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Bebop Spoken There

Vadim Neselovskyi, Professor of Jazz Piano, Berklee College of Music: “Every pianist has to deal with a very complex left-hand part at some point. This is the essential pianistic experience – to split your brain into two halves and execute two very different tasks at the same time.” – (Down Beat September 2017).

Roscoe Mitchell: “To me, improvisation is trying to improve your skills so you can make these on-point compositional decisions. That takes practice.” – (Down Beat September 2017)

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Today Saturday September 23

Scarborough Jazz Festival - Day two of three.
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Evening
Bradley Johnston (solo guitar) - Cherry Tree, 9 Osborne Rd., Jesmond, Newcastle NE2 2AE. 7:30pm. No cover charge.
Rockafellas - Billy Bootleggers, 28 Nelson St., Newcastle NE1 5AN. 9pm. Free.
Tobie Carpenter Organ Trio - The Globe, 11 Railway St., Newcastle NE4 7AD. 8pm. £10.
Thin Man + Jon Gordon - The Globe, 11 Railway St., Newcastle NE4 7AD. 8pm. Free.
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Nikki Iles & Stan Sulzmann - Great Hall, Hexham Abbey, Hexham NE46 3NB. 10pm. £10/£8.
Pat McMahon Trio - Tannery, Gilesgate, Hexham NE46 3QD. 01434 605537. 9pm. Free.
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To the best of our knowledge, details of the above events are correct but may be subject to alteration.

Tuesday, May 03, 2016

Sean Noonan’s Pavees Dance @ Bridge Hotel, Newcastle - May 1.














Sean Noonan (drums); Johnny Richards (keyboards, electronics); Mick Bardon (bass, electronics)
(Review/photos by Ken Drew) 
Drummer/composer Sean Noonan sees himself as a modern-day sonic griot. In the spirit of those traveling African storytellers, Noonan wanders the world gathering stories, legends, and folklore like a punk-jazz Alan Lomax. The treasures that he finds along the way are filtered through his distinctive vision to become the unpredictable and far-ranging sounds of Noonan’s wide-spectrum music. So says his website.   He also tours restlessly throughout Europe, often creating music with local musicians, and it’s typical of this new project that he’s teamed up with two Leeds-based players (both members of Shatner’s Bassoon) to perform music inspired by Polish folklore.
The trio tonight played in the expected quirky Noonan style driven by a sense of determination & seriousness throughout (except maybe the encore….) which kept the audience engrossed but they also enjoying the lighter side of Sean’s pieces when the storytelling unfolded.  This sense of fun was appreciated by the audience and band alike as there were many smiles all round as Sean’s bizarre stories unfolded with topics including Magic Mushrooms, a Time Machine, and searching for pots of gold. Most pieces were fast & furious, but there were quiet times too when Johnny took centre stage at the end of Set 1, backed by a subtlety gentle bass rhythm of Mick on bass.  
The trio were cohesive throughout, not surprising since they have been playing together since September last year.  The relentless energy of Sean never waned – even through the encore which was demanded by the audience as a final treat - so Sean chose a tune about tomato ketchup!   It’s hard to define this genre of music but with Noonan’s boundless energy coupled with the quality of the trio’s playing make it a uniquely entertaining experience each time he visits.  
Ken D.

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Bebop Spoken Here -- Here, being the north-east of England -- centred in the blues heartland of Newcastle and reaching down to the Tees Delta and looking upwards to the Land of the Kilt.
Not a very original title, I know; not even an accurate one as my taste, whilst centred around the music of Bird and Diz, extends in many directions and I listen to everything from King Oliver to Chick Corea and beyond. Not forgetting the Great American Songbook the contents of which has provided the inspiration for much great jazz and quality popular singing for round about a century.
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