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Sean Jones: "There were like three people in church who couldn't sing or play an instrument. We thought there was something wrong with them." (DownBeat July 2022)

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.
Ann Braithwaite (Braithwaite & Katz Communications) You’re the BEST! -- Holly Cooper:"Lance writes pull quotes like no one else!"


14362 (and counting) posts since we started blogging 14 years ago. 581 of them this year alone and, so far, 81 this month (June 26).

From This Moment On ...


Mon 27: Jazz in the Afternoon @ Cullercoats Crescent Club. 1:00pm.

Tue 28: Jam session @ Black Swan, Newcastle. 7:30pm. House trio: Dean Stockdale, Paul Grainger, Sid White.

Wed 29: Vieux Carré Jazzmen @ Cullercoats Crescent Club. 1:00pm.
Wed 29: Darlington Big Band @ Darlington & Simpson Rolling Mills Club, Darlington. 7:00pm. Rehearsal session (open to the public).
Wed 29: Four @ The Exchange, North Shields. 7:00pm. CANCELLED!
Wed 29: Take it to the Bridge @ The Globe, Newcastle. 7:30pm.

Thu 30: Vieux Carré Jazzmen @ The Holystone, North Tyneside. 1:00pm.
Thu 30: 58 Jazz Collective @ Hops & Cheese, Hartlepool. 7:30pm.
Thu 30: Lights Out By Nine @ Hoochie Coochie, Newcastle. 8:30pm. Free.
Thu 30: Maine Street Jazzmen @ Sunniside Social Club, Gateshead. 8:30pm.
Thu 30: Tees Hot Club @ Dorman’s Club, Middlesbrough. 9:00pm.


Fri 01: Classic Swing @ Cullercoats Crescent Club. 1:00pm.
Fri 01: New Orleans Preservation Jazz Band @ Oxbridge Hotel, Stockton. 1:00pm. £5.00.
Fri 01: Rendezvous Jazz @ The Monkseaton Arms, Monkseaton. 1:00pm.
Fri 01: Swing Manouche @ The Vault, Hexham. 7:30pm (doors). £20.00.
Fri 01: 1920s Speakeasy w live jazz @ The Exchange, North Shields. 8:00pm. A Blues, Jazz & Swing Festival event.
Fri 01: Struggle Buggy @ Prohibition Bar, Newcastle. Blind Pig Blues Club. 8:00pm.

Sat 02: Hot Fingers @ St Augustine’s Parish Centre, Darlington. 12:30pm. £10.00.
Sat 02: Play Jazz! workshop @ The Globe, Newcastle. 1:30pm. Tutor Steve Glendinning: Latin jazz. £25.00. Enrol at:
Sat 02: Talk: Storytelling & jazz as an expression of urban life @ The Exchange, North Shields. 1:45pm. A Blues, Jazz & Swing Festival event.
Sat 02: The Commandments + On Parole @ The Exchange, North Shields. 2:30pm. A Blues, Jazz & Swing Festival event. Rhythm & blues.
Sat 02: Geordie Jazz Man @ The Exchange, North Shields. 5:30pm. A Blues, Jazz & Swing Festival event. Screening of Abi Lewis’ documentary film about Keith Crombie & the Jazz Café.
Sat 02: The Delta Prophets Trio @ The Exchange, North Shields. 6:30pm. A Blues, Jazz & Swing Festival event. Rhythm & blues.
Sat 02: Swing Manouche @ Claypath Deli, Durham. 7:00pm.
Sat 02: Swung Eight & King Bees @ The Exchange, North Shields. 7:30pm. A Blues, Jazz & Swing Festival event. Swing dance + ace Chicago blues band.
Sat 02: Tyne Valley Big Band @ Greenside Community Centre, Ryton. 7:30pm.
Sat 02: Patrick Cromb @ Prohibition Bar, Newcastle. 8:00pm.

Sun 03 Vieux Carré Hot 4 @ Spanish City, Whitley Bay. 12 noon.
Sun 03: Smokin’ Spitfires @ The Cluny, Newcastle. 12:45pm.
Sun 03: Ruth Lambert & Martin Craggs. @ The Exchange, North Shields. 2:00pm. A Blues, Jazz & Swing Festival event.
Sun 03: Abbie Finn Trio @ The Exchange, North Shields. 3:00pm. A Blues, Jazz & Swing Festival event.
Sun 03: Wild Women of Wylam @ The Exchange, North Shields. 4:30pm. A Blues, Jazz & Swing Festival event.
Sun 03: 4B @ The Exchange, North Shields. 5:30pm. A Blues, Jazz & Swing Festival event.
Sun 03: Jazz Jam @ The Exchange, North Shields. 6:30pm. A Blues, Jazz & Swing Festival event.
Sun 03: Jeffrey Hewer Quartet @ The Globe, Newcastle. 8:00pm.

Mon 04: Jazz in the Afternoon @ Cullercoats Crescent Club. 1:00pm.

Monday, April 11, 2022

The New Wonders just off the New Jersey Turnpike - April 10

The New Wonders: Mike Davis (cornet, vocals); Jay Rattman (alto sax, clarinet, vocals); Joe McDonough (trombone); Jared Engel (banjo, vocals); Dalton Ridenhour (piano); Ryan Weisheit (bass sax); Jay Lepley (drums, vocals) 

Mike Davis' New Wonders accepted an invitation from the Tri-State Jazz Society to play an afternoon concert at Haddonfield Methodist Church, New Jersey. Cornetist Davis is a renowned exponent of all things 'classic jazz' - performing the music, dressing the part, living the life. The New Yorker and his New Wonders pulled off the New Jersey Turnpike to play a Sunday afternoon concert up in Haddonfield, a concert available to all, worldwide, thanks to the 'new wonder' of online streaming.

Davis reshuffled the pack ever so slightly with bass sax man Jay Rattman moving into the alto sax chair to accommodate Ryan Weisheit on the big beast. Davis' New Wonders album provided one or two numbers over the course of the afternoon's two sets. Indeed, I Get the Blues When it Rains, and the stand-out track from the 2016 recording, I'm Walking Between the Raindrops, proved to be first set highlights. 

Second set Davis said: Dalton, would you like to play a solo piano piece? Sure, replied our pianist, Good, said Davis. And so the band took five. The Gershwin's Do, Do, Do followed by Davis' transcription of Lila maintained a varied programme. More variety with a couple of four-part vocal harmonies (including Clorinda) featuring Davis, Rattman, Engel and Lepley, a kazoo-less Deep Sea Blues compensated by Joe McDonough's trombone and another Davis vocal feature on The Best Things in Life are Free.  The Very Thought of You featured the elegant piano playing of Dalton Ridenhour and Davis' vaudevillian vocals. The New Wonders signed-off with Tiger Rag. Russell

First set: Eiger ?; Nothin; Does-Does Like it Used to Do-Do-DoI Need Lovin'I Get the Blues When it RainsI'm Walking Between the RaindropsApril ShowersHurricaneArkansas BluesI'm More than SatisfiedSugar Foot StrutCrying for the CarolinasMidnight, the Stars and YouRockin' Chair.

Second set: Loud Speakin' Papa (You'd Better Speak Easy to Me)Persian RugThat Certain PartyLove Will Find a WayDo, Do, DoMy Blue HeavenLilaClorindaIf You Want the Rainbow (You Must Have the Rain)The Deep Blue Sea BluesThe Best Things in Life are FreeThree Blind MiceAlabamy BoundThe Very Thought of YouWang Wang BluesAin't Misbehavin'Tiger Rag.                   

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