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Anat Cohen: "With the tenor, it's so iconic with jazz. With the clarinet, I can improvise, but it doesn't have to be called jazz." - (DownBeat July 2019)

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Today Tuesday June 18

Afternoon

Jazz

Classic Swing - The Ship Inn, Front Street, Monkseaton NE25 8DP. 0191 251 3677. 1:00pm. Free.

Evening

Lickety Split - Fox Inn, West End Terrace, Hexham NE46 3DB.Tel: 01434 603681. 8:30pm. Free (donations).

River City Jazzmen - Block & Tackle, Blackthorn Way, Ashington NE63 8NW. Tel: 01670 813983 (info). 8:00pm. £5.00. (inc raffle). Line-up inc special guest Don Fairley (trombone).

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

Thursday, May 23, 2013

Slowlight Quartet @ The Star Inn, Westgate Rd., Newcastle. May 22.

Tom Quilliam (ten/sop); Paul Lorraine (keys); Ian Paterson (bs); Jonathon Marriott (dms).
(Review by Lance/Photos by James Sebright Photography).
The opener was neither slow nor light as Quilliam set the room on fire with an aggressive almost punk-like nonstop tenor blast that started on the intro and ended on the coda. No prisoners were taken.
A switch to soprano for a more mellifluous approach - at least for a while - before building  up for the kill until Lorraine brought it back from the brink and cooled it.
I can't put names to the pieces as they were, I guess, all originals and there were no announcements but it doesn't matter. One thing is sure, they weren't describing waterfalls or sunsets.
This was contemporary and yet accessible. Almost a one man show with few bass solos or drum solos and only an occasional chorus from keyboards. This was, in truth, four guys working together and it worked!
They even committed the heretic act of not finishing each number with that meaningless exercise known as "fours"!
The second set began with an explosive cadenza from Quilliam that summoned the rest of the band back on stage for another mix of shell-blasting and paintstipping albeit with the occasional reverie slipped in amongst the shot and shell.
The music may be verging on free but the heads are arranged effectively before releasing the musicians off into the wild.
An excellent session - catch this band when you can.
Lance.

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