Sunday 16th August
Another packed day of music, this time with several bands heading our way from the brilliant Northern Line scheme operated by Jazz North.
👉🏽 ABBIE FINN TRIO
The Trio perform regularly around the North-East and further afield. They have featured at the Durham Jazz Festival, Middlesbrough Jazz Weekender and were due to attend Wigan Jazz Festival before lockdown. In July 2020 they recorded their first album, which was released in November 2020. The album comprises of a mix of brand new original music and also some of the band’s favourite songs. They have been described as ‘A masterclass in straight-ahead jazz’ by Russell Corbett for the Northern Echo after their performance at the 2019 Durham Jazz Festival. Lance Liddle from award winning blog BebopSpokenHere said that the band were ‘As good as it gets.’
👉🏽 Gerry Richardson Quartet
Gerry Richardson has had a full and eventful career both as an accomplished musician and composer. He has a wealth of experience in all styles of music involving him with some of the biggest names in jazz & rock. In the 70s he and Sting formed the seminal North East Jazz Rock band ‘Last Exit’.
Gigs have included work with The Police and Eberhard Schoener, Billy Ocean, Guy Barker, John Miles, Alan Price, Ian Shaw and Elliott Randle (Steely Dan). Gerry played organ on Sting’s 1996 million selling album ‘Mercury Falling’.
👉🏽 NOT NOW CHARLIE | Presented by Jazz North on the Northern Line
The roots of this Newcastle based band are set in the Jazz world but they draw on their mutual love of many other genres such as Rock, Neo Soul, Pop and R&B. Expect the perfect mix of Jazz harmony with infectious grooves and memorable melodies, all topped off with the excitement of improvisation. Taking their influence from the likes of Christian Scott, Manu Katche, Chris Potter, Roller Trio and Joshua Redman yet still managing to create their own individual sound. Their debut was made at the Gateshead International Jazz Festival 2014 to an enthusiastic audience and had a great reception when they supported The Slowlight Quartet in Jan 2015. Their full length live album was release in 2016 on Jazz Sound Records.
👉🏽 SUE FERRIS QUARTET
Regular on the North East scene, Sue turns her quartet towards a tribute to bari sax legend Gerry Mulligan.
👉🏽 JAY PHELPS
with house trio: James Peacock, Andy Champion & Dave McKeague
From his own quartet to his other projects NBOC and SoulEndvr, Phelps, who is never idle, remains fresh and full of new ideas and concepts.
Jay went on to study at Trinity College of Music, gaining an honours in Jazz Theory and Performance. During this time at college, Phelps created and co-lead the UK jazz sensation, Empirical. They spent years touring major festivals with their self-titled debut album, produced by Courtney Pine, while garnering worldwide media attention that UK jazz musicians hadn’t enjoyed for years. Empirical is looked upon as one of the major influences that kick-started the current young British jazz movement and Jay is a big part of that due to his role as a band leader and an enabler for many of the scene’s top artists and groups.
Jay has performed and recorded with a veritable Who’s Who of international and famed jazz artists such as Courtney Pine, Andrew Hill, Wynton Marsalis, Ray Brown, John Hendricks, Nasheet Waits, George Benson, Jamie Cullum, Sir John Dankworth, Jean Toussaint, Dennis Rollins, Guy Barker, Amy Winehouse, Charlotte Church, Sam Moore, Hugh Masakela, Jazz Jamaica, Mighty Sparrow, Soweto Kinch, Skatroniks, Ska Cubano, Chineke Orchestra, David Murray and Liv Warfield.