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

 Beatrix Ward-Fernandez Trio-Zoe Gilby
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