All that Jazz - and more!

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TOP performers and all that jazz will take over the Customs House, South Shields, this season.

The theatre’s jazz season will begin with A Salute to Satchmo on Friday, September 23, which will be performed by the renowned jazz trumpeter Rico Tomasso and a five-piece group that will feature some of London’s finest jazz musicians.

It will pay tribute to the legendary Louis “Satchmo” Armstrong, who is one of the most revered figures in jazz history.

He is most famous for his smash hit success recordings such as Mack The Knife and Hello Dolly – the latter knocking the Beatles off the UK Number One spot in 1964.

Award-winning vocalist Sarah Ellen Hughes will take to the stage on Friday, October 21, to promote her new album, The Story So Far.

Despite only being in her 20s she has already gained international recognition, winning the 2010 International Jazz Singing Competition, Jazz Voices, and has caught the eye of distinguished singers Claire Martin and Ian Shaw.

She will perform a range of popular standards from Gershwin and Jobim to Burt Bacharach and Jimi Hendrix, along with exciting arrangements of some of Sarah’s own compositions.

The Tim Kliphuis Quartet make a highly-anticipated debut at the South Shields venue on Saturday, November 19, when the Dutch violin virtuoso, who plays an exhilarating style of Gypsy jazz based on the legacy of French master, Stéphane Grappelli.

He will be accompanied by the outstanding Keith Stephen and Roly Veitch (guitars) and Bruce Rollo (double bass).

The season is rounded off by A Jazz Christmas Party on Friday, December 16, featuring The Trinity All Stars.

The sextet features the clarinet and sax work of the renowned former leader of the Savannah Syncopators, Steve Andrews, and the virtuoso guitar and banjo playing of Keith Stephen.

They will be supported by some of the best local traditional jazz talent including Caroline Irwin and Fred Thompson.

Marketing and programming manager Tim Flood, said: “Over the last 18 months we have worked hard to programme jazz on a regular basis and have seen it become a successful element of our events calendar.

“I am delighted with the four acts that we have performing and hope to continue growing our reputation as a great place to see Jazz in the North East.”

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