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Allison Neale: “It’s difficult if you play mainstream in the UK, it isn’t appreciated enough. The current scene seems to focus on musician-composers.” - (Jazz Journal April 2013).

Liam Noble: “I know some people think playing standards is old-fashioned but I love it.” – (Jazz Journal January 2016).

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Today Monday February 20

Afternoon.
Jazz in the Afternoon - Crescent Club, 1 Hudleston, Cullercoats NE30 3OS. 1pm. Free.
Evening.
Holy Moly & The Crackers + Rob Heron & The Tea Pad Orchestra - The Cluny, Lime St., Newcastle. 7pm. £10.
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Tuesday, May 27, 2014

The Slowlight Quartet with the Slowlight Strings @ The Star & Shadow Cinema. May 26

Paul Loraine (keyboards), Ian ‘Dodge’ Paterson (double bass), Jonathan Marriott (drums), Tom Quilliam (tenor saxophone), the Slowlight Strings & visuals
(Review by Russell).
The long holiday weekend, the weather fine, the Slowlights’ EP launch set for the Star and Shadow Cinema. An ailing Ian Paterson sufficiently recovered to ensure the show went ahead, there was a palpable sense of anticipation in the air. The box office turned people away. There is a jazz trio at the Bridge Hotel said the ticket seller, attempting to placate the disappointed (note to the ticket seller – NE4 were at the Bridge, a quartet, a clue is in the 4, as opposed to a 3).
The Star and Shadow’s much improved cinema space – it looks like a cinema – couldn’t have been fuller had there been an in person Q & A with Jack Nicholson! All seats long gone, last minute arrivals stood or sat in the aisles. The Slowlights occupied one half of the stage, a string quartet (conventional instrumentation – two violins, viola, cello) the other. The cinema screen behind them, the show started right on time. In Flight, the limited edition EP (five tracks, all composed by Paul Loraine), featured, as did several other signature Slowlight tunes. Repeated listening of the EP suggested the addition of strings in a live setting would work wonderfully well. It did. Tom Quilliam (tenor) said the two quartets met for the first time earlier in the day. The strings’ commitment to the project admirable, their interpretation of the music placed in front of them deserving of the highest praise. A third element, film, combined documentary material of pre-war Berlin (dir. Walther Ruttmann) and contemporary images of Tyneside (a familiar, impressionist view, an expressionist road trip).
The fusing of the Slowlights, strings and film produced stunning results. The audience, very much on side, applauded the solos, the strings’ sectional work and the moving image. A memorable occasion, an unalloyed success and with or without the Slowlight Strings, make every effort to catch the Slowlight Quartet live, the band of the moment.    
Russell.

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Bebop Spoken Here -- Here, being the north-east of England -- centred in the blues heartland of Newcastle and reaching down to the Tees Delta and looking upwards to the Land of the Kilt.
Not a very original title, I know; not even an accurate one as my taste, whilst centred around the music of Bird and Diz, extends in many directions and I listen to everything from King Oliver to Chick Corea and beyond. Not forgetting the Great American Songbook the contents of which has provided the inspiration for much great jazz and quality popular singing for round about a century.
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Lance (Who wishes it to be known that he is not responsible for postings other than his own and that he's not always responsible for them.)
Contact: lanceliddle@gmail.com I look forward to hearing from you.

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