GCT Jazz Club and Jazz North East present
THE GAZ HUGHES SEXTET PLAYS
Thursday 20 February, 2020. 7.30pm doors
£12, £10 concession Plus booking fee when buying online
14+ with under 18's accompanied by an adult but please do contact the venue for full details regarding younger ages and for any further queries regarding accessibility.
Gaz Hughes brings his Sextet to Gosforth Civic Theatre following the release of his brand new album The Gaz Hughes Sextet Plays Art Blakey. Gaz is backed by some of the most influential musicians in UK Jazz scene today, including the superb talents of Alan Barnes, Bruce Adams and Dean Masser.
The album features the music of the late, great Art Blakey. Recording this music felt like a very easy decision for Gaz as Blakey’s music has been a constant theme throughout his life. The first Jazz album Gaz bought was an Art Blakey Live record and it remains one of his most played and treasured albums. He continually comes back to this album and always finds something new to discover with every listen.
Gaz Hughes first came to wider public attention as the original drummer in the Matthew Halsall Band and featured heavily on the early recordings of the Gondwana label. A particular highlight was recording the album “On The GO”, which won THE BEST JAZZ ALBUM OF THE YEAR - Gilles Peterson Worldwide Awards, 2012 and was nominated Best Jazz Album MOBO Awards, 2011. Gaz’s drumming influences include the school of melodic drummers such as Max Roach and Alan Dawson.
He is specifically inspired by drummers that are able to spell out form and melody when they improvise. As a sideman, Gaz has also performed with many UK and international Jazz artists including: Scott Hamilton, Harry Allen, Marshal Allen, Greg Abate, Alan Barnes, Bruce Adams, Mark Nightingale, Digby Fairweather, Tina May, Art Theman, Gilad Atzmon, Julian Stringle, Roy Williams, Enrico Tomasso, John Hallam, Ben Holder, Brian Dee, Dave Newton, Remi Harris, Tim Kliphuis, Dean Masser, Neil Yates, Arun Ghosh, Matthew Halsall, Nat Birchall, Adam Fairhall, James Allsopp, Ivo Neame and Uno Prism.
As well as performing and recording, Gaz’s teaching commitments include Salford University and Manchester Metropolitan University.