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Charles Lloyd: "I'm raring to go out to play, because I know I'll find something to explain the inexplicable." (DownBeat August 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, Mouthpiece Music: "Lance writes pull quotes like no one else!"


14454 (and counting) posts since we started blogging 14 years ago. 732 of them this year alone and, so far, 30 this month (August 11).

From This Moment On ...


Mon 15: Jazz in the Afternoon @ Cullercoats Crescent Club. 1:00pm.
Mon 15: Stu Collingwood Organ Trio @ Black Bull, Blaydon. 8:00pm. Blaydon Jazz Club.

Tue 16: Paul Skerritt @ The Rabbit Hole, Durham. 7:00pm. Free (to reserve a table phone 0191 386 5556).

Wed 17: Vieux Carré Jazzmen @ Cullercoats Crescent Club. 1:00pm.
Wed 17: Darlington Big Band @ Darlington & Simpson Rolling Mills Club, Darlington. 7:00pm. Rehearsal session (open to the public).
Wed 17: 4B @ The Exchange, North Shields. 7:00pm.
Wed 17: Take it to the Bridge @ The Globe, Newcastle. 7:30pm.

Thu 18: Vieux Carré Jazzmen @ The Holystone, North Tyneside. 1:00pm.
Thu 18: Gateshead Jazz Appreciation Society @ Gateshead Central Library. 3:00-5:00pm. £1.00. All welcome.
Thu 18: Castillo Nuevo @ Revoluçion de Cuba, Newcastle. 5:30-8:30pm.
Thu 18: Newcastle Jazz Festival @ Bridge Hotel, Newcastle. Strictly Smokin’ Big Band. 7:00pm. Free (four-day festival ticket £40.00.).
Thu 18: Tees Hot Club @ Dorman’s Club, Middlesbrough. 9:00pm. Guests: Dave Archbold (keys); Dan Johnson (sax); Josh Bentham (sax); Bill Watson (trumpet); Ron Smith (bass)

Fri 19: Jo Harrop & Jamie McCredie @ Lit & Phil, Newcastle. 1:00pm. SOLD OUT!
Fri 19: Classic Swing @ Cullercoats Crescent Club. 1:00pm.
Fri 19: New Orleans Preservation Jazz Band @ Oxbridge Hotel, Stockton. 1:00pm. £5.00.
Fri 19: Rendezvous Jazz @ The Monkseaton Arms, Monkseaton. 1:00pm.
Fri 19: Jo Harrop & Jamie McCredie @ St Cuthbert’s Centre, Crook. 7:30pm.
Fri 19: Newcastle Jazz Festival @ Black Swan, Newcastle. 7:30pm. Harry Keeble Duo + Northern Monkey Brass Band. £15.00. (four-day festival ticket £40.00.).
Fri 19: Mo Scott @ The Millstone, South Gosforth, Newcastle. 8:00pm. Scott w Gary Dunn, Neil Harland & Paul Smith.

Sat 20: Newcastle Jazz Festival @ Tyne Bank Brewery, Newcastle. All day event (from 1:30pm): Riviera Effect + Alter Ego + Graham Hardy Quartet + Jo Harrop & Jamie McCredie + Ivo Neame Quartet. £17.00. (four-day festival ticket £40.00.).
Sat 20: Anth Purdy @ Prohibition Bar, Newcastle. 8:00pm. Free (donations).

Sun 21 Vieux Carré Hot 4 @ Spanish City, Whitley Bay. 12 noon.
Sun 21: Newcastle Jazz Festival @ Tyne Bank Brewery, Newcastle. All day event (from 1:30pm): Lindsay Hannon & Alan Law + Knats + David Gray’s Flextet + Ben Gilbert Trio + Emma Rawicz. £17.00. (four-day festival ticket £40.00.).
Sun 21: Foundry Jazz Ensemble @ The Exchange, North Shields. 3:00pm.

Sunday, July 03, 2022

The Wild Women of Wylam @ The Blues, Jazz & Swing Festival. The Exchange, North Shields - July 3

(© The Exchange)
Helen Walker (trumpet); Jude Murphy (vocals/bass); Andrea Harris (vocals); Caroline Guirr (keys); Alison Paton (drums).

These women of Wylam are wild. I'm not sure if they are wanton but they're certainly wonderful!

The wildness began with what sounded like an orgasmic shriek (if my memory serves me correctly) before Andrea and Jude shared vocals on what may have been called Give me Your Love. This was good. The WWOW are the blonde bombshells of 2022 irrespective of the colour of their hair.

Jude did Twisted courtesy of Wardell Gray and Annie Ross, singing superbly and playing nice bass lines. Andrea sang Bewitched, Bothered and Bewildered complete with the verse and a virtuosic, almost a coloratura, finale that left the audience totally bewitched without being at all bothered and bewildered! In between Helen blew a lovely trumpet solo.

Helen was on the money again on Senor Blues; a number that also had Caroline playing some runs that you don't find in Czerny!

Jude sang Comes Love and Andrea gave us that strangest of songs - Nature Boy. Helen blew muted and, once more, Caroline hit pay dirt (musically speaking).

Clifford Brown's Sandu proved to be fertile ground for Jude's scatting and the film, The Purple Plain provided the material for Andrea's emotive rendition of Miss Celie's Blues. Jude sang Georgia on my Mind followed by Cheek to Cheek. Caroline really went for it on that one! This was her Mona Lisa, her Tower of Pisa, her unwritten jazz piano concerto - in other words, it was okay!

More shrieking as Andrea and Jude took us out on Stevie's La La La La La. We all joined in as we knew most of the words. 

Five fine musicians - not forgetting Alison who, although hidden in the engine room away from the spotlight, provided solid support throughout and helped to ensure that this is a band to remember and, a date to remember is July 24 when the Wild Women invade the Globe*. 

It had been a fitting finale to my afternoon at The Exchange's first jazz festival. There was more to come but my carriage awaited (number 11 bus) so I bid a reluctant farewell - Lance 

*Unfortunately now postponed. In their place will be the Rebelators.


Patti said...

Yeah - wildly wild! This was a blast. Anyway, that great number 'Miss Celie's Blues' was from The Colour Purple, not from 'Purple Plain' - a lot of purpleness here, but Purple Plain was a British made WW2 film from 1945 .......

Lance said...

I stand corrected!

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