Tonight 23rd October – SHIVER @ The Central Bar, Gateshead


Last minute shout for a stunning Jazz North East gig at the Central Bar in Gateshead TONIGHT.

If you are into contemporary musical fireworks, this is one not to be missed.

Admission £ 8 ( £ 6 concessions)
The Central Bar is situated at  Half Moon Ln, Gateshead, Tyne and Wear NE8 2AN : Phone:0191 478 2543 details here

Shiver, Sharkey

WITH his role in the hugely popular groups Acoustic Ladyland and trioVD, guitarist Chris Sharkey has come to be recognised as one of the most innovative musicians on the UK’s contemporary jazz scene. But since the disbandment of both those groups, the question has been, “What will Sharkey do next?”.

Well, here’s the answer. Chris describes his new group, Shiver, as “a love letter to the electric guitar, melody, rhythm, energy and volume”, and we’re immensely pleased that he asked Jazz North East to help launch the trio with this gig at Gateshead’s Central Bar. With the thundering maximalism of Andy Champion’s bass, Joost Hendrickx’s reflexive/explosive drumming, and Chris’s own brand of incendiary guitar pyrotechnics, Shiver is a band that ventures far beyond the normal confines of the ‘power trio’ format to incorporate influences from jazz, garage rock, electronic dance music, and all forms of improvised music. But these are just influences – what emerges from the mix is a potent and distinctive new approach that takes the trio into uncharted territory.

There’s absolutely no doubt in our minds that this group has the potential to make a massive genre-busting impact . . . and this opportunity to hear them before they explode on to the UK scene is too good to miss.


Live Album Recording – Sunday 20th October – Lindsay Hannon Plus – Free Entry!


Bridge Hotel, Castle Garth, Newcastle upon Tyne, Tyne and Wear NE1 1RQ
0191 232 6400

Doors 7.30pm : performance 8pm’ish : FREE ENTRY (Sorry, no wheel chair access)

Lindsay and her great band are recording her album live tonight at Splinter @ The Bridge.

If you can make it, please come down – it is free entry, and we need lots of people to make lots of ambience and rapturous clapping noises!

Sunday 13th October – Rachael Cohen Quartet

Rachael Cohen Quartet

Bridge Hotel, Castle Garth, Newcastle upon Tyne, Tyne and Wear NE1 1RQ
0191 232 6400

Doors 7.30pm : performance 8pm’ish : Entry £6 (Sorry, no wheel chair access)

Guitar: Tom Ford
Bass: Calum Gourlay
Drums: Tommy Bashford 

Whirlwind Recordings is proud to introduce Scottish saxophonist Rachael Cohen. Originally hailing from the Shetland Islands, Rachael began her musical education on the piano at the tender age of 4. She picked up the saxophone five years later, and quickly racked up an impressive amount of experience and accolades, kindling an early passion for playing jazz.

When she was 12, Miss Cohen’s family moved south from the Shetlands to Edinburgh, and she enrolled in the acclaimed City of Edinburgh Music School. There she studied with some of the UK’s most admired musicians, including saxophonist Martin Kershaw and pianist Lynda Cochrane. As a star member of both the National Youth Jazz Orchestra of Scotland and Tommy Smith’s Youth Jazz Orchestra, she played alongside great British and International artists such as Joe Locke, Arild Andersen, Tommy Smith, Michael Janisch, Ryan Quigley, Mark Bassy, and Mark Lockheart, and in spectacular venues like London’s Southbank Centre, the CBSO Centre Birm, Glasgow City Halls and Old Fruitmarket, The HUB Edin, Edinburgh Castle, Holyrood Palace, The Edinburgh Jazz and Blues Fest, Glasgow Jazz Fest, and the now-defunct IAJE Convention in Toronoto, Ontario, Canada.
In 2006, Rachael won a scholarship to enroll in Jazz Studies at The Birmingham Conservatoire to study with Julian Siegel, Jean Toussaint, Mike Williams, Hans Koller, and the late Tony Levin. Additionally, she sought out tutelage from touring artists Dave Holland, George Garzone, Lee Konitz, Mike Gibbs, Donny McCaslin, Phil Robson, Ingrid Laubrock, and Jon Irabagon during their local engagements. She even supplied the lead alto role in John Hollenbeck’s big band project, which included the talents of New York vocalist Theo Bleckmann, and piano/organ sensation Gary Versace.
Upon commencement from Birmingham Conservatoire, Rachael immersed herself in the UK’s vast creative music scene, composing for and performing with local ensembles like Nick Jurd’s Quartet, Jim Bashford’s Trio, and her own Quartet and Trio. She can be heard performing at The Yardbird Jazz Club, Symphony Hall and the Midlands Arts Centre.
Rachael is a 2012 recipient of the prestigious “Stepping Up” Birmingham Jazz Grant, awarded to assist documenting the music of her working trio since 2008. The result will be released by Whirlwind Recordings Ltd, which has become one of the fastest growing and most talked-about new imprints for creative music. Cohen is also to become the first female leader to release on Whirlwind’s impressive growing roster of international talent.

To find out more visit Rachael’s artist page on Whirlwind Records website