Diz Watson, singer, piano player and entertainer, presents his exuberant mix of rhythm and blues and boogie woogie, often in the New Orleans style, encompassing the music of Fats Domino, Professor Longhair, Champion Jack Dupree, and all the way down the line to Cousin Joe Pleasant, blending it with his own quirky and often amusing originals.
Diz recorded the classic ‘Bluecoat Man’ for Ace Records in London in 1981 with his band Diz and the Doormen, featuring legendary saxophonists Lee Allen, Roger Lewis and Walter Kimble who were with Fats Domino at the time. ‘Rhumbalero’ was cut in 1984 and ‘Tonky Honk’ with Big Jay McNeely in 1995, both on Ace Records.
Over the years, Diz made appearances and worked with the likes of Chas n Dave, Clarence ‘Frogman’ Henry, Alexi Korner, Dr John and opened for the Stones, at the request of Ian Stewart, at the start of their l982 world tour in London. He also made a big impact on younger players such as Ben Waters and Henri Herbert, all successful in their own right.
Charlie Hart (producer of Bluecoat Man) comments – “Diz is one of a kind, the coolest of Yorkshiremen, his influences are steeped in Blues and Boogie Woogie, and he is a connoisseur of the exotic, as his latest release ‘Diz-Connected’ certainly demonstrates.”
As someone once said about his gig – “Be there or be somewhere else, especially if you need proof that the spirit of Professor Longhair lives on.”
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Quote : “Diz rocks the House every time – he is a bona fide British Blues
Legend.” Errol Linton – Blues Man of the Year – (Boisdale).