BLAYDON JAZZ CLUB - one of the region's oldest grass roots jazz clubs.

We started in Sept 1984 so complete 35 years Sept 2019.



March 17th 

Blaydon Jazz Club Fundraiser 

Early Bird Band

Alice Grace Quartet (photo right)

Noel Dennis Quartet

Music from 7pm, £10

Early Bird Band - Paul Edis (piano /reeds) / Emily McDermott (vocals) / Lucien Guest (trumpet) / Haaruun Miller (soprano / alto) / Tom Henerey (guitar) / Alex Shipsey (bass) / Dylan Thompson (drums). Led by pianist and composer Paul Edis, the Early Bird Band is made up of some of the most talented young jazz musicians from the North East. Their repertoire includes straight-ahead classics form the Great American Songbook alongside original material written by the band.

Alice Grace Quartet - Alice Grace is a British jazz singer who’s career began touring with established UK jazz big band The National Youth Jazz Orchestra (NYJO) and guest singing with the James Pearson Trio at the famous Ronnie Scott’s Jazz Club, before landing a place to continue her musical education at the London Guildhall School of Music and Drama and the Conservatorium van Amsterdam. Since graduating she has performed all over the world including a two year stint in the UAE. Now a resident of Newcastle she often works with the Strictly Smokin’ Big Band.  For this concert she brings her own quartet to Blaydon featuring Mark Williams (guitar), Paul Grainger (double bass) and Russ Morgan (drums).

Noel Dennis Quartet - trumpeter Noel has worked alongside the likes of Andy Sheppard, John Warren, Tommy Smith, John Surman, Mark Nightingale, Tim Garland, Bob Mintzer and many other top musicians and composers. Noel is joined by pianist Paul Edis, bassist Andy Champion and drummer Russ Morgan.


April 21st

Swing Manouche

Music from 7:30pm, £7

Swing Manouche were formed by Mick Shoulder, the leader and songwriter of former gypsy jazz outfit "Djangologie". Continuing to work with guitarist Giles Strong he recruited clarinet and bass to form a band based upon Django Reinhardt's second group; the Nouveau Quintette du Hot Club de France. ​Giving a slightly harder and more modern edge to the music than his previous ensemble, Swing Manouche are a hard swinging gypsy jazz outfit. Authentic originals are still very much a main ingredient but Swing Manouche are as likely to take from more modern gypsy players as well as Django and traditional musette. Already sought out as backing band for Paris-based gypsy jazz violin star, Daniel John Martin they are quickly making a name for themselves in gypsy jazz circles.


May 19th

Sue Ferris Quintet

Music from 7:30pm, £7

Talented Saxophonist and Flautist Sue Ferris has performed in numerous groups in the North East and beyond. Her quintet plays swinging straight ahead jazz rooted in the music of the 'Great American Songbook'. Completing the quintet are Graham Hardy (Trumpet) Paul Edis (Piano) Neil Harland (Bass) and Rob Walker (Drums).




June 16th

Francis Tulip Quartet

Music from 7:30pm, £7

Hailing from the north-east of England, this group of young jazz virtuosos are currently studying at some of the most prestigious music colleges in the US and UK. They play covers of classic and contemporary jazz alongside their own original, creative compositions.






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