Sunday 1st December 2013 – Zoë Gilby

zoe-gilby-tour1The opening gig of Zoe Gilby’s UK tour. See other venues and dates below.

Twelve Stories album launch is THIS Sunday at Splinter @ The Bridge.

The tickets/reserved seats are selling like hot cakes at £6 in advance.

On the night, door fee is £8 per ticket. Get your advance tickets through Zoe’s contact form at

Bridge Hotel, Castle Garth, Newcastle upon Tyne, Tyne and Wear NE1 1RQ0191 232 6400

Doors 7.30pm : Performance 8.15pm


    Zoe Gilby: Looking Glass


Sunday 24th November – The Ollie Howell Group


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

Doors 7.30pm : Performance 8pm’ish : Entry £6

Ollie Howell is a multi-award winning drummer, composer, bandleader and international recording artist. Currently based in London, and already establishing a name for himself both in the UK and abroad, Ollie is wowing audiences around the globe with his creativity, dynamism and stunning improvisation, as well as a highly acclaimed repertoire of original music. Since 2009, Ollie has also become the mentee of musical legend Quincy Jones. Quincy and Ollie first met in 2009, whilst Ollie was studying a bachelor degree in Music at the Royal Welsh College of Music and Drama. Quincy recalls their first meeting:“When I arrived at the school, the jazz department had arranged a musical performance from its best students. Obviously, this happens to me a lot when I travel. But what doesn’t normally happen is for me to be floored by the performance of one of the musicians.”After first watching Ollie perform, Quincy quickly became Ollie’s mentor and is still continually helping to propel his career and introducing him to stalwarts of the international jazz scene.

In 2012, The Ollie Howell Quintet were awarded the prestigious Peter Whittingham Development Award, administered by the Musicians Benevolent Fund, which has become one of the most sought-after jazz awards in the UK.Born in Wallingford, UK, Ollie began playing the piano at the age of seven under the tutelage of a jazz pianist who introduced him to the blues, jazz and Art Blakey. The sounds of all three steered Ollie towards the drums by age thirteen, and professional work as a drummer shortly thereafter. Ollie graduated from the Royal Welsh College of Music and Drama with a first class honours degree in Music, and whilst studying there Ollie was presented with a special ‘Music Innovation Award’ from the National Welsh-American Foundation, honouring his commitment to new musical connections and projects between Wales and North America. In 2009, Ollie was selected for a quartet showcasing Jazz talent in Wales, which was commissioned by the National Welsh Assembly for a tour to China.

Now signed to the prestigious Whirlwind Recordings, which has quickly become one of the most important up and coming labels, promoting music from all over the globe, Ollie has recorded his debut album, being released on 23.09.13. Recorded in London, and mixed and mastered by New York based, 4-time Grammy nominee Tyler McDiarmid, this stunning debut, ‘Sutures and Stitches’ contains a superb collection of original compositions, features some of the brightest emerging stars on the British jazz scene, and has quickly become one of the most anticipated jazz releases of 2013. As well as some incredible musical performances and compositions, this album also has an incredible back-story. In 2009 Ollie was suddenly diagnosed with a brain malformation called Arnold Chiari Type 2, which meant that over the past few years, Ollie has had to have several neurosurgeries, the latest being in April 2012. All of the music on this album was written during, and influenced by, the incredible journey that Ollie went through during this defining point in his life. This eagerly anticipated debut comprises a superb collection of original compositions that take some big inspiration from the diverse sounds springing from the contemporary London and NYC jazz scenes, a strong dedication to melodic and memorable themes, driving grooves and features some of the brightest emerging stars on the UK jazz scene.

Ollie is also being mentored by jazz drumming legend Jimmy Cobb who, after hearing Ollie play in 2009, quickly took him under his wing and is continuing to be incredibly supportive of Ollie’s emerging career. In 2013, Ollie and his quintet held a 2-night residency at the world famous Ronnie Scott’s Jazz Club in London, as the special guest support act for Jimmy Cobb and his group ‘Jazz Heads ‘, also featuring legendary saxophonist Pee Wee Ellis.

Ollie’s electrifying performances, superb compositions, and explosive improvisation place him amongst the finest young jazz talent in the UK.

Sean Noonan & the Suwalki String Quartet – Sun Nov 17, 2013

Bridge Hotel, Castle Garth, Newcastle upon Tyne, Tyne and Wear NE1 1RQ0191 232 6400
Doors 7.30pm : Performance 8pm’ish 
Joint promotion with Jazz North East – Entry £8/6 (Concessions)

IF the jazz world possesses a more restlessly innovative musician than Irish-American drummer Sean Noonan, weʼve yet to find him. Sean first came to Tyneside over a decade ago with the remorseless jazz-punk trio The Hub, and has been back since with his African influenced group ʻBrewed by Noonʼ, a wildly eccentric duo with keyboards maverick Matthew Bourne, and most recently with two lederhosen-clad friends in his Bavarian Trio! Now he returns with his most ambitious project yet, a collaboration with Polandʼs Suwalki String Quartet.

