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In the current climate we are doing our best to keep everyone up to date. All gigs, as we all know, are off.

However, good old YouTube has plenty to offer both old and new to help us survive whilst housebound. Plus now is a good time to stock up on your CDs.

Also, keep an eye out for live streaming sessions.

Alternatively, you could do as they do in Italy and sing from your balcony.


As we all know there are no live gigs taking place in the immediate future. However, any links to jazz streaming that are deemed suitable - i.e. with a professional approach - will be considered for posting.

Friday, May 01, 2020

Streaming Rico, Martin 'n' Bunny - May 1

Rico Tomasso (trumpet, flugelhorn, vocals); Martin Litton (piano) 

Another Friday, another Rico Tomasso lockdown session. This week our host was drinking Fuller's Bengal Lancer, your reviewer Cullercoats' Rocket Brigade IPA. Joining Rico this evening were Martin Litton and Bunny Berigan - the former virtually, the latter in spirit. That's Berigan in the frame between Martin on the left and Rico on the right (see photo). 

As ever, three tunes interspersed by entertaining anecdotes made the half hour fly by. Rico introduced Marie saying he would try to emulate, on trumpet, Tommy Dorsey's trombone part with the aid of a mic-a-mute and Martin Litton would take the part of the entire Dorsey orchestra. Rico clearly rates Martin's abilities! 

Picking up his flugelhorn, Rico chatted about Billy Butterfield and others by way of setting up Someone Else's Love. Our host said he was familiar with Jack Teagarden's recording otherwise he was taking a look at it more or less for the first time. Litton's accompaniment was as one would expect, top drawer, although on this occasion the picture froze (thankfully not the audio) on Martin with Rico unaffected - we're becoming accustomed to these things!

Rico mentioned he was sitting in the garden earlier today when he came across the online funeral service of clarinetist Dick Laurie. Mr Laurie died on April 10, an appreciation of the popular jazz man can be found at  

In signing-off for the evening, Rico plugged 'Dress Up Saturday', that's when our Louis disciple dresses up for no good reason other than he fancies it! With Martin Litton as Fats Waller, Rico said good night with Honeysuckle Rose.  

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