Shirley Smart Trio

The Globe, Newcastle Upon Tyne.

14s - 18s must be accompanied by an adult. No refunds will be given for incorrectly booked tickets.

Ticket type Cost (face value)? Quantity
GENERAL ADMISSION £11.00 (£10.00) Tickets not available
CONCESSIONS (MU / NUS / OAP / BENEFITS) £8.80 (£8.00) Tickets not available


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Thursday 18th June 8.00pm (doors 7.30pm)
The Globe - Newcastle
£10 / £8 Concessions

Shirley Smart (Cello) / John Crawford (Piano) / Demi Garcia Sabat (Percussion)

Trailblazing cellist Shirley Smart is recognized as one of the UK's most versatile and creative string players. Her acclaimed album ‘Long Story Short’ showcases the vast array of her musical influences, drawing on her unique background living in Jerusalem for 10 years and working with the overlapping worlds of jazz, Arabic, Turkish and North African music, and with artists such as Avishai Cohen, Omer Avital and Yasmin Levy. It features two of the UK's leading lights in world-influenced jazz - John Crawford on piano, and Demi Garcia Sabat on percussion, as well as guest artists Nikki Iles on accordion, Orphy Robinson MBE on vibraphone and Nicolas Meier on guitar.

Smart has established herself firmly on both the jazz and world music scenes since moving back to London, working with artists including Neil Cowley, Mulatu Astatke, Robert Mitchell, Misha Mullov-Abaddo Maciek Pysz and Alice Zawadzki. She is also founder member of Issie Barratt's Interchange Dectet, whose debut album 'Donna's Secret' has just been released, and has appeared at numerous festivals in the UK and abroad.

She is a keen educator, and teaches Jazz and Improvisation for the RCMJD and City University, and gives frequent workshops for organisations such as the National Youth Jazz Collective, Jazzlines, and Trinity Laban Conservatoire.

'A superb set - a sound world that is at once rooted in the ancient and traditional musics that it draws from in an utterly contemporary manner that also incorporates modern jazz. This is an exceptionally strong leadership debut from a lady that I'm sure we are destined to hear much more from' - Jazzviews

'Long Story Short represents another impressive offering from Smart and is a worthy début under her own name. The album covers an impressive amount of musical and geographical ground with its range of styles and influences. Smart’s playing, both with and without the bow, is exceptional throughout..'

'…a stunning pizzicato solo, her playing reminiscent of a top jazz bassist. And she’s pretty handy with the bow too!' - The JazzMann

'As a cellist-composer she morphs seamlessly from Stephane Grappelli like swing and Bird-like bebop...
a charming kaleidoscope and jazzy showcase of her global folk music-inspired compositions' - Jazzwise

'Intense, lyrical and full of energy.... A thrilling range on technique on display... Smart's cello singing, snarling or pumping out bass line.... Fascinating listening, and thought-provoking entertainment for the open-eared' - The Arts Desk

'…some of the most inventive use of the cello I have heard for some time…' - Kind of Jazz

'Smarts playing is particularly remarkable..she readily demonstrates a wide range of techniques incorporating an
understanding of improvisation drawn from a jazz background and her extensive knowledge of Arabic maqam…' - Songlines

'A fascinating melting pot of musical influences' - World Music Central

This concert is presented by Jazz North East in association with Jazz Co-op at The Globe


The Globe
11 Railway Street, Newcastle upon Tyne, NE4 7AD
Accessibility: Fully accessible venue for wheelchair users
Travel: Central Station Metro is about a ten minute walk away and Buses 22, 32 to Scotswood Road

All of our concerts are 14+ with under 18's accompanied by an adult but please do contact the venue for full details regarding younger ages and for any further queries regarding accessibility.


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Admission is generally possible through payment on the door subject to venue capacity / Advance booking may be subject to booking fees

Our concessionary rate is available to MU / NUS / OAP / Benefits




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