Hexham Jazz Festival

Hexham Abbey calendar_today 13 May 2022 place Hexham, Northumberland Weekend Rover ticket price £35 / £20 Student. Session tickets available. Various prices

Sponsored by Eggar (UK) Ltd and supported by Hexham Town Council. Profits to Cancer Research

Friday 13th May 7.30pm

Hot Club du Nord

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You can expect fresh, inspired interpretations of the material as well as recreations of some of the delightful arrangements from the original recordings. A treat for connoisseurs of swinging, string jazz and lovers of all things vintage!

“For lovers of the classic Stephane Grappelli – Django Reinhardt approach. This is right up there amongst the best in the Uk” Paul Bream. Jazz Alert.

Friday 13th May 9.00pm

Paul Edis and Graeme Wilson

An unconventional setting for a jazz gig, the duo revel in the chance to play with the incredible acoustics and atmosphere, summoning up the sounds of heaven and hell in a continuous improvised set.

“A performance of bravura free improvisation with a melodic basis….these are two of the finest improvisers in the North-East” Andy Hamilton, Jazz Journal.

Saturday 14th May 7.30pm

Jo Harrop

Described as a “velvet voiced” singer Jo is a rising star in the U.K. and Europe. She’s performed at venues across the capital, including the Royal Albert Hall, 606 Club,Pizza Express, the Hideaway and at festivals and clubs all over the UK. Headlining Scarborough Jazz Festival, Burton Agnes Jazz and Blues Festival and performing at Sage Gateshead.

Saturday 14th May 10.00pm

Dean Stockdale - in the Great Hall.

Dean Stockdale is recognised as one of the foremost exponents of straight ahead jazz piano. Drawing on influences from the American jazz tradition, he regularly performs across the UK performing at clubs and festivals year round. He has received features on Jazz FM and Straight Ahead in conjunction with the 606 Club.

“Stockdale’s playing is consistently engaging and uniformly excellent “ Ian Mann.

Sunday 15th May 7.30pm

James Kitchman with Bruno Heinen

Hexham born and raised guitarist James Kitchman teams up with the acclaimed pianist Bruno Heinen in a duo that has developed its own vocabulary in jazz. Expect a careful balance of original compositions and improvisations, with plenty of musical dialogue and playful energy.

“Demonstrating that originality doesn’t have to be complicated” The Observer ( on Bruno Heinen).

“Huge amounts of style and panache “ BBC Radio 3 (on James Kitchman).

Sunday 15th May 9.00

The Abbie Finn Trio

They have been described as a masterclass in straight- ahead jazz by Russell Corbett for the Northern Echo after their performance at the 2019 Durham Jazz Festival. The trio have featured on BBC. Chris Philips, Jazz FM dubbed them “Exceptional British Jazz”

Sunday 15th May through the afternoon in the bandstand or in the Great Hall  (if poor weather)

Youth and Community jazz performances.

Free entry