways

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A  JNE promotion: Doors 7:30pm: Music starts 8.15pm : There is no wheelchair access to this venue.The Bridge Hotel
Castle Square
Newcastle
NE1 1R
Admission £ 8 ( £ 6 concessions)

 

Theremins are like the No.37 bus – you wait ages for one to come along, and then two arrive shortly after each other!

In October 2014 JNE featured Pamelia Kurstin, the first theremin player to appear in nearly 50 years of Jazz North East programming, and now JNE are immensely pleased to welcome Beatrix Ward-Fernandez as part of our wide-ranging ‘Women Make Music’ series. She comes to the Bridge with her long established trio, featuring fellow members of the Sheffield free music scene in Derek Saw (providing a kaleidoscopic underpinning from trumpet, tuba and slide trombone) and the master of asymmetrical percussion Charlie Collins. This is music that moves effortlessly between ghost-like sonic spaciousness and rampaging swing vamps.

An equally adventurous approach comes from Zoë Gilby, unveiling her ‘Watching Sideways’ project in which she combines vocals with electronic effects. We’ve become accustomed to the use of electronic delays, distortions and looping by instrumentalists, but Zoë is breaking genuinely new ground in applying these techniques to her voice. There’s no doubt that Zoë has all the attributes to become one of the UK’s leading ‘straightahead’ jazz singers, but her interest in experimentation marks her out as a truly creative artist, and we’re proud to be able to support her with this debut performance.

Tickets for this gig are available from Newcastle Arts Centre (0191 261 5999) or Reflex Records (0191 260 3246)

This gig is financially assisted by the PRS Foundation’s ‘Women Make Music’ scheme

Sunday 1st March – “Tipping Point” Quartet.

Doors 7:30pm : £6 entry : Music starts 8.15pm : There is no wheelchair access to this venue.

The Bridge Hotel
Castle Square
Newcastle
NE1 1R

Tipping Point

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Whilst touring and recording extensively with the Mercury, MOBO and Jazz FM nominated Roller Trio, saxophonist James Mainwaring has been writing and rehearsing his new project Tipping Point. With an ongoing interest in collaboration, he formed this monster line-up to explore his complex, melodic and experimental compositions, unleashing it onto the UK scene with the Emerging Excellence Award and support from Jazz Services Recording. With improvised music legend Matthew Bourne (Fender Rhodes) and some of the UK’s most individual instrumentalists; Michael Bardon (double bass) and Joost Hendrickx (drums), the compositions naturally become launch pads for telepathic improvisations that move through playful melodies, reflective ambience and intense aggression.

Members of the band have previously collaborated on projects such as; Dave Kane’s Rabbit Project, Stoop Quintet, Tokyo Doorbells, the Fusebox Orchestra, Shatners Bassoon and Mainwaring/Bardon/Horne amongst many others. It was whilst studying at Leeds College of Music when Mainwaring, Bardon and Hendrickx met and were tutored by Bourne, a pianist whose innovative approach to improvisation and teaching proved to be a great influence on them as well as Leeds’ unique, forward-thinking scene as a whole.

Toying with language internalised from a vast range of music such as jazz, contemporary classical and north Indian classical, Tipping Point aims to evoke playfulness, mindfulness, darkness and the extremes of emotion that fester in the corners of a mind held hostage in a stagnant society, inviting the listener on a journey that confronts their inner demons.