Virtuosic Hot Club-inspired 4-piece breathing new life into gypsy jazz originals with their intense brand of swing.
Hot Club inspired bands are far from a rarity on the UK jazz scene, but what marks Jazz Manouche out as something special is the way they take the original spirit of the music and breathe new life into it. Noted for the way that they maintain the swinging spirit of the great Reinhardt-Grappelli ensembles but without trying to be a carbon copy, the music of Jazz Manouche is firmly rooted in the Hot Club sound of the swing era. This can be found in the virtuosic performances of time honoured 1930’s hot club classics and a repertoire of exquisitely written gypsy jazz originals. This is inspired rather than deferential homage.
All four members share a detailed understanding of the gypsy jazz tradition, coupled with a broader appreciation of the developments in jazz throughout the 20th century. It is with this that they are able to generate the sound and excitement of the Hot Club du France ensembles whilst preserving their own unique identity. Played with virtuoso brio by four of the finest exponents of the style, the essential commitment to music rooted in the sound of Django Reinhardt remains absolutely at the heart of their approach.
Jazz Manouche continue to draw, thrill and entertain ever-increasing audience numbers. Converting the new and definitely supplying the goods to any hot club aficionado. However you choose to describe the music, one thing is indisputable - it really is tres bonne.
Violin; 2 x acoustic guitars; double bass
120 minute set or 2 x 60 minute sets or 3 x 40 minute sets
Yes (included in price)
Arrival & set-up
45 minutes to set up
Space of 4 x 3 metres; power supply
Requests (if not in repertoire)
One free request (if suitable)
£100 per half hour
What people say
A spirited celebration of the Hot Club.
Indisputably in the premier league of Hot Club style bands.
Jazz Manouche evoke the authentic sounds of Django Reinhardt and Stéphane Grappelli.
Desmond Carrington, BBC Radio 2
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