Sage Gateshead runs two jazz ensembles as part of its Young Musicians Programme (YMP): Jazz Attack for 11 to 16-year-olds and Jambone
(for more advanced players) for 13 to 19-year-olds.
"The most annoying and misused word in the English language; used intentionally by stupid people to sound smart or by smart people to sound unintentionally stupid" (Jambone
While continuing to play with the Big Band, Rick is also pianist with the Northern Youth Jazz Orchestra (called Jambone
) and has recently begun working with the Voice of the North Jazz Orchestra, with top saxophonist Tim Garland.
And if homegrown brass takes your fancy, you can catch the excellent Jambone
, one of the region's top youth jazz ensembles, at 7pm on January 18 in Sage Two.
If the International Jazz Festival is one success story at the Sage, another is Jambone
, the youth jazz ensemble which is as old as the venue.
The festival will be working with Jazz North East to present Women in Jazz - one of them will be local singer Zoe Gilby - and local artists will also be performing on the Sage concourse during the festival which will culminate in a slot by its youth ensemble Jambone
Teenage jazz band Jambone
, based at the Sage Gateshead, strutted their stuff in the Westminster offices of Portcullis House, playing alongside renowned trombonist and composer Rick Taylor.
The excellent 13-strong Folkestra played their traditional music with ease and confidence to a packed Northern Rock Foundation Hall, Jambone
filled the concourse with their jazz and kraut rock duo Warm Digits upped the volume with their own brand of new electronic music, including a version of Greg Lake's I Believe in Father Christmas.
Ryan Quigley and Paul Towndrow started rehearsals with Jambone
, one of The Sage's youth ensembles from the Young Musicians Programme.
Last weekend the Brazilians joined members of the Sage's regional youth ensembles, Jambone
and Folkestra, to offer tuition in choro music, instrumental form of Brazilian pop music involving a mix of instruments and characterised by virtuosity and improvisation.
TOP TUNE: Simon Dennis from the Jambone
Big Band plays his trumpet on The Sage
Among the other leading jazz artists, Jambone
have performed with in recent years are Andy Sheppard, Guy Barker, Tim Garland, the Jazz Jamaica All Stars and The Preservation Hall Band.