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Jazz North East

Promoter Profile: Jazz North East

6 March 2016

Jazz North East is an institution in the Northern Jazz world and 2016 marks their 50th year promoting live jazz.

Set up in 1966, it is the oldest grant-supported jazz promoting body in the UK. A committee chaired by Paul Bream works tirelessly to promote at a number of different venues across the North East and prides itself on being a champion of the whole spectrum of jazz and improvised music.

Jazz North East will host Ingrid Jensen and her quartet as they rehearse in Newcastle and will present their first gig as a joint promotion with the Black Swan Venue and Bar in Newcastle on May 26th. It is apt that this organisation should host Ingrid as they have programmed international acts since its inception.

“In its first decade Jazz North East focused mainly on the big names of American jazz and blues – Duke Ellington, Roland Kirk, Ben Webster, John Lee Hooker, T-Bone Walker and many more. From the ’70s onwards the focus shifted to include British stars and, despite 9 gigs by Jimmy Witherspoon, away from the blues. Some of those presented up to the turn of the century included Joe Harriott, Michael Garrick, Stan Tracey, Mike Osborne, Evan Parker, Keith Tippett, Steve Lacy, Carla Bley, George Russell, Lee Konitz and Eddie Lockjaw Davis.
In the 21st century our programme has become even more diverse and adventurous, with an attempt to cover the whole stylistic spectrum of jazz from bop to free improvisation, and an increasingly international perspective that has seen us present artists from throughout Europe and as far afield as Australia and Japan, as well as continuing links with jazz’s American homeland.” – Jazz North East website

Ingrid appears as part of Jazz North East’s Women Make Music strand, a series of concerts and workshops supported in part through the PRS for Music Women Make Music fund.

Visit their website for a full history of the organisation as well as information on their upcoming gigs and details on booking tickets for events.