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Blue Largo swings into Tio Leo's

Local dance band recalls golden age of jazz and blues in the Southland

Old-school jazz and blues band Blue Largo fills and thrills the dance floor.
Old-school jazz and blues band Blue Largo fills and thrills the dance floor.

There are a number of swing-dance blues bands performing in Southern California, but none more genuine than San Diego’s own Blue Largo.

On dance night at Tio Leo’s, guitarist Eric Lieberman and his versatile lineup ripped through their catalog of classic big-band jump blues, mixing in ’50s and ’60s R&B, straight-up boogie, heartfelt soul, as well as Blue Largo originals. The rich voice of Largo cofounder Alicia Aragon and the full-throated tenor sax of David Castle De Oro added just the right touch of jazz flavor.

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With the dance floor at capacity most of the night, the band worked through songs by Louis Jordan, Freddy King, Sam Cooke, and Earl Hooker, building tempos behind the drumming of Marcus Bayshore and thundering bass lines of Joe Jazdzewski that set the pace for an appreciative, sweat-drenched audience.

Debuting new material from their forthcoming CD, songs such as “Kindness, Love, and Understanding” and “Nothing to Prove,” Blue Largo continue to show their appreciation for L.A.’s golden age of music when Central Avenue bands rocked the Club Alabam and packed the dance floor at Johnny Otis’s Barrelhouse.

Catch Blue Largo on Saturday, May 9, at this year’s Gator by the Bay festival.

  • Concert: Blue Largo
  • Date: Thursday, April 9
  • Venue: Tio Leo's
  • Seats: Front and center
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Old-school jazz and blues band Blue Largo fills and thrills the dance floor.
Old-school jazz and blues band Blue Largo fills and thrills the dance floor.

There are a number of swing-dance blues bands performing in Southern California, but none more genuine than San Diego’s own Blue Largo.

On dance night at Tio Leo’s, guitarist Eric Lieberman and his versatile lineup ripped through their catalog of classic big-band jump blues, mixing in ’50s and ’60s R&B, straight-up boogie, heartfelt soul, as well as Blue Largo originals. The rich voice of Largo cofounder Alicia Aragon and the full-throated tenor sax of David Castle De Oro added just the right touch of jazz flavor.

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With the dance floor at capacity most of the night, the band worked through songs by Louis Jordan, Freddy King, Sam Cooke, and Earl Hooker, building tempos behind the drumming of Marcus Bayshore and thundering bass lines of Joe Jazdzewski that set the pace for an appreciative, sweat-drenched audience.

Debuting new material from their forthcoming CD, songs such as “Kindness, Love, and Understanding” and “Nothing to Prove,” Blue Largo continue to show their appreciation for L.A.’s golden age of music when Central Avenue bands rocked the Club Alabam and packed the dance floor at Johnny Otis’s Barrelhouse.

Catch Blue Largo on Saturday, May 9, at this year’s Gator by the Bay festival.

  • Concert: Blue Largo
  • Date: Thursday, April 9
  • Venue: Tio Leo's
  • Seats: Front and center
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