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Gateshead International Jazz Festival Gallery

All photographs from the Gateshead International Jazz Festival copyright John Watson/jazzcamera.co.uk.

African bassist Richard Bona solos with his band



Clare Teal sings with her Hollywood Orchestra

Neil Cowley with his Spacebound Apes project


Guy Barker soloing on the concourse stage, where he appeared with Nikki Iles and Stan Sulzmann

Intense improvising from Binker and Moses

 Shabaka with his African band


Daniel Herskedal from Norway soloing with the Royal Northern Sinfonia orchestra

Dan Nicholls on keyboards with Strobes

Nikki Iles, who played duets with saxophonist Stan Sulzmann and in a trio with Sulzmann and Guy Barker

Members of the Ronnie Scott All Stars: Natalie Williams, Sam Burgess, Alex Garnett. The band is completed by pianist James Pearson and drummer Ian Thomas

Deep beats from GoGo Penguin

Former Stan Kenton trombonist Jiggs Whigham directs German band Bujazzo


Above and below: Terence Blanchard with his e-coillective band 


Above and below: Ibrahim Maalouf


Guitar wizardry with Ibrahim Maalouf's band

Arun Ghosh

Liane Carroll

Dave Morecroft with his World Service Project

John Surman solos with the Alexander Hawkins Trio

Alexander Hawkins in a collaboration with John Surman

Mark Lockheart soloing with the trio Malija, featuring Jasper Hoiby and Liam Noble


Zoe Rahman, who appeared in concert with Courtney Pine


Courtney Pine, who appeared with Zoe Rahman


Percy Pursgove, who appeared on trumpet and double bass with pianist Liam Noble, and with the Northern Sinfonia Orchestra


Roberto Fonseca, in concert with his trio


Michel Reis with his band


Simon Spillett, soloing in a tribute to the music of Tubby Hayes


David Sanborn with his band

John Scofield, who appeared with singer-pianist Jon Cleary

Reuben Rogers solos with Joshua Redman's Trio

Eddie Henderson in action with The Cookers

The Cookers in concert 

Joshua Redman, who appeared with his trio

The Necks

Bobby Wellins with Clark Tracey's Quartet, performing Stan Tracey's Under Milk Wood

Clark Tracey solos with his Quartet 

Alice Zawadzki sings and plays with her band

Haken Kornstad - saxophonist and opera singer

Singer-pianist Jarrod Lawson

Loose Tubes bringing the festival to a spectacular climax 


 Jonas Burgwinkel with the Pablo Held Trio at the Sage

Chris Sharkey - electrifying improvising at the Sage

Tommy Smith solos with the Scottish National Jazz Orchestra

Jacqui Dankworth with the Scottish National Jazz Orchestra

Pablo Held solos with his trio

Hannabiell and Midnight Blue rock the night away on the Sage concourse

Reflective sounds from the Bill Frisell Trio

Jean Toussaint solos with his quartet

Andrew McCormack, who performed with Jean Toussaint and with saxophonist Jason Yarde

Joe Lovano with the Spring Quartet

The Spring Quartet: Leo Genovese, keybaords, Esperanza Spalding, bass, Jack DeJohnette, drums, and Joe Lovano on saxophones

Courtney Pine in blazing form with his band

Above and below: Hot sax and groovy keyboards from the Robert Glasper Experiment

Django Bates solos with the Norbotten Big Band in a tribute to the music of Charlie Parker

 Joakim Milder solos with the Norbotten Big Band in a salute to the music of Prefab Sprout

The Norbotten Big Band's popular drummer Lisbeth Diers

Members of the Norbotten Big Band sax section

Shimmering tones from Glassonic, on hand-made glass instruments

Swinging gipsy jazz from Djangologie on the Sage concourse

Norwegian saxophonist Marius Neset


Marius Neset at The Sage after his critically-acclaimed concert

Swedish drummer Anton Eger in action with Marius Neset's band

Jasper Hoiby with Marius Neset's group at The Sage

Ivo Neame with Marius Neset's group. Neame, Hoiby and Eger make up the trio Phronesis.

American rising star Ambrose Akinmusire performing in Hall Two at The Sage

Geoff Gascoyne was challenged to see if he could really play the double bass under his chin, as he set up for a rehearsal with the Peter King Quartet . . .

. . .  with a little help from drummer Mark Fletcher, he succeeded!

Zoe Rahman, who gave a delightful concert with her band in Hall Two

Gwyneth Herbert sings in a brilliant tribute to Peggy Lee with the Buck Clayton Legacy Band

Gwyneth Herbert rehearses as Peggy Lee looks on

The furiously energetic big band Beats And Pieces in action at The Sage

The Mount Molehill Strings, who were in action with Neil Cowley's Trio

Cuban singer-pianist Roberto Fonseca in concert at The Sage


Blue impressions . . . jam session at The Castle, Gateshead International Jazz Festival.

Musicians perform on the concourse at The Sage concert hall

Dame Cleo Laine at Hall One,  The Sage

Joe Lovano solos with Us Five in Hall One

Mike Stern (with bass player Tom Kennedy) in Hall One

The Glasgow Improvisers Orchestra, featuring saxophonists Evan Parker and Lol Coxhill,  in Hall Two

Soweto Kinch in Hall Two at The Sage

Front line horns of the Buck Clayton Legacy Band, led by bassist Alyn Shipton

Debbie Harry with The Jazz Passengers and the Northern Sinfonia in Hall One