Jazz North East

WHO WE ARE Jazz North East was established in 1966 and is the oldest grant-supported, jazz promoting body in the UK. JNE is a limited company and a registered charity (Charity No. 507509). In 2013 we incorporated Tyneside’s other leading contemporary jazz promoter, Schmazz. The organisation is managed by a Board consisting of unpaid Directors: Paul Bream – Chairperson Bill Bream – Treasurer Charlie McGovern – Programming Assistance Iain Kitt – Secretary Ken Drew - Programming Assistance To contact any of the Directors, please use the CONTACT Form on this website. WHAT WE OFFER For many years Jazz North East received an annual grant from Jazz Action, the Jazz Development Agency for the North East region, but Jazz Action was disbanded in 2012 and its successor body, Jazz North, does not provide direct funding to promoters. We are therefore now dependent for our core funding on discretionary grants from Arts Council England and from the Performing Rights Society Foundation, supplemented by assistance at specific gigs from international cultural bodies such as the French Music Export Bureau and the Canada Council for the Arts. With this income, and by sharing costs with other promoters, we aim to mount a regular programme of between 20 & 30 concerts a year. Our most regular programming partner is Splinter, with whom we promote concerts at the Bridge Hotel in Newcastle. Other occasional partners include the Sage Gateshead, Asian arts agency GemArts, and the International Centre for Music Studies (ICMuS) at Newcastle University, with other venues including the Corner House Hotel and the Star & Shadow Cinema (both in Newcastle), and the Central Bar in Gateshead. Money is always a problem so we welcome approaches from potential Co-Promoters and Corporate Sponsors. Donations are also greatly welcomed. Our Charitable Status delivers tax benefits. Please use the CONTACT button to reach us. JOIN OUR MAILING LIST Jazz North East operates two free mailing lists for the general public, one by email and one by post. You'll not be surprised to learn that email is our favourite medium - cheap and easy - but you can sign up for either by clicking the CONTACT button on this website and giving us your email and/or postal address. BANDS PAST, PRESENT & FUTURE In its first decade Jazz North East focused mainly on the big names of American jazz and blues - Duke Ellington, Roland Kirk, Ben Webster, John Lee Hooker, T-Bone Walker and many more. From the '70s onwards the focus shifted to include British stars and, despite 9 gigs by Jimmy Witherspoon, away from the blues. Some of those presented up to the turn of the century included Joe Harriott, Michael Garrick, Stan Tracey, Mike Osborne, Evan Parker, Keith Tippett, Steve Lacy, Carla Bley, George Russell, Lee Konitz and Eddie Lockjaw Davis. In the 21st century our programme has become even more diverse and adventurous, with an attempt to cover the whole stylistic spectrum of jazz from bop to free improvisation, and an increasingly international perspective that has seen us present artists from throughout Europe and as far afield as Australia and Japan, as well as continuing links with jazz’s American homeland. In the 12 months to July 2013 our wide ranging programme included concerts by – amongst many others – Ken Vandermark, Roller Trio, Australia’s Alister Spence Trio, Simon Spillett, Sean Noonan’s Bavarian Trio, Mat Maneri & Lucian Ban, the Tom Rainey Trio, and Barbadian trio The Original Unit. Our plans for the future are just as ambitious, with, subject to funding, gigs lined up for Euopean improv star Toby Delius, Canada’s François Bourassa Quartet, pianist Michel Reis with his Luxembourg trio, and a 60th birthday celebration for the UK reeds maestro Paul Dunmall . . . and that’s just the beginning. Bands seeking a gig with Jazz North East should contact Paul Bream on 0191 234 2865 or at paulbream773@btinternet.com

Contact Person

Bill Bream

Organisation Address

United Kingdom

54.7023545, -3.2765753