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Upcoming Jazz Events at The Jazz Cafe at Newcastle Arts Centre, June - November 2022.

Friday, June 17, 2022

The Jazz Cafe Programme at Newcastle Arts Centre has been announced. Events take place at The Black Swan Bar and Venue within Newcastle Arts Centre.

We have an exciting line up of Live music events taking place here at Newcastle Arts Centre in the coming months, as The Jazz Cafe raises the roof all the way from the basement of our Black Swan Bar & Venue.

 

From;
https://www.newcastle-arts-centre.co.uk/jazz-cafe-programme/

 

The Jazz Cafe Programme 2022


Join us at The Black Swan Bar and Venue for our music events

 

Amy Thatcher & Fran Knowles
Brand new accordion and percussion duo from Newcastle, Thatcher and Knowles defy the preconceptions of what their instruments can do, breaking with tradition while tactfully adopting it as a foundation for playful experimentation. Their live show is one of both raucous energy and sympathetic intensity, incorporating drums, synths, keys and vocals into an unapologetic brew of colourful and creative composition. Watch out for the release of their debut album this September and catch them on their autumn UK tour.
“Together, they have a mesmerising energy that will be great to witness live” – Folk Radio UK
Thursday 23rd June
6pm to 7.30pm
FREE
Black Swan Bar & Venue

 


Stuart Collingwood Organ Trio
The Jazz programme kicks off on Thursday 23rd June with the Stu Collingwood Organ Trio, featuring Stu Collingwood on organ, Abbie Finn on drums and Harry Keeble on saxophone. Stu’s versatility and skill as a jazz pianist and organist has seen him perform across the UK with the likes of sax player Snake Davis and the Pasadena Roof Orchestra. At this gig he’ll be singing some swing and playing bass pedals too. Look forward to tunes ranging from modern swing to Latin, funk and some originals, with musical influences such as Jimmy Smith and Joey DeFrancesco, Keith Emerson and Dr Lonnie Smith.
Thursday 23rd June
8 pm (bar from 7pm)
£12 door / £10 advance.
Black Swan Bar & Venue

 


Tuesday Jam: Dean Stockdale (keys), Paul Grainger (bass), Sid White (drums)
Our house trio extend a warm welcome and invite all jazz instrumentalist and singers to join them and jam together. All listeners welcome too.
Tuesday 28th June
7.30 pm / Free
Black Swan Bar

 

Tuesday Jam: Alan Law (keys), Paul Grainger (bass), Rob Walker (drums)
Our house trio extend a warm welcome and invite all jazz instrumentalist and singers to join them and jam together. All listeners welcome too.
Tuesday 12th July
7.30 pm / Free
Black Swan Bar

 


Noel Dennis Trio
Thursday 21st July sees the return of professional jazz trumpet and flugelhorn player Noel Dennis with his trio that includes Mark Williams on guitar and Andy Champion on bass performing a mixture of be-bop and post-bop. Expect to hear jazz influenced by some of Noel’s favourite trumpet players – Miles Davis, Tom Harrell, Chet Baker and Woody Shaw, with a selection of standards thrown into the mix that will be thoroughly explored through deep improvisation.
Thursday 21st July
8 pm (bar from 7pm)
£12 door / £10 advance.
Black Swan Bar & Venue

 

 


Tuesday Jam: Mark Williams (guitar), John Pope (bass), Michael Mather (drums)
Our house trio extend a warm welcome and invite all jazz instrumentalist and singers to join them and jam together. All listeners welcome too.
Tuesday 26th July
7.30 pm / Free
Black Swan Bar

 


Tuesday Jam
Our house trio extend a warm welcome and invite all jazz instrumentalist and singers to join them and jam together. All listeners welcome too.
Tuesday 9th August
7.30 pm / Free
Black Swan Bar

 


Newcastle Jazz Festival Double Bill: Harry Keeble Duo & Northern Monkey Brass Band
Newcastle Arts Centre is very happy to be bringing the Newcastle Jazz Festival to the Black Swan on Friday 19th August with an exciting double bill – The Harry Keeble Duo and the Northern Monkey Brass Band.  Harry Keeble on saxophone is joined by Mark Williams on guitar in their debut as a duo for this event. These similarly inspired musicians have been playing together in various ensembles for several years. For this performance you can expect an eclectic mix of originals and thoughtfully arranged standards, full of harmonic exploration and touches of free improvisation.
They’ll be followed by some swinging jazz from the finest New Orleans Jazz Band in the north east – the Northern Monkey Brass Band who are a regular highlight at Whitley Bay Carnival due to their feel-good vibe and the fact that the audience can’t stop themselves from moving to the music. This will be a dynamic, exciting, visceral, energetic experience, where they’ll be playing original tunes, New Orleans classics and covers in their own indomitable style.
Alice adds “Perfect for a Friday night in summer and a real stand out performance for Newcastle Arts Centre’s debut sponsorship of the Newcastle Jazz Festival.”
Friday 19th August
7.30 pm (bar from 7pm)
£15 see festival website: http://www.newcastlejazzfestival.co.uk
Black Swan Bar & Venue

