“Pannonica”

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“Pannonica” – Live at Splinter @ The Bridge, Newcastle Upon Tyne November 9th 2014.
Pannonica: Zoe Gilby – vocals, Paul Edis – Keyboards, Andy Champion – Bass, Adrian Tilbrook – Drums

Sunday 30th November 2014 – “Leash”

leash-optOutside the sometimes confining realms of jam sessions, we don’t often hear Mark Williams or Andy Champion play standards (Adrian Tilbrook, of course, played most of them when they were first written), so you might characterise this as their straightahead project. But these things are relative, and although much of the repertoire may be familiar – Monk, Rollins and Scofield are amongst the compositional seams to be mined – the approach is anything but routine. If the ‘leash’ of the band name refers to the melodic and harmonic constraints of the material, all three musicians take every opportunity to slip loose; this is, in fact, an object lesson in how creative artists can always find new vistas in well visited landscapes. Very highly recommended.

Doors 7:30pm : £6 entry  : Music starts 8.15pm : There is no wheelchair access to this venue.
The Bridge Hotel
Castle Square
Newcastle
NE1 1RQ
T: 0191 232 6400

“In Walked Bud” – Pannonica

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“In Walked Bud” – Live at Splinter @ The Bridge, Newcastle Upon Tyne November 9th 2014.
Pannonica: Zoe Gilby – vocals, Paul Edis – Keyboards, Andy Champion – Bass,
Adrian Tilbrook – Drums

Sunday November 23rd – Sean Noonan with the Suwalki String Quartet

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This gig is a combined promotion with Jazz North East.

Doors 7:30pm : £8 entry (£6 concessions) : Music starts 8.15pm : There is no wheelchair access to this venue.
The Bridge Hotel
Castle Square
Newcastle
NE1 1RQ
T: 0191 232 6400

 

IF the jazz world possesses a more restlessly innovative musician than Irish-American drummer Sean Noonan, weʼve yet to find him. Sean first came to Tyneside over a decade ago with jazz-punk trio The Hub, and has been back since with his African influenced group ʻBrewed by Noonʼ, a wildly eccentric duo with keyboards maverick Matthew Bourne, and with two lederhosen-clad friends in his Bavarian Trio! Then last year we welcomed him with his most ambitious project yet, a collaboration with Polandʼs Suwalki String Quartet based around Sean’s story ‘A Gambler’s Hand’.

Even by Sean’s constantly surprising standards this was a revelation, with the writing demonstrating a remarkable grasp of the tones and textures available from a string group, and the live performance delivering a dynamic interaction between the rhythmic complexity of the strings, the percussive force of the drumming, and the surreal imagery of the narration. Little wonder that a recording on the Songlines label and live performances on both sides of the Atlantic have drawn ecstatic reviews, with Critical Jazz describing it as “a dynamic and virtually faultless execution of art at an apex of creativity few can match”, while Lucid Culture called it “a category unto itself – and one of the best albums of 2012 in any style of music”. But influential American reviewer S Victor Aaron came closest to capturing the essence of Sean: “You think this might be boring? Cʼmon man, relax, this is Sean Noonan … itʼs like nothing else out there”.

We agree. A Noonan gig is always unlike anything you’ve heard before, including his own previous performance . . . so when we heard that the project was back on the road with some new material, we had no hesitation in welcoming him back to Tyneside.

“Angular” – The Paul Edis Sextet live at The Sage, Gateshead, 25th September 2014

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Recorded live September 25th 2014 at The Sage, Gateshead, at the launch of the album “Mr Hipster”.
Paul Edis (piano), Graham Hardy (trumpet & flugelhorn), Graeme Wilson (flute tenor & baritone saxophones), Chris Hibbard (trombone), Mick Shoulder (double bass) & Adam Sinclair (drums)

Sunday 16th September – The Johnny Hunter Quartet

Doors 7:30pm : £6 entry : Music starts 8.15pm : There is no wheelchair access to this venue.
The Bridge Hotel
Castle Square
Newcastle
NE1 1RQ
T: 0191 232 6400

The Johnny Hunter Quartet was brought together in 2012 by drummer and composer Johnny Hunter to further explore his experiments with the freedoms and challenges presented by the absence of a harmony instrument. Johnny’s compositions draw on the piano-less groups of Sonny Rollins and Joe Henderson and right through to the more recent ensembles of Dave Douglas, John Zorn and Jim Black.

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Paul Edis Sextet – “Knight Errant” – Live at The Sage Gateshead

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Recorded live September 25th 2014 at The Sage, Gateshead, at the launch of the album “Mr Hipster”.
Paul Edis (piano), Graham Hardy (trumpet & flugelhorn), Graeme Wilson (flute tenor & baritone saxophones), Chris Hibbard (trombone), Mick Shoulder (double bass) & Adam Sinclair (drums)

Sunday 9th November- Zoe Gilby Quartet – Pannonica “Carmen Sings Monk”

 
Doors 7:30pm : £6 entry : Music starts 8.15pm : There is no wheelchair access to this venue.
The Bridge Hotel
Castle Square
Newcastle
NE1 1RQ
T: 0191 232 6400

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Zoe Gilby (vocals) Paul Edis (piano) Andy Champion (double bass) and Adrian Tilbrook (drums) will be performing a selection of tracks from the 1988 album “Carmen Sings Monk”
Carmen McRae, a good friend of Thelonious Monk, sang 13 of his songs on this memorable album. Lyrics are by Jon Hendricks, Abbey Lincoln, Bernie Hanighen, Sally Swisher and Mike Ferro. Zoe Gilby’s “Pannonica” project will also feature other Thelonious Monk compositions with lyrical content.

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“Blues For Dad” – Paul Edis Sextet Live At The Sage


Live at The Sage, Gateshead, 25th September 2014
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Recorded live September 25th 2014 at The Sage, Gateshead, at the launch of the album “Mr Hipster”.
Paul Edis (piano), Graham Hardy (trumpet & flugelhorn), Graeme Wilson (flute tenor & baritone saxophones), Chris Hibbard (trombone), Mick Shoulder (double bass) & Adam Sinclair (drums)