The Charlie Moon Sextet ‘ Patchwork’ Album Launch

The Charlie Moon Sextet ‘ Patchwork’ Album Launch

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Arthur’s Blues & Jazz Club

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The Charlie Moon Sextet ‘ Patchwork’ Album Launch

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Patchwork is the debut album by The Charlie Moon Sextet that exhibits his multi-talented nature as an arranger, composer, band leader, singer and guitarist. Adding tenor saxophone and trumpet to his quartet, Moon took inspiration from the classic Blue Note recordings such as that of Lee Morgan's Search For The New Land with Wayne Shorter, as well as modern trios such as Brad Mehldau and The Bad Plus for the sound and instrumentation of the album. Patchwork is a descriptive title referring to the culmination of his musical influences on the album, blending his own music with original arrangements of compositions by Duke Ellington and Thelonious Monk as well as modern electronic UK artists such as James Blake and Thom Yorke.

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Singer-guitarist Charlie Moon; Ireland’s “rising star” of jazz ~ The Irish Times, has been referred to as the Emerald Isle’s answer to ‘The Prince of Cool’ - Chet Baker, working mainly in the cool jazz, blues and soul jazz idioms. Taking after his father Nigel Mooney on guitar, “Ireland’s King of the blues” ~ BBC, Charlie became notable for playing a melodic guitar style mixing rhythmically swinging bebop & blues, drawing influence from the likes of Grant Green and Peter Bernstein as well as singing styles such as that of the aforementioned Chet Baker, conveying a strong storytelling quality in his delivery.

Named after Charlie Parker, he was exposed to music at an early age by his parents, both of which are jazz musicians (his mother a singer also), learning to play ‘Thelonious’ by Monk at the age of two on the piano and internalising a vast repertoire of standards from hearing vocal records on in the home. As a child, his father brought him to see every major name in jazz that came through Ireland including Jimmy Smith, Ahmad Jamal, George Benson, Brad Mehldau, Wayne Shorter and arranged a guitar lesson for him with Larry Coryell when he was 13.

After completing a European tour in 2013 with his band Croupier, he returned to education to complete his Bachelor's degree in jazz performance in Dublin, and later, a Masters of the same variety in The Netherlands, where he studied with the likes of Seamus Blake, Gregory Hutchinson, Lionel Loueke, Jeff Ballard, Joey Baron, Jesse Davis, Steve Coleman and Dave Liebman. During his years of tuition he frequented New York to go to jazz clubs and take lessons with jazz guitar giants such as Gilad Hekselman, Adam Rogers, Nir Felder and Yotam Silberstein.

In 2018 he was nominated for best original score at the Kerry Film Festival for his work on the film ‘Ask Me now’. Many of the compositions for this instrumental project would be reimagined for his debut album ‘Patchwork’ .

Throughout his career he has played in Europe and frequently at the prestigious Cork, Limerick and Bray jazz festivals in Ireland. He has also featured numerous times with the Dublin City Jazz Orchestra, The Hot House Big Band and The Downtown Big Band, both as a singer and a rhythm guitarist respectively

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