Sunday 30th March – HAVANA CLUB 5


Havana Club 5 are a gifted Latin Jazz ensemble playing a spirited mix of standard and original tunes with authentic Latin and Afro-Cuban grooves. They have been receiving rave reviews. Please support your local jazz venues and help us to continue these great jazz nights by coming along the The Bridge, every Sunday night, 8pm(‘ish).


Sunday 16th March – THE NIK SVARC ORGAN TRIO


Last February, this amazing trio came to Splinter Jazz @ The Bridge and produced a brilliant performance. If you missed it, you have another chance to hear what must be one of the best organ trios in the UK with superlative playing from Nik Svarc (gtr); Martin Longhawn (org); Steve Hanley (dms).

Read last years review from the “Bebop Spoken Here” blog HERE

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)

Sunday 9th March – TORI FREESTONE TRIO


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)




“A flute and reeds player of nicely sinuous melodic invention.”  - The Telegraph


“The versatile tenorist/flautist, her sound pure toned yet incisive in the upper register in the manner of US master Mark Turner.”
- The Evening Standard


“The excellent saxophonist Tori Freestone makes for a very impressive listen. Robust tenor work.”
 – Jazzwise Magazine

“A pleasingly circumspect but powerful and cogent saxophonist.”
- Vortex Jazz Review

“Tori Freestone has a warm and open tone, her playing is melodic and innovative, exploring the full range of the saxophone.”
- All About Jazz

“Freestone’s tenor solos are models of contemporary jazz styling.”
- Jazz Journal

Great website HERE

In the Chophouse is the debut album from Tori Freestone, a saxophonist, flautist and violinist who has been performing at the forefront of the British improvised music scene as both a side women and highly regarded bandleader for over a decade. Her multi-faceted skills have seen her work as a core member with such diverse bands as the Ivo Neame Quintet/Octet, ‘Compassionate Dictatorship’ (her own co-led group with Jez Franks), Loop Collective’s Rory Simmons as well as artists such as the Cuban group ’Orquesta Timbala’, singer Brigitte Beraha, saxophone colossus Andy Sheppard and trumpeter Neil Yates. Indeed this wealth of experiences has shaped Freestone’s playing and composing and this is highly evident on her debut. A robust tenor sound, melodic invention and a balance between wit and playfulness in her original songs mark Freestone’s music out, not to mention a strong willingness to blur the lines between the written and improvised. Comprised of long-time musical associates in the uber-creative drummer Tim Giles and highly original bassist Dave Manington, the trio has been developing Tori’s repertoire which explores the openness that the saxophone trio allows while taking inspiration from some of the non-chordal sax led trios of the moment. This group dynamic has culminated into a program of music that has been developed over the last few years and, excitedly, has been recorded for Freestone’s first appearance as a leader on Whirlwind Recordings.

From moments of intensity and volume to passages of calm, folk-influenced soundscapes, In the Chophouse showcases three highly experienced and eclectic musicians at their very best. From the first note their approach to openness allows the music to dictate the proceedings which also invites the listener to take a strong role in the interpretation of the music. Freestone’s assent to solo artist has been a timed move, but one that has been certainly worth the wait.


Sunday 2nd March – The Johnny Hunter Quartet

The Johnny Hunter Quartet are a contemporary Jazz group who formed to explore the freedoms and challenges presented by the absence of a harmony instrument.  They play mostly original material written by Johnny, specifically for this line up.  It features Ben Watte (tenor sax), Graham South (trumpet), Stewart Wilson (double bass) and Johnny Hunter (drums). They released their first recording, “Appropriations”, on Efpi Records on 16th December 2013.  You can download a PDF of the Efpi press release here.  This is the wonderful artwork by the brilliant artist, Angela Guyton!

website :-

Review :-