Hexham Jazz Festival - Saturday 13 May 2023

Saturday 13th May 2023

Tickets: £25

Doors: 6.00pm

Show: 7.00pm

Hexham Jazz Festival 2023 in partnership with Hampstead Jazz Club Present top musicians, both local and UK wide, to perform in Hexham Abbey on Friday and Saturday nights. National headliner – Claire Martin OBE will close the festival with a finale performance on Sunday night at Queen’s Hall Arts Centre.

The venue for this event is:

Hexham Abbey, Beaumont Street, Hexham, Northumberland, NE46 3NB

Evening Hosted by Nigel Williams – Jazz FM

7pm – An Evening with Freddie Benedict 7pm

Freddie Benedict (vocal), Paul Edis (piano), Jamie McCredie (guitar), Emma Rawicz (saxophone), Andy Champion (bass), Steve Hanley (drums).

One of the most exciting talents to emerge from these shores in many a year, Freddie Benedict made his name as the lead singer of the National Youth Jazz Orchestra. His silvery fingered trumpet playing style and soft, velvet voice are uncannily reminiscent of the great Chet Baker, so it’s no surprise that this charismatic artist immediately burst into the spotlight after embarking on a solo career. Accompanied by a quintet of superb musicians, he will be performing a perfectly mixed cocktail of cool jazz standards and Brazilian sambas.

8:30pm – Jo Harrop Presents When Winter Turns to Spring

Jo Harrop (vocal), Paul Edis (piano), Jamie McCredie (guitar), Emma Rawicz (saxophone), Andy Champion (bass), Steve Hanley (drums).

Following two sell-out shows at Ronnie Scott’s and a hugely successful UK tour, Jo Harrop and her quintet of world class musicians will be performing a sublime suite of songs taken from When Winter Turns To Spring, her debut album with pianist Paul Edis. An achingly beautiful jazz journey through the seasons, the LP recently received unanimous critical acclaim and extensive airplay everywhere from BBC Radio 2 to Jazz FM.

“This special show will be a celebration of songs that touch on the idea of nature and the trials and tribulations of the heart,” Harrop explains. “I’ll be performing When Winter Turns To Spring alongside songs from my previous LPs – Weathering The Storm and The Heart Wants – and a handful of classics, taking the audience on a journey that goes from Autumn In New York all the way through to You Must Believe In Spring.”

One of the brightest new jazz talents to emerge in recent years, Harrop possesses what The Mirror describes as ‘a voice that would give a goosebump goosebumps – deep, warm and deliciously intimate,’ whilst the legendary Iggy Pop was instantly captivated: “Her voice is delicious. When she sings, she moves me. I believe her.”

Please note seating for both events is unreserved.


Hexham Abbey
Beaumont Street
NE46 3NB


Doors: 6:00 pm | Show: 7:00 pm

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