Jazz star Greg Spero offers workshop to Northumberland fans

Grammy-nominated musician Greg Spero has visited Prudhoe to showcase his skills to local jazz fans

The Greg Spero Quartet give a Jazz 'masterclass' at the 'Fuse Media Centre' in Prudhoe
The Greg Spero Quartet give a Jazz 'masterclass' at the 'Fuse Media Centre' in Prudhoe

Jazz musicians got a private lesson from twice-grammy nominated stars the Greg Spero Quartet at a workshop in Northumberland.

This is the first such workshop that has taken place in the UK, after achieving great success with similar projects throughout the United States.

Greg Spero, 29, from Highland Park in Illinois, is touring the UK for the second time with several gigs in the North.

This week, he was in Prudhoe to showcase his skills for local fans.

Greg said: “It went really well. There are some really talented people in this town.

“We were giving them some pointers and they just responded really well.

“They were a lot more skilled than we expected, we were really impressed.

The workshop at the Fuse Media Centre ran from 2pm till 6pm and had people of various ages play with the quartet to learn and show off what they could do.

“One kid was maybe a high school freshman, about 17, and one guy was aged in his sixties,” Greg added.

Greg won Best Jazz Performer at the Chicago music awards and has received acclaim from the best in the industry.

This is the second time Greg has played in the UK, after he was invited to tour the North East to give fans her the chance to hear him perform.

He said: “The first time I came to the UK was two years ago where we played some gigs in London, including one at the Palladium which was sold out.

“We met a lot of new fans.”

The group is made up of Greg on piano, Makaya McCraven on drums, Junius Paul on the bass and De’Sean Jones on the saxophone.

Greg’s newest album, Electric, was funded by the artist on the website, kickstarter by fans and features his first vocal tracks.

The quartet performed at Splinter at the Bridge at the Bridge Hotel in Newcastle and the Recycle Rooms at Newcastle University.

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