Saturday 20th August
👉🏽 Pete Tanton’s RIVIERA EFFECT
Pete Tanton (Tp, Voc), Lloyd Wright (Gt), John Bradford (Perc)
American trumpet player and vocalist Pete Tanton is joined by a slimmed down Riviera Quartet. Their original compositions draw from a palette inspired by Joao Gilberto, Sergio Mendes, Lalo Schiffrin, Neil Hefti, Jim Hall, Kenny Burrell, Charles Mingus and Chet Baker. What a party!
👉🏽 ALTER EGO
Keith Robinson (AS), Niall Armstrong (TS) , Dave Hignett (Tp), Joe Steels (Gtr), Michael Whent (Bs), David Johnson (Dr).
Since their debut performance in 2008, Alter Ego have entertained audiences at many North East jazz venues and festivals. Over their 14 year existence, they have gradually moved away from the standard jazz repertoire originally performed by the likes of Miles Davis, Art Blakey and Hank Mobley, and have introduced new, original material, of a more contemporary style. The result is a stylistically varied programme including Up-tempo Swing, Hard Bop, Funk and Latin Jazz.
The group’s instrumentation allows for tightly structured arrangements, with harmonically rich ensemble passages, exciting rhythmic interplay and inventive improvised solos from all band members.
🎟 £17 – Saturday all-day ticket [click]
🎟 £40 – Festival pass for all NJF events (Thu, Fri, Sat & Sun) [click]
👉🏽 Graham Hardy’s tribute to Miles Davis
Graham Hardy (Tp), Ben Lawrence (Pn) , John Pope (Bs), Rob Walker (Dr)
Graham, in his quartet, pay tribute to the music of Miles Davis.
👉🏽 JO HARROP & JAMIE MCCREDIE
Born in Durham and raised on a heady musical diet of Nina Simone, Billie Holiday and Aretha Franklin, Jo Harrop cut her teeth as a session singer, working with a host of iconic artists including Neil Diamond, Rod Stewart and Gloria Gaynor.
After moving to London, she quickly established herself as one of the most unmistakable voices in British jazz. Having signed to London-based jazz label, Lateralize Records, she recently received a raft of rapturous reviews for Weathering The Storm, her debut with guitarist, Jamie McCredie. The Guardian dubbed it ‘a little gem of an album: simple, modest and perfect,’ whilst BBC 6 Music’s Iggy Pop fell in love with her voice, calling her “a very fine jazz singer.”
Beyond the mellifluous perfection of her chocolate and cream voice, there is always a beautifully bruised intimacy at the very heart of Jo Harrop’s music. It’s almost as if she’s staring directly into your soul when she sings. This may only be her second LP, yet she sounds as if she’s already lived a thousand lifetimes.
“When I was a teenager, my dad took me to see Tony Bennett live in Newcastle,” she recalls. “I was so moved and so inspired, I realised that I needed to sing. I wanted to be able to touch people with my music in the same way. The loss of dear loved ones in recent years has opened my heart and given me more reason to sing and to write than ever before, which is why I felt the time was right to record my first album of original songs. I pour all of the sad stuff into my music and it somehow comes out in the way that I sing and write, so it really is a form of catharsis for me.
“These songs feel timeless, but they also reflect where we are here and now, caught up in life’s bittersweet journey. Music has been my whole world for as long as I can remember; it has always had the power to transport me and to move me deep inside, and I want to create the same emotional connection with people who hear my songs.”
👉🏽 IVO NEAME QUARTET
Ivo Neame (Pno), George Cowley (Ten), Tom Farmer (Bs), James Maddren (Dr)
Ivo Neame is an award-winning pianist and composer. In addition to leading his own bands, he has featured in several of European jazz’s most forward-looking groups including Phronesis and the Marius Neset Quintet. He regularly performs at jazz festivals worldwide, collaborating with ensembles as diverse as the Frankfurt Radio Big Band and the London Sinfonietta. Ivo studied at the Royal Academy of Music, and since leaving in 2003 he has performed and recorded with highly esteemed musicians at home and abroad such as Hermeto Pascoal, David Binney and Kenny Wheeler. His eighth album under his own name ‘Glimpses of Truth’ was released on Whirlwind Recordings in November 2021 and it is this project which he brings to Newcastle Jazz Festival along with this quartet.
“Ivo Neame is one of the very best jazz pianists on the UK scene”
“That Neame is one of the most interesting jazz pianists of his generation may be clear. That he is getting better and better is too. The 10 years of almost constant touring has given him a prominent role in the front line of British jazz”