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Taking place on Saturday 7th July, NARC. Fest will, for its 11th year, take over the Ouseburn Valley with a series of free gigs! We’ve handpicked some excellent local promoters who have curated line-ups which span all genres and styles and we’ll be announcing them all over the coming weeks. Today, the good folks from Jazz North East talk about their stage at The Cluny 2…


It’s with great pleasure that for the third year Jazz North East are working with NARC. Magazine to present an evening of diverse and innovative contemporary jazz at The Cluny 2, featuring a stunning four band bill of local and national artists.

Martin Pyne and John Pope Duo
Martin Pyne is recognised as one of the finest vibraphone players in the UK for his progressive style and fusion of electronics. For this performance he travels from London to team up with one of the region’s most respected bass players, John Pope, for their debut performance together.

J Frisco
One of the highlights of this year’s Gateshead International Jazz Festival were the all-female trio J Frisco from Leeds. Fast making a name for themselves on the national jazz scene, and recently awarded support from the development organisation Jazz North, the band combine art and poetry with improvised music, aiming to change perceptions and break down boundaries through improvisation.

The Long Lonesome Go with Faye MacCalman
Local improv trio The Long Lonesome Go feature two members of the much lauded avant-rock band The Unit Ama. Drummer Christian Alderson is also well known for his recent work with Archipelago which also features John Pope. With Paul Taylor on keyboards and Jason Etherington on bass, The Long Lonesome Go will team up with Archipelago’s Faye MacCalman on saxes and winds for what promises to be a tantalising set of top draw free improv and the first occasion the four musicians will have appeared together. 

Mark Williams Trio
Mark Williams is renowned as one of Tyne & Wear’s most exciting guitar players for his unique amalgamation of jazz, rock and blues stylings. For this concert he will be joined by Andy Champion on bass and Russ Morgan on drums. Having recently launched his second album to a sell-out crowd at Newcastle’s Jazz Café, it’s a great pleasure to welcome Mark as the headline artist for the Jazz North East stage at NARC. Fest 2018.


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