SAGE Gateshead plays host to British-born jazz giant Courtney Pine CBE for a special performance of his latest project Black Notes from the Deep on Thursday.

In the 1980s, Pine was one of the first black British jazz artists to make a serious mark on the jazz scene, when his first album charted the top 40.

Since then, he’s won numerous BBC Jazz Awards and MOBOs, and has been nominated for a Mercury Music Prize. He has remained at the forefront of UK jazz, with a contemporary jazz style that integrates modern British sounds like drum ‘n’ bass and UK garage alongside soul, hip-hop, and deep-rooted influences from across the Caribbean.

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For Black Notes from the Deep, Pine returns to the tenor saxophone for the first time in a decade. The performance features the vocal talents of UK soul star Omar, whose 1992 hit single There’s Nothing Like This established a truly distinct and instantly recognisable ‘signature’ sound. This has since earned him widespread critical acclaim, and has seen him collaborate with the likes of Stevie Wonder, Erykah Badu, Carleen Anderson and Angie Stone.

This very special project brings together two of the UK’s finest jazz and soul talents composing, recording and performing new original material together for the first time.

  • Courtney Pine's Black Notes From The Deep, featuring special guest vocalist Omar, Sage One, Gateshead, Thursday, September, 21, 7.30pm. Tickets at