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Jazz 2019


Ushaw is excited to continue hosting our annual Jazz Festival, which continues to draw musicians and Jazz fans from all over the world. As well as the main festival itself, we are also pleased to host several individual performances throughout the year. 

Vasilis Xenopoulos and the Paul Edis Trio 

Saxophonist and composer Vasilis Xenopoulos is one of the most accomplished Greek jazz musicians of his generation. London became his permanent home after graduating from the infamous Berklee College of Music, and gradually established himself as one of London’s up and coming jazz saxophonists. He has worked with some of the best musicians in the British jazz scene, such as Jim Mullen, Steve Waterman, Alan Barnes, Derek Nash, Bruce Adams, Martin Shaw, Nigel Price, Ray Gelato, and many others. On an international level, he has appeared with a variety of top performers such as sensational pianists Hiromi, and Jason Lindner. 

In 2009 he formed “The Xtet" and their debut album “Loud City" containing 8 original compositions was released on 33Jazz Records in 2011. Two years later he released his second album “The Wind Machine" under the same label, which gained some fine reviews in the top British media such as The Times and BBC radio 3.

In 2017 Nigel Price and Vasilis created the XPQ (Xenopoulos/Price Quartet) and recorded their first album under that brand, “Sidekicks" which celebrates some of the most successful guitar/sax pairings in the history of jazz. 
Vasilis has appeared in many guises, as guest soloist, as band leader or as saxophone section leader in jazz venues and jazz festivals throughout the UK. He is currently playing with the Nigel Price Organ trio as well as Derek Nash’s Sax Appeal. 
His explosive style means he is in great demand as a saxophone player for popular music and as a session musician.

“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

 For this concert he is joined by the Paul Edis Trio – with Paul Edis (piano) Andy Champion (bass) and Russ Morgan (drums). 

Friday June 7th, 7.30pm


Tickets £8, Under 18's £1

Available on the door

Mark Williams and Joel Byrne-McCullough Duo


Mark and Joel studied together on the Bmus Jazz degree at Newcastle college in 2000.

At that point they were regularly performing as a guitar duo around North East.

Joel has returned to the North East after living in Manchester, and so the duo has picked up where they left off many moons ago.

They will be playing a choice selection of contemporary standards from composers such as Wayne Shorter, Steve Swallow and Charlie Haden, along with a few originals.

Friday July 5th, 7.30pm


Tickets £8, Under 18's £1

Available on the door

Ruth Lambert Quartet

Ruth Lambert is a talented and versatile jazz singer based in the north east of England who has established herself in recent years as one of the UK’s most classy and distinctive jazz vocalists. Balancing a voice of warmth and maturity with spark and charisma, Ruth is in her element whether fronting a big band or working with one or two other musicians to create a more intimate vibe.

For this concert she is joined by Paul Edis (piano) Andy Champion (bass) and Russ Morgan(drums).

Friday October 4th, 7.30pm

Tickets £8, Under 18's £1

Available on the door

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