Twenty years of hot jazz and spats

SPATS Langham and Hot Fingers are celebrating their 20th anniversary this year, and their birthday tour includes three dates with Artsreach in Dorset, starting at Langton Matravers village hall on Thursday 25th at 7.30pm.

Join Hot Fingers on a musical journey, weaving together the history of songs and jazz from the 1920s and 30s, with tales of 20 years on the road together.

Expect an eclectic mix of vintage acoustic music, from the red-hot jazz of 1920s New York and sophisticated 1930s swing, to the king of gypsy swing Django Reinhardt, the blues guitars of Eddie Lang and Lonnie Johnson and the syncopated Latin rhythms of Argentinean Oscar Aleman.

Hot Fingers frontman Tom ‘Spats’ Langham has been entertaining since his teens on tenor banjo, guitar, ukulele and vocals and has performed with such notables as The Pasadena Roof Orchestra, The Temperance Seven and Acker Bilk. Malcolm Sked, on tuba, sousaphone and double-bass, has toured the world with Bob Kerr’s Whoopee Band and The Charleston Chasers. Together with vocalist Emily Campbell and multi-instrumentalist Danny Blyth on clarinets, guitar, mandolin and harmonica, Hot Fingers regularly fill jazz clubs, halls and theatres up and down the country.

Twenty Years with Hot Fingers is at Broadwindsor’s Comrades Hall on Friday 26th January and Briantspuddle village hall on Saturday 27th, both at 7.30pm. Later in the spring, the group has more local dates, including Wivey Has Jazz at Wiveliscombe on 10th April and Simonsbath Festival on Exmoor on 11th May.