Romeo and Juliet Contemporary Dance Jazz Suite.
Young North East composer and jazz saxophonist James Russell joins company with London based choreographer and contemporary dancer Marie Lawrence to produce this exciting new work.
James Russell, North East composer and jazz saxophonist, has invited London based choreographer and contemporary dancer Marie Lawrence to develop this already critically acclaimed Jazz suite into a piece which will appeal to a wider audience. Rehearsals start later this month thanks to funding from Arts Council North East. The developed show will tour six venues in the North East during March and April before going on tour nationally. Interest is already being shown in Europe. This piece features James’ jazz octet including Andrew Colman (young jazz musician of the year) on trumpet and flugel, Jamil Sheriff (Piano), James Corry (Baritone and alto sax), John Perry (kit), Riaan Vosloo (Dbl Bass), Simon Pugsley (Trombone), Gateshead’s Chris Sharkey (guitar) and North East based singer-songwriter Kate Bottomley. Choreographer Marie Lawrence recently worked out of Dance City in Newcastle with Bode Lowal of Sakoba Dance, and James seized the opportunity of inviting Marie to use her striking approach to enrich this demanding performance piece.
Saville Exchange, North Shields , Friday 5th March 2004
Arc, Stockton , Friday 12th March 2004,
Caedmon Hall, Gateshead, Saturday 27th March 2004
Customs House, South Shields, Sunday 28th March 2004
Two more dates to be announced in April
If the Romeo and Juliet Jazz Suite is representative of young musicians and composers, then U.K. Jazz has a `secure future.
Mike Jamieson , Newcastle Chronicle.
Intensely moving, superb.
Peter Latham, www.britishtheatre.about.com
Excellent writing, fine soloists.
Chris Yates, Jazz N.E. Ltd., BBC Radio Newcastle
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Andrew Colman (trp) James Russell (sax) Marie Lawrence (choreography)
Romeo and Juliet Jazz Suite (Live Theatre)