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Across the course of last year’s debut album Yellow, composer, producer, multi-instrumentalist and bandleader Emma-Jean Thackray created a unique blend of spiritual jazz tones and pulsating brass band. It helped to catapult Thackray from being an active member of London’s jazz scene to breaking into the mainstream, led by the controlled chaos of single Say Something. Her ability to appeal to both aficionados and those new to the genre helped her secure Jazz FM’s Jazz Act of the Year as well as being lauded by Gilles Peterson.

Now Thackray and her band are bringing Yellow’s vibrant and textured arrangements across the country, heading to Sage Gateshead on Friday 4th March. As Thackray herself notes, when she plays with her band her music takes on a new lease of life, morphing through improvisational phases into recognisable motifs. A taste of this can be found on her latest EP, Yellower Vol. 1, which shows off their ability to flow with a vibe and keeping things fluid, whether that’s on the luscious, sprawling Golden Green or the extended keyboard passages of Our People. It makes predicting what exactly to expect from Thackray’s show at Sage Gateshead difficult, but you can bank on her bringing the whole breadth of her talent.

Emma-Jean Thackray performs at Sage Gateshead on Friday 4th March.


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