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2019 Parliamentary Jazz Awards

The voting is open between now and May 31 to enable site visitors to nominate their choices in the various categories of this year's APPJAG awards which can be done here.
BSH was very proud to be nominated and to win the 2018 Media Award and hope we can have your support again this year.

Today Wednesday May 22

Afternoon

Jazz

Vieux Carré Jazzmen - Cullercoats Crescent Club, 1 Hudleston, Cullercoats NE30 4QS. Tel: 0191 253 0242. 1:00pm. Free admission.

Julija Jacenaite & Alan Law - Jazz Café, Newcastle Arts Centre, Westgate Road, Newcastle NE1 1SG. Tel: 0191 261 5618. 2:00pm. Free. Café Mezzanine (first floor, access via crafts shop).

Evening

Take it to the Bridge - The Globe, Railway Street, Newcastle NE4 7AD. 7:30pm. £1.00.

Blues

Moonshine Sessions - Billy Bootleggers, Nelson St, Newcastle NE1 5AN. 8:30pm. Free.

To the best of our knowledge, details of the above events are correct but may be subject to alteration.

Friday, May 23, 2014

EP Review The Slowlight Quartet In Flight

Paul Loraine (keyboards), Ian ‘Dodge’ Paterson (double bass), Jonathan Marriott (drums) & Tom Quilliam (tenor & soprano saxophones)
(Review by Russell).
The Slowlight Quartet’s debut five track limited edition EP is a study in beautifully crafted, understated composition and performance. The five tunes, written by Paul Loraine, are a feast for the ears. Melodies marinate, infused with subtle spices, the music world’s equivalent of the slow cooking movement.
The title track, In Flight, exemplifies the band’s sound; deceptively simple melody, layered introduction of the instrumentalists, brevity of solo subservient to the composition. Loraine’s keyboards deny Tom Quilliam’s sinewy tenor an extended solo (a compositional hallmark), a sudden, triumphant ending leaving the listener wanting more. Shifting Ground opens with Ian Paterson’s commanding double bass figure shadowed by Quilliam’s shimmering tenor. A typical twist (or shift) engages piano and Jonathan Marriott’s drums in a drum ‘n’ bass vibe, disturbed by Quilliam switching to fiery soprano, ultimately quelled by Loraine’s keys.
Iris – flower or eye? Perhaps inspired by petals opening, revealing themselves over time, perhaps a slow shutter speed, time-lapse photography. Who knows? The tune hears the Slowlights at their most reflective. Paterson leads off, Marriott uses brushes to great effect, Quilliam’s measured tenor, a magical phrase from Loraine makes the tune. The EP’s penultimate track – Peregrine – begs the question: Who’s that like? Familiar, contemporary jazz? Yes, but…it’s the Slowlights, that’s who! Keys and tenor state the theme over Marriott’s mallets, Quilliam threatens to ratchet-up the tension, the ensemble takes it down, bassist Paterson intervenes with a considered solo, ceding to Quilliam and Marriott who have the last word.  The Slowlight Quartet isn’t about solo flights, the final track – Walking Spanish – typifies the collective approach of Loraine, Paterson, Marriott and Quiliam. In Flight is a welcome addition to the burgeoning catalogue of fine recordings by north east musicians. The EP is a limited edition release. Recorded, mixed and mastered by Liam Gaughan. A download alternative is available. Visit www.theslowlightquartet.co.uk Highly recommended.     
Russell.             

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