Sunday Jazz In The Crypt – Georgia Cecile, Fergus McCreadie Trio, Tom Bancroft’s ‘In Common’ & Joe Williamson’s ‘Animal Society’

Date: Sunday 19th January 2020
1pm to 6pm 
12:30pm; Bars open from 12:00pm
£12 + Booking Fee

Following the success of the Middlesbrough Jazz Weekender in October 2018- the first major jazz event in the town for forty years- we are now proud to announce that the Town Hall will host a monthly Middlesbrough Sunday Jazz event- featuring multiple bands in one afternoon across different styles of jazz- but always with the emphasis on entertainment and variety.

Anticipating Burns Night on Saturday January 25, we kick off the 2020 Sunday Jazz series with a celebration of the energy of the Scottish jazz scene through four contrasting bands.


Tipped as ‘One To Watch’ by BBC Introducing, and winner of ‘Best Vocalist’ Award at the 2019 Scottish Jazz Awards, singer Georgia Cécile is receiving acclaim from audiences and critics alike on the strength of her live performances and song-writing partnership with award-winning pianist and co-writer Euan Stevenson. Inspired by a range of musical influences including Sarah Vaughan, Nina Simone and Stevie Wonder, Cécile is currently working on her debut album.

One To Watch for 2019, the clarity of tone, creativity and ability to sing with genuine emotional depth will take her a long way.” Steve Rubie – Jazzwise


PIanist Fergus McCreadie with bassist David Bowden and drummer Stephen Henderson are among the most exciting young bands in European jazz. Playing music that reflects the Scottish landscape and traditions while honouring the American and Nordic jazz legacies, they have brought audiences to their feet across Northern Europe and won the Best Album title, for their debut, Turas, at the Scottish Jazz Awards 2019. Their concerts have received five-star reviews and earned them a headlining slot in Ronnie Scotts’ prestigious International Piano Trio Festival.


This exciting project developed by musician/educator Tom Bancroft starts with the bodhran and the tabla and a drone, adds Indian Classical Violin and improvising jazz guitar, and continues adding layers and voices from different traditions, in a creative project that focuses on the common ground between Scottish music, jazz, Indian music and electronica.

The band includes Sharat Chandra Srivastava (violin), Gyan Singh (tabla), Tom Bancroft (bodhran & drums),Graeme Stephen (guitar & loops), Sophie Bancroft (voice),and Gina Rae (voice).


Animal Society is a new sound in UK jazz, somewhere in the void between Rage Against The Machine, Pat Metheny and EST. Ringleader Joe Williamson, guitarist and winner of Young Scottish Jazz Musician Of The Year 2018, presents daring new music – cutting-edge electric jazz with the uncompromising power of a stadium rock band. Hook-driven melodies, soaring improvisations and joyful musical interplay underpin a sound rich in detail, and full of warmth and character. Their exciting live shows balance fiery grooves and heavy riffs with cinematic, ethereal soundscapes, performed by 5 musicians at the forefront of the new wave of Scottish Jazz.

“Combining rock energy and power with jazz chops this is music that is simultaneously viscerally exciting and intellectually satisfying.” The Jazz Man 

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