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Bebop Spoken There

Steve Race: "The personnel is different, notably in the inclusion of Ben Webster, always, to my mind, a rather half-hearted tenor player" - - New Musical Express, 16-9-1949.

The Things They Say!

Hudson Music: Lance's "Bebop Spoken Here" is one of the heaviest and most influential jazz blogs in the UK.

Rupert Burley (Dynamic Agency): "BSH just goes from strength to strength".

'606' Club: "A toast to Lance Liddle of the terrific jazz blog 'Bebop Spoken Here'"

The Strictly Smokin' Big Band included Be Bop Spoken Here (sic) in their 5 Favourite Jazz Blogs.

Postage

13,508 (and counting) posts since we started blogging 13 years ago. 926 of them this year alone and, so far, 90 this month (July 27).

From This Moment On

Wed 28: Ragtime Rewind Swing Band @ Assembly Rooms, 40 North Bailey, Durham DH1 3ET. 9:20pm. £8.00. A Durham Fringe Festival event (www.durhamfringe.co.uk).

Thu 29: Vieux Carré Jazzmen @ The Holystone North Tyneside. 1:00pm.

Thu 29: Maine Street Jazzmen @ Sunniside Social Club, Gateshead. 8:30pm.

Sat 31: Lindsay Hannon @ Prohibition Bar, Newcastle. 8:00pm. Lindsay previews new, original material.

Sat 31: jaktar + Johnny Richards @ Lit & Phil, Newcastle. 8:00pm. JNE promotion.

August

Sun 01: Vieux Carre Hot 4 @ Spanish City, Whitley Bay. 12 noon.

Sun 01: Jeffrey Hewer Quartet @ The Globe, Newcastle. 8:00pm. Leeds College of Music graduate guitarist (Masters, Jazz Performance & Composition).

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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