 

Tuesday Jam
Our house trio extend a warm welcome and invite all jazz instrumentalist and singers to join them and jam together. All listeners welcome too.
Tuesday 23rd August
7.30 pm / Free
Black Swan Bar

 

Tuesday Jam
Our house trio extend a warm welcome and invite all jazz instrumentalist and singers to join them and jam together. All listeners welcome too.
Tuesday 6th September
7.30 pm / Free
Black Swan Bar

 

Hot Club du Nord
One of the UK’s leading gypsy jazz quartets, Hot Club du Nord, perform on Thursday 15th September, when Jazz at the Black Swan returns to its regular third Thursday in the month slot. Led by Emma Fisk on violin, with James Birkett (guitar), David Harris (guitar) and Bruce Rollo (bass), Hot Club du Nord plays a selection of popular songs, jazz standards and Reinhardt/Grappelli originals as performed by Reinhardt & Grappelli’s Hot Club de France during the 1930s and 40s. You can expect fresh, inspired interpretations of the material as well as recreations of some of the delightful arrangements from the original recordings. A treat for connoisseurs of swinging, string jazz and lovers of all things vintage.
Thursday 15th September
8pm (bar from 7pm)
£12 door / £10 advance.
Black Swan Bar & Venue

 


Tuesday Jam
Our house trio extend a warm welcome and invite all jazz instrumentalist and singers to join them and jam together. All listeners welcome too.
Tuesday 20th September
7.30 pm / Free
Black Swan Bar

 

Tuesday Jam
Our house trio extend a warm welcome and invite all jazz instrumentalist and singers to join them and jam together. All listeners welcome too.
Tuesday 4th October
7.30 pm / Free
Black Swan Bar

 

Mondo Trumpet
In a continuation of their sold-out pre-pandemic performance, Graham Hardy and Pete Tanton return for the next instalment of their musical tour de force, Mondo Trumpet on Thursday 20th October. The band features Pete Tanton (vocals/trumpet), Graham Hardy (trumpet), Ben Lawrence (piano), Andy Champion (bass), John Bradford (drums) and they are “especially excited to be bringing the show to The Black Swan, where the vibe is always the right side of ‘cool’.” Born out of the love that two men share for their trumpets, Mondo Trumpet was conceived in the pubs and vegan restaurants of the north east with the aim to provide something different, something beyond the usual display of killer tunes and technical virtuosity. Mondo Trumpet is a musical journey to far-flung places which takes the listener through a panoply of original compositions and familiar tunes you thought you knew. With influences ranging from New Orleans second-line jazz, to classic bossa nova, and current chart hits, Hardy and Tanton guarantee an evening to remember. There may even be some mariachi. Expect singing, foot-tapping rhythms, ear-catching melodies, and of course, trumpets!
Thursday 20th October
8pm (bar from 7pm)
£12 door / £10 advance.
Black Swan Bar & Venue

 

 

Harry Keeble Quartet Album Launch
On Thursday 17th November, Jazz at the Black Swan is excited to be presenting its first album launch from the Harry Keeble Quartet, with Harry Keeble (saxophone), Mark Williams (guitar), Andy Champion (bass), Abbie Finn (drums). When the quartet first got together in early 2020 it was clear that this was a high energy band and the music they were aiming for was modern jazz, with elements of rock and funk and straight ahead. It wasn’t until early the following year the quartet had their first gig. This became the catalyst for the band to release their first works, their EP ‘The Beacon’. The quartet has a wide range of inspirations, mostly focused on the music from modern musicians such as Jerry Bergonzi, Kurt Rosenwinkel and Chris Potter. Though they are rooted in straight ahead jazz, usually including material from musicians such as Wayne Shorter, the original compositions from the quartet have an even wider range of inspirations, delving into concepts reminiscent of the music of Tigran Hamasyan, and even Meshuggah. While always energetic, the quartet can play with remarkable sensitivity, which you’ll hear at this performance of all new original music. Listen out for a guest feature from jazz vocalist Alice Grace.
Thursday 17th November
8pm (bar from 7pm)
£12 door / £10 advance.
Black Swan Bar & Venue

 

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