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Orrin Evans: “I’d like to see a younger audience and an audience that looks more like me at the clubs.” – (Down Beat November 2014).

Kevin Flanagan: "Besides, I'd got sick of playing jazz to people who looked like my father." - (Straight No Chaser Issue 0ne Summer 1988.)

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Today Friday August 18

Afternoon
Rendezvous Jazz - The Black Horse, Front St., Monkseaton, Whitley Bay NE25 8DP. 1pm. Free.
Levee Ramblers New Orleans Quartet - Tynemouth Metro Station, Station Tce., Tynemouth NE30 4RE. 1pm. Free.
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Evening
Kentucky Cowtippers - Billy Bootleggers, 28 Nelson St., Newcastle NE1 5AN. 9pm. Free.
Ray Johnson & Richard Herdman - Prohibition Bar, Arch 3, Brandling St., Gateshead NE8 2BA. 8pm.
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Steve Bone - Al Forno, 81 Skinnergate, Darlington DL3 7LX. 7pm.
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To the best of our knowledge, details of the above events are correct but may be subject to alteration.

Monday, November 24, 2014

Jazz North East & Splinter @ the Bridge present Sean Noonan & The Suwalki String Quartet @ The Bridge November 23.


Sean Noonan (drums & voice); Adam Roszkowski & Maciej Afanasjew (violins); Magda Malecka? - check photo! - (viola); Jan Roszkowski (cello)
(Review by Steve H/Photo by Ken Drew).
Sean Noonan entered the arena in his now familiar boxing gown however one would have to say that this guy is more of a surrealist then a pugilist -think Salvador Dali rather than Muhammad Ali. Noonan is not only a damn fine drummer but also a composer and storyteller of mystic tales. This was the second visit to the Bridge for this combination of string quartet and drums (see previous BSH review).
 It’s a strange mixture of a classical chamber ensemble meeting  a thrash jazz drummer with the addition of a whimsical narrative - think Bartok meets Flan O’Brien meets Keith Moon. When Noonan isn’t playing you might think you were attending a classical recital. The first set began with a story about a man locked in a wall (a gamblers hand) and another about humans who return to the water to become seals (Selkies).   The second set featured titles from his next album which focus on a Polish mythological legend Skarbnik, who is the guardian of all the mines with the power to protect or punish the miners depending on their behaviour.  It’s hard to define this genre of music but why bother because Noonan’s boundless energy coupled  with the quality of the string quartet make it a uniquely entertaining experience.  
Steve H.
(Ed. note: I'm informed It should be ..  A Gambler’s Hand, as per Noonan's web site and latest CD   “A Gambler's Hand - Music for String Quartet and Percussion” rather than - Sean Noonan & The Suwalki String Quartet!)

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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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