Who we are

Jumpin’ Hot Club: bringing rockin’ roots, country and blues, reggae and world music to the North East.

Graham Anderson

Co-founder and co-director Graham Anderson is responsible for programming & has been putting on live music most weeks, for over thirty two years.
Since leaving music college 1985. Graham has programmed, promoted and nurtured Jumpin’ Hot Club and Northern Roots.

He is responsible for the day-to-day running of the business and makes a point to attend all Jumpin’ Hot Club events; so he is a fairly busy guy! Graham programmes all Jumpin’ Hot Club gigs, cantinas and cruises, and to that end is always seeking out the music first-hand.

Over the years Graham has been involved with: Carnival Roots music Festival (1991), Tyneside Blues & Roots Festival (1992-1998), Wow Festival (1996-2002) Evolution Festival (2000–2010), Summertyne Americana Festival (2006–present), Jumpin Hot Jamboree Festival (2013-15) and Country Cantina (2016-Present).

Adam Collerton

Co-founder and co-director, Adam Collerton is responsible for fundraising, marketing and diverse music promotion and initiatives.

Adam founded Harambe Africa in 1987 and has developed Boss Sounds Reggae Festival and is committed to promoting diverse music promotion to a culturally diverse audience.

Adam has worked with Graham since the club was founded in 1985 and together they have worked devised and delivered a range of roots music events and performances including, Carnaval Roots music Festival (1991), Tyneside Blues & Roots Festival (1992-1998), Evolution Festival (2000–2010), Boss Sounds Reggae Festival(2005–2011) Summertyne Americana Festival (2006–present), Jumpin Hot Jamboree Festival (2013-15), Country Cantina (2016-present).

In 2016/17 Adam has lead role for sister company Northern Roots on Freedom City 2017 a city-wide celebration of Dr Martin Luther King’s visit to Newcastle in 1967.

Leila D'Aronville

Managing Director, Leila D’Aronville is responsible for project management, project development, business planning, impact reporting, facilitation and partnership development. Since joining Jumpin’ Hot Club and Northern Roots in 2016, Leila has taken a strategic role in Freedom City 2017.

Leila has worked in the cultural sector in the North East for over 15 years’; with a varied career working as part of the media and marketing team who launched Sage Gateshead; 4 years in the management team of the National Singing Campaign, Sing Up; 3 years as a senior manager in the Bridge North East programme, connecting children and young people with great arts and culture; and more recently producing Asunder – the North East’s only 14-18 NOW commission; remembering the role of Sunderland and the North East during the First World War.

Trustees and Volunteers

We are also supported by some dedicated Trustees and Volunteers.

Trustees
Mel Deighton formerly of Beamish Museum, who came to Jumpin’ Hot Club in late 80’s and just stayed…
Luke Whooten, a Health worker and a stalwart of Jumpin’ Hot Club for decades
Geoff Marston, a former Art Teacher, elder statesmen and occasional MC
Alec Collerton MBE, former architect and longtime supporter of Jumpin’ Hot Club

Volunteers
Martin Ellis, a book publisher and a Jumpin’ Hot Club volunteer for over 20 years
Sidney Carne, a music historian and our all round ‘go-to’ guy
Alan Harrison, responsible for our social media and reviews
Charles Holley, a photographer
Juan Fitzgerald, a photographer
Maurice Hope, freelance journalist
Alan Nichol, freelance journalist