Sunday 19th March - 8pm - Adm. £5

Dean Stockdale Trio

The great pianist brings his trio once more following a memorable concert in 2015 dedicated to the music of Oscar Peterson. Mick Shoulder bass and Adam Sinclair drums.


Sunday 16th April - 8pm - Adm. £5

Lickety Split

Superb octet- a mini big band playing in the 50s cool West Coast style - immaculate, swinging arrangements of jazz repertoire.


Sunday 21st May - 8pm - Adm. £5

Alter Ego

Return visit by this great NE sextet playing music in the spirit of the Jazz Messengers.


Sunday 18th June - 8pm - Adm. £5

James Birkett/Bradley Johnston Jazz Guitar Duo

A cross section of repertoire from the history of jazz guitar from this acclaimed duo.


Saturday afternoon 15th July - 1pm to 3.30pm - Adm. £5

Colin Aitchison tpt, Franco Valussi clnt, Steve Andrews sax/clnt, Alan Rudd bass, Roly Veitch gtr

An afternoon session featuring the Hong Kong based duo and friends.


Sunday 20th August - 8pm - £5.00
Paul Edis Trio
One of the best piano trios anywhere! Paul Edis pno, Andy Champion bass, Russ Morgan drms.

Sunday 17th September - 8pm - £5.00
Hand to Mouth - Lindsay Hannon & Bradley Johnston
In the centenary year of the birth of the one and only Ella Fitzgerald, Lindsay and Bradley pay tribute to Ella's unsurpassed duets with legendary guitarist Joe Pass.

Sunday 22nd October - 8pm - Adm. £10

Vasilis Xenopoulos, Nigel Price with The Paul Edis Trio
He's back. The mercurial tenor sax player this time with top rank UK jazz guitarist Nigel Price and the Paul Edis Trio.


Sunday 19th November - 8pm - £5

Paul Edis, solo piano + the Early Bird Band

Established in May 2014 at the Lit and Phil as a Saturday morning work-shopping band, the name ‘Early Bird Band’ is in part in recognition of the early morning starts, and Charlie ‘Yardbird’ Parker. Already some fantastic young players have passed through the ranks. Drummer Matt MacKellar is now at Berklee College of Music, Boston. Guitarist Francis Tulip was another amazing talent. Francis has just started his second year on the degree course at Birmingham Conservatoire. The Early Bird’s trombonist Andrew Hedges plays in the Durham County Youth Big Band. Drummer Dylan Thompson (all of fifteen!) is another great prospect. Ben Lawrence plays piano and trumpet. Phillip Grobe plays piano and did a great job playing Ellington’s Sacred Music with Jambone at the Sage and Ushaw in July. Over the last three years the Early Birds have performed at the Sage, Ushaw Jazz Festival and at numerous other venues.
The current line-up of the Early Bird Band is as follows:
James Metcalf – trumpet; Ben Lawrence – trumpet & piano; Alex Shipsey – alto sax; Alex Thompson alto sax;  Andrew Hedges – trombone; Phillip Grobe – piano; Alex Shipsey – bass; Dylan Thompson – drums:            


Sunday 17th December - 8pm - £5 - XMas concert + DIY buffet

Roly Veitch Trio + guests George McDonald clnt and James Birkett gtr.
Goodman style clarinet and scintillating guitar from our star guests.





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