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Music Editorial

jazzimprovmusic19.jpg Blowing your mind with jazz

If you’re into jazz and improvised music then you need to be getting into the Newcastle Festival of Jazz and Improvised Music festival.

This is the third year of these stellar gatherings and, as ever, when you want to talk about the programme they’ve pulled together then you’re going to have to start using words such as “stunning” and “awesome”. Denmark’s finest Julie Kjær (pictured) will be in town with her trio made up of John Edwards and Steve Noble, alongside Alexander Hawkins playing solo, and this double-bill will bring together representatives from two of the most progressive jazz record labels in Clean Feed and Intakt. Brodie West and Evan Cartwright arrive from Toronto for a debut performance of their ‘Ways’ project, featuring pianist Achim Kauffman from Germany, while Zu bassist Massimo Pupillo drops in from Italy to join the Necks percussionist Tony Buck from Australia. Other highlights include “the high priestess of psychedelic Arabic jazz’ Yazz Ahmed; French singer Francine Luce teaming up with local bass legend Andy Champion; and Somersaults on their ‘Numerology of Birdsong’ album tour. Venues include everywhere from the Lit & Phil to Gosforth Civic Theatre, the Jazz Café to Sage Gateshead. We’re only scratching the surface of what is an action-packed programme so be sure to check their website for the full lowdown.

Newcastle Festival of Jazz & Improvised Music, Thursday 3 October-Sunday 6 October. facebook.com/newcastlefestivalofjazzandimprovisedmusic