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Music Editorial

jazzfest19.jpg On the jazz

The first Newcastle Jazz Festival is taking its bow at the Tyne Bank Brewery in August with all the good stuff happening over one sizzling day (and night).

Here’s an event to file under “Wow! Wow! Wow!” The Newcastle Jazz Festival will be a platform for the cream of the north-east jazz scene to show what they can do and this first shindig is packing real heat. Headlining will be BBC Young Jazz Musician of the year Alexander Bone who will be playing a set of original compositions and his own take on jazz standards. He has played everywhere from Ronnie Scott’s to the Jazzwise Festival and it’s a real coup for the organisers to bring him our way. Also on the bill are Zoe Gilby and Andy Champion (pictured – a voice and bass duo); the Latin infused Alan Law Trio; Mark Williams Trio, who are currently part of Jazz North’s Northern Line programme; Parliamentary Jazz Award winner Emma Frisk in a duo with James Birkett; and the Strictly Smokin’ Big Band with Alice Grace. It’s all taking place at the wonderful Tyne Bank Brewery and there will be food on the day from Newcastle vendors Cheese Sir and Il Fuoco Pizza.

Newcastle Jazz Festival, Saturday 17 August, Tyne Bank Brewery, Walker Road, Newcastle, 1.30pm-late, £15. newcastlejazzfestival.co.uk