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Saturday, June 20, 2020

Dress Up Saturday with Rico & Spats - June 20

Rico Tomasso (trumpet, vocals); Tom 'Spats' Langham (guitar, banjo, vocals)

There you are in your jogging bottoms. Look at the state of your t-shirt. Is that an egg stain? Honestly! Don't you know this is Dress Up Saturday? Take a look at Rico Tomasso and Tom Langham (pictured)...they made the effort, what's your excuse? 

Louis Armstrong is the constant in Rico Tomasso's twice weekly live stream, hence Rico's Popup Louis. Kicking off with Spats Langham on guitar, our duo played I Cried for You (an early twenties' number) with Rico taking a first vocal of the evening. Spats likes to sing a number and, from the early thirties, a rare number said Rico (Russ Columbo recorded it), Blue Evening with Rico's muted accompaniment. 

Tonight's ale said Rico (is the man angling for a sponsorship deal with a brewery?)...Timothy Taylor's Landlord. Time for a classic Armstrong number - Save it Pretty MamaFour bars banjo, I think Rico thought out loud. Sure enough, Spats came in, remotely, of course, with Rico toting his 1933 balance action horn and singing a la Louis.

Taking a look at the screen in front of him, Rico scanned the many comments, picking out Mike Lovatt's contribution: Lovely to see you there, Mike said Rico as he recalled working with his fellow trumpeter on many a gig. This evening's final number was one Tomasso's father liked to play. Glancing at his notes Rico said to himself: How does this one start? Eight bars guitar, I think. And so it did with Spats setting the pace, challenging Rico to keep up, which, of course, he did. 

Next week - Friday and Saturday at seven -  Martin Wheatley returns and the plan is for the duo to play a Jabbo Smith set.   
Russell    

1 comment :

Patti said...

Rico's final number on the set - the one that his late father used to play regularly - was Fine and Dandy, from 1930. And the chaps certainly looked fine and dandy in their dress up outfits! Rico with a smart tux suit, and Tom resplendent in a tailcoat and a Kufi cap. Next week Rico's sessions will be with guitar and stringed instrument ace Martin Wheatley.

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