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

Save The Dates Festival Warm Up: Saturday 25th September Newcastle Festival of Jazz and Improvised Music: Thursday 30th September – Sunday 3rd October To keep up to date with the festival, follow them on Facebook or Twitter. The Festival After a temporary hiatus, Newcastle Festival of Jazz and Improvised Music (NFJ&IM) is back, and betterContinue reading “What’s On: Newcastle Festival of Jazz and Improvised Music”

Archipelago – Echoes To The Sky

Archipelago are a North East trio fronted by multi-instrumentalist Faye MacCalman, and accompanied by bassist John Pope and drummer Christian Alderson. Archipelago are a band with innovative ideas and real creative potential – their music spans a huge range of influences, drawing upon the different individual musical backgrounds of each member. Echoes To The SkyContinue reading “Archipelago – Echoes To The Sky”

Shirley Smart Trio – Livestream Review

At The Globe on Sunday evening, trailblazing cellist Shirley Smart performed a diverse set of music which engaged and excited the virtual audience, alongside her incredibly talented trio featuring John Crawford on piano and Demi Garcia Sabat on percussion. Smart is known for the breadth and depth of her musical influences, spanning many different overlappingContinue reading “Shirley Smart Trio – Livestream Review”

Not Now Charlie – Livestream at The Globe

On Sunday evening, well-known local band Not Now Charlie played a livestreamed set at The Globe in Newcastle. The quintet consists of Jamie Toms on saxophone, Pawel Jedrzejewski on guitar, Richard Campbell on piano, Liam Gaughan on bass and Dave McKeague on drums. Not Now Charlie haven’t released new music since 2019, but considering theContinue reading “Not Now Charlie – Livestream at The Globe”

Matt Carmichael Quartet – Livestream Review

Last night, on International Jazz Day, Scottish saxophonist Matt Carmichael and his quartet performed at The Globe in Newcastle. A finalist in BBC Young Jazz Musician 2020 and winner of the Peter Whittingham Development Award 2019, Carmichael has much acclaim to his name and there was great anticipation and excitement surrounding his livestream performance. WithContinue reading “Matt Carmichael Quartet – Livestream Review”

Aurora with Zoë Gilby and Noel Dennis – Livestream Review

Well-known in the North East jazz scene, vocalist Zoë Gilby launched her new album Aurora on Friday evening, performing at Gosforth Civic Theatre. Gilby’s new album concept is a compelling one: taking the melodies from the songs of American trumpet player Tom Harrell, she has written lyrics for them which appreciate, reshape and renew hisContinue reading “Aurora with Zoë Gilby and Noel Dennis – Livestream Review”

Paul Taylor – Via

Paul Taylor is an accomplished and unique pianist who has been releasing music since 2013. In January 2021, he released Via with New Jazz and Improvised Music Recordings – the album is expansive in its musical and improvisational reach, but even more so, in its sensitivity. To the average listener, Via poses challenges through itsContinue reading “Paul Taylor – Via”


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