Joshua Redman and Guy Barker for Gateshead

The first major jazz festival in the UK of 2009, the Gateshead Jazz Festival, is to take place on 20-22 March at the Sage with a line-up including early bookings Guy Barker’s Jazz Orchestra, Courtney Pine, Ian Shaw, Sheila Jordan, Cleveland Watkiss, Joshua Redman Trio, John Warren’s Splinter Group, Marcin Wasilewski, Alan Barnes and Jambone, plus The Jazz Lounge, Jam Sessions, DJ sets, free Concourse performances, workshops and masterclasses. For more go to