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Festival Warm Up: Saturday 25th September
Newcastle Festival of Jazz and Improvised Music: Thursday 30th September – Sunday 3rd October
After a temporary hiatus, Newcastle Festival of Jazz and Improvised Music (NFJ&IM) is back, and better than ever! This year the festival will be presenting a stellar line up of events across four incredible venues, over the course of four days. It’s set to be an amazing celebration of jazz artists from across the UK, featuring in the beautiful local venues Newcastle has to offer. In the words of Jazz North East’s Wesley Stephenson, NFJ&IM is going to be ‘A multicultural mélange celebrating the rich tapestry of improvised music from the UK Jazz scene.’ We cannot wait to share this experience again with those in the North East and further afield! Read on to find out about the festival’s venues, artists, and more.
This year’s festival artists cover a diverse range of genres, influences, backgrounds and musical cultures. From Run Logan Run to Green Tangerines to Alina Bzhezhinska HipHarp Quartet, there’s something for everyone – NFJ&IM is here to satisfy and challenge our expectations, always providing something new when it comes to jazz and improvised music. Check out the artists below to find out more!
Alina Bzhezhinska HipHarp Quartet / Zoe Rahman / Warmer Than Blood
Ruth Goller / Fergus McCreadie Trio / Robert Mitchell / Run Logan Run
Pat Thomas / John Pope Quintet / Shiver / Huw V Williams Trio
Paul Edis / Zoë Gilby with Andy Champion / Ceitidh Mac / Spinningwork
Jo Ganter and Raymond MacDonald / Green Tangerines / Abbie Finn Trio
Mainly Two / John Pope / John Garner / Huw V Williams / DJ DaGu
And don’t forget the Festival Warm Up on 25th September! We can’t wait for the ‘Seeing Sounds’ Graphic Scores Exhibition with Jo Ganter and Raymond MacDonald , the ‘On The Corner’ Club Night, pre-concert talks with Pat Thomas and John Pope, and a jam session with the Abbie Finn House Band.
This year, Newcastle Festival of Jazz and Improvised Music is responding to the city’s need for a grass roots contemporary jazz festival, and the development of strong cohesive partnerships between key regional promoters including Jazz North East, Jazz Coop at The Globe, The Literary and Philosophical Society, Newcastle Arts Centre, Gosforth Civic Theatre and GemArts. See below for the local venues which the festival will be platforming, alongside our incredible set of artists.
Newcastle Arts Centre
(Gallery Space / The Black Swan Bar and Venue)
Gosforth Civic Theatre
The Literary and Philosophical Society
Author: Evie Hill
Image: Photograph by Chris Lucas