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Michelle Coltrane: "It was Geri Allen who told me, 'Why don't you work with a guitar player? It's a lot easier. They're mobile, all the pianos are out of tune'" - DownBeat March 2018.

Verneri Pohjola: “I've been trying to get away from being 'a young and promising trumpet player' for over twenty years” DownBeat March 2018.

Today Tuesday February 20

Afternoon

Classic Swing - The Ship, Front St., Monkseaton NE25 8DP. 1pm. Free.

Evening

Jam Session - Jazz Café, 25 Pink Lane, Newcastle NE1 5DW. 8pm. Free.

To the best of our knowledge, details of the above events are correct but may be subject to alteration.

Friday, September 20, 2013

Arts Council Pull the Plug.

(From Paul Bream's Jazz Alert) I am numb with shock. . . the Arts Council has rejected Jazz North East’s application for the essential funding that would have enabled them to continue and expand their activities into 2014 and beyond.
The adventurous programming policy that has earned Jazz North East an outstanding national and international reputation means that they have long operated close to the financial edge; this funding decision means that there is a very real possibility that JNE will be forced to shut up shop by the end of this year, depriving the North East audience of the chance to hear a wide range of brilliant musicians, and also leaving a gaping hole in the touring plans of many developing artists for whom a gig on Tyneside was regarded as a crucial component in building their experience and reputation.
The Arts Council claims that its mission is that of “Achieving great art for everyone”, and its first stated goal is to ensure that “talent and artistic excellence are thriving and celebrated”. Their decision in respect of Jazz North East runs directly counter to both aims.
Ironic, then, that the first gig I list in this week’s ‘Jazz Alert’ is a prime example of JNE’s exciting, risk-taking programming. And there are more examples in the weeks to come, with, for instance, bands from Canada and Luxembourg who have chosen to come to Tyneside for their only English gigs outside London. The Arts Council clearly don’t recognise the value of this; the best riposte from local audiences would be to show their support by packing the gigs.  
Paul Bream Jazz North East.

4 comments :

Exasperated from Tynemouth said...

So really, the Arts Council's claims are just a load of bollocks? Well, someone had to say it. It would be interesting to find the true reason (and not the initial explanation which will no doubt be vague) for their DISCRIMINATION against the North East. Very sad, no doubt the "experts" that make these decisions (an "ex-spurt" being a drip under pressure) - will not be affiliated in any way to the North East. Very disappointing. I look forward to seeing the allocation of funding, and the subsequent justification from the "ex-spurts". In the meantime people, GO TO ALL THE GIGS, and prove them wrong.

Lee Paterson said...

that is shocking Paul! sure you were only asking for a very modest amount. Jazz NE has long and wonderful track record of taking risks and booking outstanding musicians, and respecting that audiences are up to the challenges and delights. Shame on Arts Co. and commiserations to all those at JNE who have worked so hard..we salute you! I second comment above, vote with your bums on the seats!

Corey Mwamba said...

Absolutely disgusting decision. Chance of appeal??

Anonymous said...

how much shortfall will there be as a result of this?

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