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Today Thursday November 21

Afternoon

Jazz

Vieux Carré Jazzmen - Holystone, Whitley Road, Holystone NE27 0DA. Tel: 0191 266 6173. 1:00pm. Free.

Evening

Jazz

Brand New Heavies - Riverside, Neptune House, Close, Newcastle NE1 3RQ. 7:00pm. £25.00.

Alice Grace-Jordan Alfonso Quintet - St James' & St Basil's Church, Fenham Hall Drive, Fenham, Newcastle NE4 9EJ. 7:30pm. £8.00. (£4.00. student).

Son Yambu - Whorlton Village Hall, Barnard Castle DL12 8XD. Tel: 01833 627253. 7:30pm. £10.00., £5.00. child, £25.00. family.

Maine Street Jazzmen - Sunniside Social Club, Hollywell Lane, Sunniside, Gateshead NE16 5NJ. Tel: 0191 488 7347. 8:30pm. Free.

Tees Hot Club w. Dan Johnson (tenor sax); Donna Hewitt (slto sax); Dave Archbold (keys). - Dorman’s Club, Oxford Road, Middlesbrough TS5 5DT. Tel: 01642 823813. 8:30pm. Free.

New Orleans Preservation Jazz Band - Oxbridge, Oxbridge Lane, Stockton on Tees TS18 4AW. 8:30pm. £2.50.

Blues/Soul/Funk/Etc.

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To the best of our knowledge, details of the above events are correct but may be subject to alteration.

Wednesday, March 20, 2013

Sean Noonan’s Bavarian Trio @ The Bridge Hotel. March 19, 2013

Sean Noonan (drums, vocals & kitsch kilt), Norbert Burger (guitar) & Harry Saltzman (tenor saxophone)
(Review by Russell).
Jazz North East invited Brooklyn, NYC drummer Sean Noonan to make another visit to Newcastle, this time in the company of two lederhosen-clad improvisers, to regale us with more of his fantastical tales from the Weird World of Noonan.
The Hub first unleashed their power-trio punk-jazz on an unsuspecting Tyneside public a decade or so ago and Noonan has retained the band’s razor sharp thrash-jazz chops in his latest venture. Noonan went down to the (Bavarian) woods and found to his surprise two like-minded weirdos keen to make a noise, a big noise. And now they are on tour. Noonan is forever on the road, in part to escape the unwelcome advances of a drunkard of a landlady back home (that’s another story and Noonan will, no doubt, tell it again one day), writing and recording new material as he goes.
One senses it is the journey, not the getting there (wherever there is), that motivates Noonan. As Downtown Middleweight Champ, Noonan strode onto stage, head covered by a shimmering, hooded boxing cape, sporting a camouflage-patterned kilt. Is Noonan the Jeff Koons of NYC avant jazz? Kitsch comes easy to him – cape, boxer’s vest, kilt, bunny rabbit ears close at hand, a shrine to King Ludwig. Yes, welcome to the Weird World of Noonan. But can he play? You bet! And what of his new-found friends Burger and Saltzman?
Guitarist Norbert Burger looked positively normal (lederhosen aside!) - straight rather than cool. Being the former made him positively cool. Could he play? And some! Rockabilly, r’n’b, polka, waltz, louche lounge jazz swing, ska, Frisell, Wilko Johnson and more, so much more. Saltzman? He’s in the Weirdo Club…good on him! Big (imagine him chopping firewood in the back woods), bald with big, comedy stick-on beard (it was real!) and lederhosen. Big sound, sight-reading the newer material and as tight as could be. All three were the tightest of tight.
Noonan began with an old favourite – The Legend of John Henry – and followed it with more recent tunes (instant hits!) including The Reincarnation of Several Hammers, Forced Meatballs, Pocket Bones, Na Connery’s and the true story of King Ludwig. Noonan’s compositions allowed for improvised break-out sections incorporating innumerable time signatures, myriad stylistic references, all the while respecting the convention of returning to the head. Frequently hilarious, frequently brilliant, this was a roller-coaster of a show.
Jazz North East’s next concert is a co-promotion with Splinter at the Bridge on Sunday 24 March at the Bridge Hotel featuring Compassionate Dictatorship.
Russell.                                 

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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.
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