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Born to Brew  -  Sun Apr 15, 2012  |  08:00 pm
Admission £ 7.00 ( £ 5.00 concessions)
The duo of Irish-American drummer Sean Noonan and maverick UK keyboards man Matthew Bourne was one of the highlights of Jazz North East's 2011 programme, so when we heard that they were going on the road again, we lost no time in booking them for a return to the Bridge.

Noonan first came to the attention of Tyneside audiences with the Brooklyn-based punk-jazz trio The Hub, who were frequent visitors throughout the first decade of the century. But he has gone on to forge an entirely distinctive body of work inspired by the musician-storytellers of West Africa, and featuring him declaiming wild eyed tales of New York life while accompanying himself on the kit. In Matt Bourne he has found a partner with an equally free-wheeling spirit, firing up a keyboard counterpoint to every twist and turn of Noonan's narrative. It's frequently hilarious, but it's also collective musicianship of a very high order indeed.

The duo's 2011 gig inspired an ecstatic reception, even if listeners found it hard to actually describe what they'd heard! "This was Zappa, this was Beefheart, this was Dr Chad, this was Zorn, this was Norman Bates," wrote one reviewer, adding that "This was a memorable night for those with a sense of humour".

Sean Noonan has promised that this time round he has some new stories to tell. We can hardly wait!