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Django Swing - Gypsy Swing Group
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These musicians played together in the Gary Potter Quartet and used to travel to gigs together. On one of the long journeys South they toyed with the idea of getting a group together playing gigs in the North West - nothing too serious, just a little band that could 'keep their hand in and stay fresh' for when they were called up by Gary. The trio got together for a jam in January 2007 and went through about 10 numbers. It was clear from this meeting that it would work and they are now a very busy act playing at weddings, restaurants, functions and concerts throughout the North West
After being influenced in his teenage years by everything from Progressive Rock to Reggae. He started playing guitar aged 17 after being shown some chords by a friend. He then became influenced by Classical and Jazz guitar players and decided to study Music at Liverpool Community College (Sandown) where he was awarded the Alan Graham prize for Jazz Student of the year. It was whilst working part-time at The Atlantic pub in Liverpool that he was turned onto Django Reinhardt and in turn the modern gypsies like Bireli Lagrene, Fapy Lafertin and Stochelo Rosenberg. He has performed in a number of bands playing a wide range of music from Pop Group to Flamenco inspired ensembles but he continues to study the music of Reinhardt.
Picked up the Violin when he was 20 years old, having originally been a Rock Guitarist. He studied music at Sandown College, Liverpool for 3 years. He is a fantastic violinist who has experienced most genres of music including Classical, Folk, Irish, Bluegrass and Jazz. One of his many claims to fame is that his playing is featured on the soundtrack for the Guy Ritchie film SNATCH. He loves the late Stephane Grapelli's playing style. For him Grappelli is the best and he strives to include some of his facits within his own style. He was delighted when the opportunity arose to start a 'Hot Cliub Style Band'
The other guitarist
Originally a rock guitarist, self taught from the age of 14. He had given up playing guitar until one day he saw a documentary on the legendary Gypsy Guitarist - Django Reinhardt. Being so taken aback by this style he returned to the guitar and visited the annual Django Reinhardt Festival in Samoise nr Fontainbleau (France) to learn more. Since then, he has continued to develop as a guitarist and is learning Jazz. Preferring to take up the rhythm guitar role - something that is so important within this genre of music as it almost replaces the drums as the pulse behind the band. Prior to joining Nouveau Django he played Rhythm for over 2 years with Gary Potter.
Django Swing - Gypsy Swing Group Repertoire
- Sweet Georgia Brown
- Swing 42
- Swing 48
- Double Whisky
- I can't give you anything but love
- Bossa Dorado
- La Foule
- Chez Jaque
- Puttin' on the Ritz
- Django's Castle
- Django's Tiger
- Swing 48
- Heavy Artillary
- Deuce Ambiance
- Honeysuckle Rose
- All of me
- After You've gone
- Lady be good
- Aniversary Song
- Danse Norvege
- It don't mean a thing
- Clare de Lune
- I found a new baby
- Minor swing
- Night and Day
- Dark Eyes
- Minor Blues
- Autumn Leaves
- Limehouse Blues
- Out of Knowhere
- The Days of Wine and Roses
Django Swing - Gypsy Swing Group Feedback
"Dear Geoff, the whole family were very very pleased with the performance last Saturday 12/09/2015 thank you. They well exceeded our expectations, being very professional, punctual and we had a lovely evening. The music was magical. We will definitely be recommending this website to friends and family." Sue Chiocci, September 2015
"The gypsy jazz trio were absolutely outstanding. Everybody commented how fantastic they were and what a nice touch it was to add to our wedding breakfast. The volume in which they played was perfect to ensure that it did not prevent people from talking amongst themselves and instead acted as a nice background sound which was easily audible from any point in the large room. All in all I am extremely happy with their performance and would highly recommend them to any wedding. They were smartly dressed and very personable to all of my guests. Thank you very much" Charlie Jones, September 2014
"So sorry for how long it's taken me to get back to you, we were on honeymoon and then has been that typical chaos since getting back! So where do I even begin to thank the band and you for being everything and more?! From the start of the booking process you have been fantastic. It was such an easy process that any couple planning a wedding appreciates beyond anything! Just all the simple touches such as the CDs you sent me of the bands work just cemented me booking through you. Dealing with the band was so effortless and his enthusiasm was fantastic.
On the day itself we were having our formal photos and suddenly we heard the music starting and that was it, we were running down to that field to enjoy. The music was everything and more I imagined. Effortless, stylish and beautiful. The guys were fantastic. I almost wish I wasn't the bride so I could take the time to just sit and listen to them. I could not recommend them enough!
They were everything and more that I pictured. Perfection. Everyone has said how wonderful they were and I could not recommend this trio more. I just hope one day that I can have them play for us again. Thank you for everything and for such a fantastic experience." Charlotte Ware, July 2014
"The band were fantastic, and really blew us away with not only the musical aspect, but the professional manner in which they came, set up and cracked on with no fuss and loads of confidence. We had a couple of jazz heads within the guests who are notoriously hard to please with music at family functions, and they were also in awe of the overall set. The band left us a copy of their album too which has been on rotation since the weekend and was a really nice touch.
We'd book them again without hesitation, and would highly recommend them to anyone looking for a gypsy swing style band. Thanks again lads."
Danny White, June 2013
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