Unlike many jazz musicians who use string sections just for colour, Sean has composed a challenging original suite for the ensemble, based around his own story ʻA Gamblerʼs Handʼ. A recording on the Songlines label and live performances on both sides of the Atlantic have drawn ecstatic reviews. Critical Jazz described it as “a dynamic and virtually faultless execution of art at an apex of creativity few can match”, while Lucid Culture called it “a category unto itself – and one of the best albums of 2012 in any style of music”. But if any of this sounds a little daunting, reassurance comes from influential American reviewer S Victor Aaron: “You think this might be boring? Cʼmon man, relax, this is Sean Noonan … itʼs like nothing else out there”.

We agree. Thereʼs nothing else, and nobody else, quite like Sean, and weʼre really looking forward to this latest step in his unique musical evolution.

JAM SESSION! – Sunday 10th November 2013

Everyone welcome, free entry, donations welcome of course.

Come on you local jazz musicians, pick up your instruments and get yourselves down to the Bridge Hotel in Newcastle for an 8PM start.

House band:

Alan Law – keys

Jonathan Marriott – drums

John Pope – bass

Non musicians welcome too!

The last jam session was a roaring success and enjoyed by all – please come along and make the effort to help keep jazz alive in the North East and support our jazz nights at The Bridge Hotel.

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

Zoe Gilby – New Album – UK Tour – 2013

Zoe Gilby Quartet, UK tour, December 2013.

Friday, November 08, 2013

We have received the following press release regarding the forthcoming tour;

Zoë Gilby Quartet

The above band has received a Jazz Services National Touring Support Scheme grant for their new tour.

Zoë Gilby – Vocals
Mark Williams – Guitar
Andy Champion – Double Bass
Richard Brown – Drums

Performing a repertoire that encompasses a wide range of contemporary material, including with innovative interpretations of The Great American Songbook and original compositions, Zoë Gilby’s quartet comprises some superb musicians, all performing in with a finely tuned sense of musical sympathy and harmony. 2010’s Looking Glass established the group on record as a classy vocal-led outfit, and this is followed up by the release of Twelve Stories, originally recorded in 2012, due for release at the end of 2013 and showcased on this Jazz Services tour. With a great range and versatility at her disposal, Zoë leads a tried, tested and trusted line-up that makes the material their own. A truly enticing live prospect.

“A wide vocal range, warm timbre and clear diction which she uses skilfully to unveil her moods. It’s clear that she’s already found her own voice.” – All About Jazz, USA

“an exuberant singer whose lively personality comes across on every track. Sheer enjoyment throughout.” – JazzUK

“An impressive performance from a sophisticated young singer. Her voice has real character. Powerfully sultry and expertly handled.” – Jazz Journal International

The Bridge Hotel,
Castle Garth, Newcastle-upon-Tyne, NE1 1RQ

Dacre Hall,
Lanercost, Brampton Cumbria CA8 2HQ

The Forum,
Borough Road, Darlington DL1 1SG

Woodhouses Working Mens Club
62 Medlock Rd, Failsworth, Manchester M35 9WN
0161 681 3562

The Cottage,
148 Thunder Lane, Thorpe Sty Andrew, Norwich NR7 0JD
01603 614 169

Spice of Life,
6 Moor Street, London W1
07870 915 682

The Blue Boar,
29 Market Close, Poole, Dorset BH15 1NE
07710 277 766

Colston Hall Foyer,
Colston Street, Bristol BS1 5AR
0844 877 1500
(free entry)

Jazz Services
Jazz Services provides a voice and support for UK Jazz; promoting its growth, accessibility and development in the UK and abroad. Services include advice, advocacy, communications, education, information, marketing, publishing, research and touring. Jazz Services is recognised as a committed campaigner providing a valued voice for jazz in the UK. Jazz Services publishes Jazz UK, a free magazine with a print run of 25,000 that is distributed through venues, colleges, libraries and shops.

Jazz Services works closely with the National Youth Jazz Orchestra (NYJO), which is an autonomous body that receives its Arts Council England funding through Jazz Services. NYJO also receives funds from private donors, Youth Music and the Musicians’ Benevolent Fund. Every year NYJO organizes over 100 open workshops for jazz musicians up to the age of 25 and more than 40 concerts.

Jazz Services gratefully acknowledges the support of Arts Council England and also the Performing Right Society for Music Foundation for their support on the Jazz Promoters Award Scheme.

