About the band

“The spirit of the Jazz Messengers is with the band from first note to last.”  – Lance Liddle, Bebop Spoken Here

“Great music with style and panache.” Peter, Ashington Jazz Club

“Fantastic music, great atmosphere” –  Hexham Courant

“Alter Ego played a fantastic set last night at Splinter @ The Bridge. Thank you to all who came and supported it.” Zoe Champion

“Fantastic night from a first class band, check these guys out.” Shaune Eland, Darlington Jazz Club

“Thanks so much for a TERRIFIC gig last night.What a great band. One of our regulars said you’re the best band we’ve ever had.” Hazel Hanley, Hexham Jazz Club

“The combo was a well oiled unit and gave an energetic and dynamic show of great arrangements interspersed with some disciplined  interplay and instrumental harmonies cleverly constructed. Art Blakey’s Messengers would have been amazed by the skills and techniques of these admirable North East tribute guys.” Peter, Bebop Spoken Here

Since their debut performance in 2008, Alter Ego have entertained audiences at many North East jazz venues and festivals. The group draw much of their material from the rich catalogue of original compositions created by the likes of Art Blakey’s Jazz Messengers, Hank Mobley, and Miles Davis. The result is a stylistically varied programme including Up-tempo Swing, Hard Bop, Funk and Latin Jazz.

The group’s instrumentation allows for tightly structured arrangements, with harmonically rich ensemble passages, exciting rhythmic interplay and inventive improvised solos from all band members.

Alter Ego is:

Keith Robinson – Alto Sax

Niall Armstrong – Tenor Sax & Flute

Dave Hignett – Trumpet

Andy Hawking – Piano

Tony Abell – Bass

David Francis – Drums