What’s On: Newcastle Festival of Jazz and Improvised Music

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Festival Warm Up: Saturday 25th September

Newcastle Festival of Jazz and Improvised Music: Thursday 30th September – Sunday 3rd October

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The Festival

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.

The Artists

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.

The Venues

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  


The Globe  


Author: Evie Hill

Image: Photograph by Chris Lucas

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