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Steve Fishwick: “I can’t get behind the attitude that new is always somehow better than old”. (Jazz Journal, April 15, 2019).

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

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Holly Cooper, Mouthpiece Music: "Lance writes pull quotes like no one else!"

Simon Spillett: A lovely review from the dean of jazz bloggers, Lance Liddle...

Josh Weir: I love the writing on bebop spoken here... I think the work you are doing is amazing.


16542 (and counting) posts since we started blogging 16 years ago. 422 of them this year alone and, so far, 29 this month (June 17).

From This Moment On ...


Mon 17: Harmony Brass @ Cullercoats Crescent Club. 1:00pm. Free.
Mon 17: ‘Tower of Power’ @ The Library Bar, Saddler St., Durham . 7:30pm.Free. A Durham University Jazz Society event. All welcome.

Tue 18: Vieux Carré Jazzmen @ The Victoria & Albert Inn, Seaton Delaval. 12:30pm. £13.00. ‘Jazz, Sausage ‘n’ Mash’…’with Onion Gravy’!
Tue 18: Jam Session @ The Black Swan, Newcastle. 7:30pm. Free. House trio: Stu Collingwood, Paul Grainger, Tim Johnston.
Tue 18: Libby Goodridge & Ben Davies @ The Lost Wanderer, Leazes Park Road, Newcastle. 8:00pm. £6.00. Triple bill, inc. Goodridge & Davies (jazz).

Wed 19: Vieux Carré Jazzmen @ Cullercoats Crescent Club. 1:00pm. Free.
Wed 19: Darlington Big Band @ Darlington & Simpson Rolling Mills Social Club, Darlington. 7:00pm. Free. Rehearsal session (open to the public).
Wed 19: Take it to the Bridge @ The Globe, Newcastle. 7:30pm. Free.

Thu 20: Vieux Carré Jazzmen @ The Holystone, Whitley Road, North Tyneside. 1:00pm. Free.
Thu 20 Gateshead Jazz Appreciation Society @ Brunswick Methodist Church, Newcastle. 2:00pm. £4.00. Note new venue!
Thu 20: Karine Polwart & Dave Milligan @ The Fire Station, Sunderland. 7:30pm. £29.00., £23.00. Folk/jazz duo.
Thu 20: Richard Herdman & Ray Burns @ Prohibition Bar, Newcastle. 8:00pm. Free. A ‘Jar on the Bar’ gig.
Thu 20: Tees Hot Club @ Dorman’s Club, Middlesbrough. 8:30pm. Guests: Josh Bentham (tenor sax); Donna Hewitt (alto sax); Dave Archbold (keys); Dave Harrison (trumpet); Ron Smith (bass).

Fri 21: Alan Barnes with Dean Stockdale Trio @ The Lit & Phil, Newcastle. 1:00pm. SOLD OUT!
Fri 21: Joe Steels’ Borealis @ The Gala, Durham. 1:00pm. £8.00.
Fri 21: Classic Swing @ Cullercoats Crescent Club. 1:00pm. Free.
Fri 21: Rendezvous Jazz @ The Monkseaton Arms. 1:00pm. Free.
Fri 21: New Orleans Preservation Jazz Band @ The Oxbridge Hotel, Stockton. 1:00pm. £5.00.
Fri 21: Soznak @ The Bike Garden, Nunsmoor, Newcastle NE4 5NU. 5:00-9:00pm. Free.
Fri 21: Errol Linton + Michael Littlefield & Scott Taylor (King Bees) @ Gosforth Civic Theatre, Newcastle. 7:30pm. £20.00. Blues double bill.
Fri 21: Alan Barnes with the Dean Stockdale Trio @ Seventeen Nineteen, Sunderland. 7:30pm.
Fri 21: Strictly Smokin’ Big Band @ Alnwick Playhouse. 8:00pm. ‘Ella & Ellington’.
Fri 21: Mark Toomey Quartet @ Traveller’s Rest, Darlington. 8:00pm. Opus 4 Jazz Club.

Sat 22: Jason Isaacs @ Stack, Seaburn SR6 8AA. 12:30-2:30pm. Free.
Sat 22: Abbie Finn Trio @ The Vault, Darlington. 7:00pm. Free.
Sat 22: Hejira: Celebrating Joni Mitchell @ The Cluny, Newcastle. 7:30pm (doors). £22.50.
Sat 22: Rockin’ Turner Bros. @ Prohibition Bar, Newcastle. 8:00pm. Free. A ‘Jar on the Bar’ gig.

Sun 23: Paul Skerritt @ Hibou Blanc, Newcastle. 2:00pm.
Sun 23: More Jam @ The Globe, Newcastle. 2:00pm. Free.
Sun 23: Matt Carmichael @ St Mary’s Church, Wooler. 3:00pm. Carmichael (saxophone), Fergus McCreadie (piano), Charlie Stewart (fiddle). ‘Scottish jazz, folk-roots & landscape’ Wooler Arts: Summer Concerts.
Sun 23: 4B @ The Ticket Office, Whitley Bay. 3:00pm. Free.
Sun 23: Tweed River Jazz Band @ Barrels Ale House, Berwick. 7:00pm. Free.
Sun 23: Bede Trio @ The Globe, Newcastle. 8:00pm.
Sun 23: Leeway @ Prohibition Bar, Newcastle. 8:00pm. Free. A ‘Jar on the Bar’ gig.
Sun 23: Jazz Jam @ Fabio’s Bar, Saddler St., Durham. 8:00pm. Free. A Durham University Jazz Society event. All welcome.

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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