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Gateshead International Jazz Festival 2018 Presents

The Sun Ra Arkestra; Tony Allen: A Tribute to Art Blakey; Zara McFarlane

Booking Information

Venue: Sage One

Tickets: £30, £25, £20 (Save with the Jazz Multibuy)


The Sun Ra Arkestra
Sun Ra, a.k.a. Herman Poole “Sonny” Blount (1914–1993), was hailed as “one of the great big-band leaders, pianists, and surrealists of jazz” (New York Times) and as “the missing link between Duke Ellington and Public Enemy” (Rolling Stone).

Composer, keyboardist, bandleader, philosopher, poet, and self-proclaimed extraterrestrial from Saturn, Sun Ra led his “Intergalactic Arkestra” of thirty-plus musicians in a career that ranged from boogie-woogie and swing to be-bop, free jazz, fusion, and New Age music.

The Arkestra still performs today, under the able direction of alto saxophonist Marshall Allen, now approaching his 94th year!

Tony Allen: A Tribute to Art Blakey
Tony Allen accompanied Fela Kuti’s Koola Lobitos for 15 years and then Fela’s Africa 70, for which he developed a new music language: Afrobeat, combining Yoruba rhythms and funk instruments with themes of revolution. Afrobeat would propel a career that saw Tony pursue his own projects while collaborating with everyone from Oumou Sangare to Damon Albarn.

2017 saw Tony realise a childhood dream: to play tribute to the music of the most African of the bebop fathers, Art Blakey, for a new release on Blue Note which has been universally well received. The Nigerian-born, Paris-based drummer’s is now touring the Tribute as a quartet.

Zara McFarlane
Eloquent and provocative singer-songwriter, Zara McFarlane, is the UK’s Black British foremost Jazz Vocalist. With two critically acclaimed albums to her name, she inhabits an unusual musical landscape, fearlessly exploring original material & reworking well known classics from the worlds of Jazz and Jamaican music.

As a performer Zara is uniquely engaging, deftly combining the intricacies of jazz with a deep soulfulness, melding multiple influences from reggae to pop, folk and blues with both her originals and choice of covers.

Unfortunately, due to unforeseen circumstances, the pre-concert talk at 6pm will no longer take place.

Save with the Jazz Multibuy

Buy tickets for two or more concerts and save £2, £3 or £4 off each ticket. Only applies to Sage One and Sage Two concerts. The discount will be automatically added to your order when booking online.

Part of Gateshead International Jazz Festival 2018