Jazz in the Village Hall May 1st 2015

Jazz Night 2016 featured Mike Denham and Spats Langham. 


A brilliant night of 20s/30s jazz with “Spats” Langham (Guitar, Banjo, Vocals) and Mike Denham (Piano) A whistle-stop tour, calling at Chicago (for Al Capone’s nightspots) – New Orleans (Storyville) – New York (the speakeasies) – Paris (le Hot Club) - and stations en route.   Fantastic musicianship and an engaging presentation from Mike and Spats, celebrating great music by Fats Waller, Django Reinhardt, Bing Crosby and the like.  

A capacity crowd enjoyed this opportunity to see and hear these genuinely individual and entertaining characters.  Lots of stories and illuminating comment about the songs and tunes they sing and play.

Tom "Spats" Langham started playing ukulele and banjo as a young boy, taught by his grandfather, until, at the age of fourteen he also took up guitar and began appearing with local bands in his hometown, Buxton.  Twenty-five years ago he became a professional, after joining The Charleston Chasers, before moving on to play with a veritable "who's who" of  British traditional jazz, including Chris Barber, Acker Bilk, Monty Sunshine, The Temperance Seven, Bob Kerr and The Pasadena Roof Orchestra. He now travels the World, working with overseas "greats" such as Marty Grosz, Bob Wilbur, Kenny Davern, Howard Alden, Bucky Pizzarelli, and many more.

Pianist Mike Denham performs at many festivals and venues around the UK, either playing solo or with the Sunset Cafe Stompers jazzband.  His piano playing ranges from the very earliest days of jazz with  ragtime and early blues, through Fats Waller's "Stride" style  to the 1950's "Rock and Roll" style heard with the likes of Chuck Berry and Fats Domino.  He also includes his own renditions of many of the ever popular jazz standards from the "Great American Songbook". Mike frequently duets with some of the UK’s top old-style jazz musicians including Enrico Tomasso, Mike Piggott, John Wurr, Steve Graham, Mike Snelling, Chris Garrick, Jim Fryer .....



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