International Jazz Festival to take place in Gateshead

Gateshead International Jazz FestivalThe Gateshead International Jazz Festival 2013 will take over The Sage arts and music centre this weekend from 5 April.

The Brand New Heavies, Ruby Turner, Paul Edis and the National Youth Jazz Orchestra will be among the jazz artists appearing at the two day event.

Northern Sinfonia, orchestra of The Sage Gateshead will also perform Northern Spirits, a celebration of jazz from the region.

The evening of music on Saturday 6 April includes the premiere of Tim Garland’s Songs to the North Sky and Northumbrian Sketches, composed by the late Ian Carr.

Tim said: ‘The suite was inspired by the big skylines of the North East and my time travelling to and from there. It’s the most cinematic and autobiographical work I’ve written with a particular emphasis on melodies fitting for these big skyscapes.’

Ros Rigby, performance programme director at The Sage Gateshead, said: ‘This is a unique event celebrating two ambitious compositions for jazz ensemble and orchestra – one from the last century and one written in the last year – both inspired by the North Eastern landscape and culture.

‘We are delighted to make it one of the highlights of the 2013 Gateshead International Jazz Festival.’

Gateshead International Jazz Festival is now in its ninth year at The Sage Gateshead.

Find out more on the performances, workshops and talks taking place from The Sage’s website.