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Music Editorial

jazzarch19.jpg Hark! I hear jazz!

Jazz North East’s spring programme is hotter than a Pop-Tart that’s jammed in a toaster. Mm-Mmm!

What looks good in March? Joy Ellis (2 March) and the Jade Quartet (7 March) at The Globe for two but I’d particularly pick out Metamorphic at the Black Swan as the pick of the bunch (14 March). This octet features some of the finest improvising musicians in the UK who play compositions written by pianist/bandleader Laura Cole. Seeking to explore the intensity of the collective experience they wield spoken word, improvisation and tightly written ensemble passages to grandstanding effect. Moving into April Meraki are set to grace the Lit & Phil (12 April) as are the outstanding Archipelago (pictured – 18 April). This experimental Newcastle trio bend genres with all the derring-do of a strongman mangling metal bars and have caused a UK-wide amount of interest. Also on the bill with them is Paul Taylor, a solo improviser on the piano of outstanding scope and originality. Brace yourself for real thrills.

Find information on all of Jazz North East’s events and forthcoming workshops by visiting: jazznortheast.com