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Newcastle’s Jazz Café has a brilliant series of Friday night gigs lined up for February including the super exciting Bahla (pictured) who are one of the most talked about new acts on the scene.

Bahla draw on a broad spectrum of Jewish folk traditions from North Africa to Yemen and Russia to Spain – fusing their love of jazz, rock and improvisation – to produce their own dynamic, beautiful music, which has seen them starring at the likes of BBC Proms Lates, the London Jazz Festival and Brecon Jazz Festival. They evoke a range of moods and textures, from calm and ruminative to explosive and hard hitting, balancing out their thoughtful compositions with spontaneous and inspired interplay, which was perfectly evidenced on their debut album, Imprints, which was released to much acclaim in December. They play on Friday 16 February (£8 door/£6 adv) but other ‘Must Sees’ in February include The Matthew Read Trio (a fresh young jazz guitar trio from London, 2 February, £8 door/£6 adv); Dana Ali Band (neo-soul band drawing on influences including Lauren Hill and Stevie Wonder, 9 February, £8 door/£6 adv); and Dock in Absolute (a piano trio from Luxembourg making their British debut, 23 February, £10 door/£8 conc.). All gigs begin at 9pm, doors 8.30pm. Full listings and details from the website, below.

The Jazz Café, Pink Lane, Newcastle. jazzcafe-newcastle.co.uk