Singer Debbie Harry opens the Gateshead International Jazz Festival (25-27 March) in a performance with The Jazz Passengers and the Sage Gateshead's resident orchestra, Northern Sinfonia. Other attractions include Mike Stern, Cleo Laine, Joe Lovano and his band Us Five, Soweto Kinch, Glasgow Improvisers Orchestra with Evan Parker and Lol Coxhill, Martin Taylor, Christine Tobin, TrioVD, Donkey Monkey and Mari Kvien Brunvoll.

Alyn Shipton will present the Buck Clayton Legacy Band at the festival in a recording for BBC Radio 3's Jazz Line-Up and will also interview Joe Lovano and Mike Stern for his Jazz Library programme.

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Mike Stern by Clay Patrick McBride

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