For further information, contact Chris Hodgkins
Jazz Services, 132 Southwark Street, London, SE1 0SW
TEL: 020 7928 9089 Email:

Sunday 3rd November 2013 – Preston, Glasgow and Lowe


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

Doors 7.30pm : performance 8pm’ish : Entry £6


Formed in 2011 Preston-Glasgow-Lowe are a new dynamic group consisting of 3 of London’s most creative young instrumentalists. Sharing on-stage credentials with esteemed musicians such as John Scofield, the Foreign Exchange, Melody Gardot, Robert Mitchell, and Tommy Smith, they bring a unique and seasoned sound derived from their work as side-men combined with their shared love of improvisation, intricate composition, rhythm, and accessible melodies. Aiming to expand upon the format of the guitar trio they combine their virtuosic skills as soloists and accompanists with extensive composition and elaborate arrangements.

David Preston was born 1984 in London. He studied at Trinity College of Music, he has recorded and performed internationally with Melody Gardot, and toured the UK with Ian Shaw featuring on 3 of his albums and musically directing two of them. He has also worked with UK-based instrumentalists Martin Taylor, Barak Schmool & F-IRE Collective, Peter Ind, Zhenya Strigalev, Empirical & Ayanna Witter Johnson, Mark Mondesir, Mike Mondesir, Pete King, Julian Siegal and Guy Barker.

He has performed at the Glasgow, Edinburgh, Cheltenham, Cork and London Jazz Festivals as well as at London venues, Palladium, Queen Elizabeth Hall, Ronnie Scotts, the Vortex, 606, BBC Radio 1 & 3. As part of the 2010 Melody Gardot tour he also played at L’Olympia concert hall in Paris.

He has currently been involved in many diverse projects including leading the group Meridian with Empirical drummer Shane Forbes, recording a quartet EP of his own original compositions featuring Ernesto Simpson, Brandon Allen & Tom Farmer, MD to Ian Shaw, and writing with Melody Gardot earlier in 2012.

Kevin Glasgow was born in Inverness in 1983 to musical parents Dick and Sabine. When he was 9 years old the family moved to Northern Ireland, where he started learning guitar and playing traditional Irish music sessions with his parents.

At the age of 16 Kevin began playing bass guitar and later moved back to Scotland to study Popular Music at Napier University in Edinburgh. Whilst there he played regularly on the Edinburgh jazz circuit. Since graduating, he has played internationally at venues such as Ronnie Scott’s, the 606, the Queen Elizabeth Hall, Dizzy’s Club Coca-Cola (Lincoln Center NYC) and festivals such as Glastonbury, Xerox Rochester International, Edmonton International Jazz Festival Jazz Festival, Edinburgh Jazz & Blues Festival, the Isle of White Jazz Festival, the Glasgow International Jazz & Blues Festival, and the London Jazz Festival.

He has performed with Tommy Smith, Tony Monaco, Clark Tracey, Joe Locke, Asaf Sirkis, Gareth Lockrane, and the Scottish National Jazz Orchestra (featuring soloists such as John Scofield, Bill Evans, Randy Brecker, Peter Erskine and Julian Joseph). Kevin has also performed on BBC Radio Scotland and BBC Radio 3.

In 2008 Kevin moved to London where he now resides. He currently plays bass and guitar in a number of projects, including Tommy Smith’s ‘Karma’, the Seb Pipe’s Life Experience, the Nicolas Meier Trio, and the Asaf Sirkis trio.

Laurie Lowe has been playing drums since the age of six and has gained experience playing with many different artists in many different genres of music. He began his musical career at Redbridge Music Service, playing orchestral percussion in various ensemble sand had the opportunity to perform in world class venues such as the Royal Albert Hall.

While still in his teens, he was also playing jazz gigs as a freelance musician around the London scene. He left Redbridge music service and then completed a one year course at Drumtech.

Since then Laurie has gone on to play with some of the top Jazz musicians in the country such as; Gilad Atzmon, Nicolas Meier, Jim Mullen, Tony Kofi, Dave O’Higgins, Andy Sheppard, Mike Mondesir, Robert Mitchell, Zhenya Strigalev and Carl Orr, to name a few, in such venues as Ronnie Scott’s, Pizza Express (Dean Street), Charlie Wright’s, 606 and Jazz Café. Laurie has also toured with the Grammy Nominated American Hip Hop/R&B group ‘’The Foreign Exchange’’, receiving widespread critical acclaim.

Laurie is currently involved in various projects including Robert Mitchell’s ‘Panacea’ and funk/fusion group ‘’Groove Razors’’ led by Polish keys player/composer Tomasz Zyrmont.