Saxophonist/Composer Sean Nowell will be performing with his Group at Smalls in New York City on Wednesday, June 17th, 2009 Set times are 9:00 PM & 10:30 PM in celebration of his newest CD release “The Seeker” on Posi-Tone Records.
Sean Nowell Group Nir Felder - Guitar Sean Nowell - Tenor Sax Art Hirahara - Piano Thomas Kneeland - Bass Joe Abbatantuono - Drums
“Nowell plays with a mellow tone, swings hard, and sidles up to Coltranian heights….” -The Manhattan Times
Tenor Saxophonist/Composer Sean Nowell fuses introspective melodies, darkly hued harmonies and angular rhythmic structures to create a sound that has succeeded at melding, morphing and mixing the best of Blue Note-era small group nirvana with the Headhunters’ pocket and vibe, evolving it to Right Now.” - All About Jazz
SMALLS 183 West 10th Street New York City
June 17th, 2009 Show times- 9:00 PM & 10:30 PM Admission $20
About Sean Nowell:
Sean Nowell is a tenor saxophonist and composer from Birmingham, Alabama steeped in the southern traditions of blues, gospel, jazz, and funk fused with the complex harmonic and world rhythmic concepts that permeate the music of the New York jazz scene. While in Alabama, Nowell sang in cathedrals with a national touring a cappella choir, and was exposed to vocal music from Germany, Eastern Europe, and Africa. He received a BA in Composition from Berklee College of Music in Boston in Jazz Composition and a MA from Manhattan School of Music in New York in Performance. He has composed and improvised film scores, music for ballet and theatre, 20th century classical music, big band, and small jazz ensembles and has pushed the character boundaries of the saxophone, flute, bass clarinet, and Udu (Nigerian clay pot drum) by integrating electronic effects pedals with those acoustic instruments.
Nowell has traveled and collaborated with dancers, actors, painters, and acrobats on multiple tours of China, Bulgaria, Kosovo, Macedonia, Bosnia, Serbia, Romania, France, Germany, Hungary, Holland, Belgium, Colombia, Venezuela, Singapore and the United States as Musical Director for Bond Street Theatre over the past decade. He’s participated in uniting clashing religious and ethnic groups in Kosovo through music and has been proud to serve as an unofficial artistic ambassador for the United States by exchanging social and artistic ideas and holding master classes in these countries on American Jazz, learning the folk music of the regions, and then incorporating it into his compositional and improvisational style.
He also recently recorded with Stanley Clarke and George Duke for the movie Soul Men". Sean is also part of some of the most creative, forward thinking ensembles in the city, including: Travis Sullivan’s Bjorkestra, the KUNG-FU MASTERS, Justin Mullens’ Delphian Jazz Orchestra, the Yutaka Uchida Quartet, and House of Waters. He has had multiple tours with his fx driven funk band, MonAtomic, and performs regularly in the top jazz clubs in New York City.