Hot Fingers welcomes you to an eclectic mix of vintage acoustic music. We visit the red hot jazz of 1920’s New York and sophisticated 1930’s Swing.
We re-create the ‘French Coffee House’ sound of 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.
These multi-instrumentalists can then transport you to the nightclubs of 1920’s New York and London, playing hot dance music and jazz.
This is mixed with vocals from the song-writing greats, crooners such as Bing Crosby and Al Bowlly, and hokem from the likes of Cliff ‘Ukulele Ike’ Edwards.
From Jump-Jive to swing, from the Charleston to Bossa-Nova, Hot Finger’s wide range of styles and rhythms makes them popular with both sit-down audiences and dancers alike.
Although just a trio, the band can be seen removing two guitars, a double bass, a banjo, a mandolin, a ukulele, a clarinet, a tuba, a bass clarinet, and a pair of castanets from the band van. Hot Fingers are proud to play acoustic instruments without amplification for a truly authentic sound whenever possible.
A regular addition to Hot Fingers, Emily Campbell adds a touch of class with her plaintive vocals, drawing inspiration from the likes of Peggy Lee and Ella Fitzgerald.
What People Are Saying...
Review, Kendal Jazz Club, June 2011:
Thomas “Spats” Langham is no stranger to Jazz Clubs in the North West, or indeed to any club or festival in the land, having
been a professional musician for more than twenty years. From the early days as the banjo and guitar player in the rhythm section of many an ensemble,
he has an unquestionable devotion to the musical fashions (and attire!) of the 1920's and 1930's, with all the knowledge about the highs and lows of
performers and song-writers on both sides of the Atlantic! His verbal introduction to the “next” song draws you into that era of entertainment,
from the night-clubs and theatres into the world of recorded sound and the wireless, scenes of the “talkies”, and even the glamour of
“Astaire & Rogers” musicals.