And now for something completely different. French group Ozma tick every available box for the jazz connoisseur looking for something a bit out of the ordinary. Featuring guitar, saxophone and trombone, and definitely not any manga, this fantastique groupe de musiciens will take you on a musical journey full of energy and joie de vie. They have been described as having ‘enough raw energy to power a small city.’ Well, Newcastle is a relatively small city, so let’s put that to the test!
A quick google search will tell you that ‘Ozma’ means ‘God’s protection,’ so there is another item to add to the list of jobs for these poor guys. There must have been a misprint though, because Ozma are actually more into projection, as they’ll play the first half of their set as an accompaniment to Buster Keaton’s ‘Three Ages’ film from 1923, using intricate jazz to inspire both visual and aural senses. It sounds like this gig is going to be a real treat, and yet another coup by the folk at Jazz North East. The Bridge Hotel is the place to be if you want to be impressionné par le jazz.