Wearside’s music scene welcomes an exciting addition with the launch of The Old Black Cat Jazz Club, a haven for fans of swing, scat, and all that jazz.

Every third Friday of the month, the award-winning event space Seventeen Nineteen, which previously served as the Holy Trinity Church in Sunderland, will undergo a remarkable transformation. This historic venue is set to host an array of vibrant jazz evenings, promising a unique musical experience for all attendees.

Seventeen Nineteen exterior

And it has announced a line-up covering every style of the genre in the coming months, starting with the Giles Strong Quartet, on Friday the 16th.

The four-piece is made up of some of the North East’s most experienced jazz musicians with John Bradford on drums, Ian Paterson, on double bass, and Pete Tanton on trumpet and flugelhorn joining Giles Strong on guitar.

Their unique style of acoustic chamber jazz has a West Coast sound and their repertoire is based on original compositions and finely arranged standards.

They will be followed on Friday 15 March by Mick Shoulder’s Swing Manouche, with Emma Fisk’s Hot Club du Nord, Alan Barnes and the Dean Stockdale Trio and the Zoe Gilby Trio lined up to perform in the coming months.

John Knox, at Seventeen Nineteen, said “This will be a perfect way for fans of jazz and those who want to find out more about it, to spend a Friday night.

“They’ll be able to listen to superb music in intimate, beautiful surroundings, with exquisite acoustics and a like-minded crowd.”

The club has cabaret seating, a fully stocked cafe bar and free parking.

Tickets for each event are fixed at £12 and can be booked via EVENTBRITE LINK

For more information about Seventeen Nineteen – which is cared for by national charity, Churches Conservation Trust (CCT) – visit https://www.visitchurches.org.uk/1719/ 

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