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Michael Feinstein: “Fred Astaire is my favorite singer. To me, he was the perfect interpreter of American popular song.” – (Jazz Times December 2014).

Bud Shank: “Once I saw California – that was it, I stayed.” – (Jazz Journal May 1991)

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Friday February 24

Afternoon
Rendezvous Jazz - The Monkseaton Arms, Front St., Monkseaton, Whitley Bay NE25 8DP. 1pm. Free.
Sue Ferris Trio - Bishop Auckland Town Hall, Market Place, Bishop Auckland DL14 7NP. 1pm. £5.
Hand to Mouth - (Lindsay Hannon/Bradley Johnston) - Lit & Phil, 23 Westgate Rd., Newcastle NE1 1SE. 1pm. £5.
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Evening
Mo Scott Band - Jazz Café, 25 Pink Lane, Newcastle NE1 5DW. 9pm. £7/£5 (in advance).
Taupe - Head of Steam, Neville St., Newcastle. 8pm. CD launch.
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Steve Bone - Al Forno, 81 Skinnergate, Darlington DL3 7LX. 7:00pm.
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To the best of our knowledge, details of the above events are correct but may be subject to alteration.

Friday, July 24, 2015

CD Review: Slowlight Quartet - Live at Manchester Jazz Festival

Paul Loraine (keyboards), Tom Quilliam (saxophone), Ian ‘Dodge’ Paterson (bass) & Jonathan Marriott (drums)
(Review by Russell)
Live at Manchester Jazz Festival is the Slowlight Quartet’s follow-up to the five track EP In Flight. The ‘live’ element is particularly welcome as the band is best heard performing in front of an audience. Composer-in-chief Paul Loraine wrote six of the seven tracks, the seventh is from the pen of saxophonist Tom Quilliam. The Slowlight sound is that of Paul Loraine’s tunes evolving from considered piano, saxophone or bass intros, developing the group sound.
Tom Quilliam’s scorching tenor emerges on several numbers – notably Walking Spanish, This Time and Shifting Ground – burning brightly, then dimmed, subservient to the group dynamic. This is expertly executed stuff; Ian Paterson’s bass playing the foundation, as is Jonathan Marriott (drums) whose driving sticks-work on Shifting Ground sustains a level of excitement appreciated by the 2014 Manchester Jazz Festival crowd.
Quilliam’s This Time hears the composer go through the gears; on this and the remaining six tracks, Paul Loraine’s reassuring presence keeps a tight reign on his band mates, thus retaining the Slowlight Quartet’s hugely impressive and instantly identifiable sound. 
Russell.
The Slowlight Quartet – Live at Manchester Jazz Festival (Jazz Sound Records Cat. No. JSR002) is available now.

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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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