Friday, September 21, 2012

Sean Nowell Stockholm Swingin' The Interview Part 1!

Sean Nowell is another fine example of the high level of artistry to come out of the Posi-Tone stable of artists. I was fortunate enough to have Sean field some questions for us on his latest release and jazz in general.

Stockholm Swingin' does just that...It swing hard! Can you tell us more about the record?

S.N. - "Stockholm Swingin' began when guitarist Fredrik Olsson decided to bring 15 year old pianist Leo Lindberg to New York for the first time. Fredrik reached out to drummer Joe Abba, an old college friend and longtime cohort of mine, to set up a jam session with some of his favorite musicians and much fun was had by all. This inspired Fredrik to apply for a travel grant from the Swedish Arts Council for Joe and I to fly to Sweden to make a 14 day tour. With the addition of acoustic bassist Lars Ekman, we piled into the van, braved the ice and moose, and were met with enthusiastic ovations across the Swedish countryside. Stockholm Swingin' represents a snapshot of the group at the end of the tour performing at the world renowned Glenn Miller Cafe in Stockholm. Since then, the group has done another even more successful tour of Sweden and 2 tours of NYC to consistently delighted audiences.
Stockholm Swingin' was recorded over two nights at the Glenn Miller Cafe in Stockholm. It's a great sounding, intimate room with lots of energy exchange with the audience. The people of Sweden are really psyched to hear killing swinging!"

The Seeker is another high octane foot to the floor type release. Your tone has a nice blues inflection that some cats work their entire career for and can never find. Being from Birmingham (I'm from Ky.), do you think your regional upbringing played a significant roll in your finding your voice?

S.N. - "I grew up singing in the Southern Baptist Church and even attended Samford, a Southern Baptist University for two years before learning about jazz at Berklee College of Music. It's been extremely valuable to me to grow up  around people screaming the blues through their voice, guitars, horns, and drums...I learned how to swing from the old guys at the late night jam sessions in rough parts of Birmingham, Al. and have worked to keep that spirit as I've added more complexities that I've discovered here in NYC and through my world travels. I truly believe that keeping your eyes and ears open is the key to the real essence of jazz."