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

Now in our 36th year of continuous jazz.



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. Francis (guitar) is studying at Birmingham Conservatoire, drummer Matt MacKellar is at Berklee, USA and they are joined by another two absolutely great young players - Ben Lawrence piano and John Pope bass. 



July 21st

John Garner (violin) and Paul Edis (piano) - 'Evans and beyond'

+ Solo set from Nathan Lawson (guitar)

Music from 7:30pm, £7

A duo set from Garner and Edis exploring the original compositions of Bill Evans alongside new music inspired by Evans' work. A formidable performer in both the jazz and classical traditions, violinist John Garner is in high demand, performing all over the Europe with the Guastalla Quartet, with the Royal Northern Sinfonia, and with his own group, Charkie Parlour. Pianist and composer Paul Edis is well known to audiences in the region and a devotee of Evans' playing and compositions. 

Nathan Lawson is a hugely talented young guitarist studying at Sage Gateshead with Dr. James Birkett. With effortless virtuosity, Lawson draws on a deep understanding of harmony and the jazz guitar tradition to give expressive, melodic and memorable intimate solo performances.  


August 18th

'Two Trios' - Bradley Johnston Trio / Giles Strong Trio

Music from 7:30pm, £7

Two guitar based trios playing a set each. Bradley Johnston has already carved out a reputation as one of the region's finest jazz guitarists. It's amazing just how far he has come since first sitting in at Blaydon as a young teenager. With Brad are Paul Grainger double bass and Russ Morgan drms.

The other trio is fronted by Giles Strong, a superb jazz guitarist with a love of the best of the 'Songbook' in the style of players such as Wes Montgomery, Joe Pass and Jim Hall. With Giles are Dean Stockdale on piano and Ian Patison on double bass.


September 15th - 35th Anniversary Concert 

UK jazz legend Bruce Adams with Paul Edis Trio

Music from 7.30  Adm. £10 - pay on entry

BRUCE ADAMS (Trumpet and Flugelhorn): Not only is Bruce one the jazz scene’s most dramatic and stimulating performers, he is also a tremendously affable companion. A band-room with the Glaswegian Mr. Adams present is a happy and riotous place. His stream of jokes, anecdotes, and hilarious observations reflect an early immersion in show-biz, and a keen eye and ear for the many quirks of human nature.


October 27th (note - this is a Sunday afternoon concert)

Vasilis Xenopoulos with Paul Edis Trio

Music from 1pm to 3.30, £10 -  please pay on entry

“One of the most fiery young saxophonists around blazes a path through the hard bop repertoire" (The Times) 

“A tremendous asset to the UK Jazz Scene" (London Jazz News)

"A bright newcomer on alto and tenor saxist Vasilis Xenopoulos"… (Evening Standard) 

"Old-school warmth and modern day dynamism" JAZZWISE 

“Dashing Greek tenorist…real passion…full-blooded, hard-swinging solos”  (Evening Standard) 


November 17th - Classic Swing - 8pm start - adm. £7

This concert features a band that have become hugely popular on the local scene. Classic Swing is a six piece ensemble playing the best of swing and American Songbook repertoire with the addition of lovely, warm vocals from Olive. With fresh arrangements mostly written by sax player Tommy Moran, the front line also features Neville Hartley trombone & Jim McBriarty reeds.

Rhythm section Jeremy McMurray piano, Alan Rudd bass & Tommy Graham drums. 

For this one concert a slightly later start of 8pm with a short 20 min break between sets, finishing at 10.15.


December 15th - Alice Grace Quartet (more detail to follow)



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