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With support form the PRS Foundation, Jazz North East recently embarked on an ambitious year-long project called Women Make Music. The idea, dedicated to women making jazz and composing improvisationally, aims to bring concerts to various venues as well as host a variety of workshops. So far the event has already put on two gigs, from The Laura Jurd Septet and MOBO Award-winner Zoe Rahman, in a rare solo performance, who also took part in one of the workshops.

On Sunday 8th March it’s the turn of the Sheffield-based Beatrix Ward-Fernandez trio, coinciding with International Woman’s Day. Beatrix is hosting a workshop in the afternoon at The Bridge Hotel in Newcastle, before performing alongside Charlie Collins (on drums and percussion) and Derek Shaw (on trumpet, tuba and slide trombone) on her theremin. The evening will also contain the debut solo performance from Tyneside-based singer and electronics wizard Zoe Gilby, under the name Watching Sideways. Anyone with a passing interest in jazz or wanting to learn more about women in the genre would be a fool to pass the opportunity to see them live.

In the next couple of months the Women Make Music programme are putting on a range of events in various locations, with gigs and workshops from various performers on offer. To find out more, visit the Jazz North East website.

Beatrix Ward-Fernandez Trio and Watching Sideways will perform at The Bridge Hotel, Newcastle on Sunday 8th March.

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