Black Lodge Quartet is a bluesy, jazzy, loungey rock band from Connecticut. Singer Lilly’s vocals range from sultry jazz club chanteuse to powerful blues/rock diva. Refined retro guitar, upright bass and jazzy drums provide the instrumental backdrop for this fun, surprising and sophisticated combo.
The seeds for Black Lodge Quartet were sown when Dan Surkis, founder and guitarist of surf instrumental band “The Clams”, was looking for a new challenge. One night he sat down with British blues legend Tim Elliot at a holiday party. Well into the deep musical dialog Tim said, of his daughter, “You know Lilly’s a great singer”. “Really!?” Dan replied nearly manifesting an illuminated light bulb over his head. Now Dan had met Lilly before, but knew the quiet and secretive Brit only as an artist. He had no idea she was also a singer. A patient but persistent string of offers to “try a couple of songs” with the band finally paid off. And she agreed to a one-off show as a guest vocalist with the Clams. By the time she finished belting out the first phrase of Blues favorite “Stormy Monday” Dan knew he had found the challenge he was seeking.
Well that “one-off show” became Black Lodge Quartet. The Clams years of gigging and recording experience along with a ‘healthy’ obsession for sound quality, allowed the group to quickly arrive at a sound complementary to Lilly’s powerful voice. The Line-up is completed by John Krawczyk who brings the depth with his five string fretless upright electric bass. And Paul Krampitz, a jazz/big band drummer who joined in late 2017, whose style adds an authentic jazz element that pulls together their unique sound. A sound that is part 30’s night club and part 60s house party.
Come visit Black Lodge Quartet and you might enjoy a jazz standard like Black Coffee, a film theme like Diamonds are forever, or a surprising take on pop and alternative rock like Evil ways or Femme Fatale. Of course Black Lodge Quartet is also building a repertoire of original songs as well. When you are in the mood for a jazzy, bluesy, loungey rock band with a very sultry singer, you know who to call.
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