Those up for expanding their musical horizons this month should consider a jaunt to Newcastle’s Jazz Café, where they have a packed diary of weird and wonderful delights on offer.
International collaborations are the name of the game, with two Transatlantic stars kicking things off; soulful jazz vocalist CoCo Rouzier visits the venue on Friday 4th; while on Friday 11th, sax and flute star Greg Abate teams up with North East piano king Paul Edis.
The ever-reliable Jazz North East bring forth a curious fusion of jazz, Indian ragas, flamenco and Arabian sounds courtesy of Unfurl on Friday 18th. Part of the promoter’s Women Make Music series of gigs, Norwegian vocalist Maria Jardardottir is a genuinely stunning talent. Don’t miss this one.
More musical fusion is on the cards from composer and saxophonist Tom Thorp who, on Friday 25th, brings elements of jazz, indie, rock, grunge, electronica and folk together on his quintet’s new album, Sea Speak.
At the Jazz Café’s sister venue, the Black Swan Bar & Venue, another Jazz North East gem comes in the form of Tommaso Starace’s Gardin Project on Tuesday 29th November. The Italian-born saxophonist takes inspiration from photography, with this performance focusing on images from the 1940s to the present day, taken by Italian reportage photographer Gianni Berengo Gardin.