MANOUCHE FEST: THE 'GYPSY' JAZZ SESSIONS

Date           Saturday 1st December
Doors         1:30pm
Show 2pm - 6pm
Tickets       $38.30 presale, $40 door

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Manouche Fest comes to Nambour

Jazz Manouche is a term for Gypsy Jazz music. Birthed in Paris in the 1930s it was started by legendary gypsy guitarist Django Reinhardt (from the Manouche gypsy clan) and Stephane Grapelli, violinist, who incorporated the swing beat with their Romani style music. Jazz Manouche features virtuosic guitar playing, often incorporated with double-bass, violin or possibly accordion or clarinet. Saturday 1st December will see the Sunshine Coast’s second mini Manouche Fest with an afternoon of Gypsy Jazz music.

You will get swept up in the Gypsy fever with toe-tapping music from ‘Blue and Sentimental’ and the ‘Sassafras Quartet’ 

Blue and Sentimental are a contemporary jazz duo from Sydney featuring Luke Chapman (Guitar) and Emily-Rose Sarkova (Accordion & vocals), who met playing in The Squeezebox Trio. Inspired by a mutual love of ‘gypsy jazz’, folk, fusion, classical and all the in-betweens, their music is alive with the new sounds of originals as well as sentimental salutes to the old classics. Having performed with such names as Monsieur Camembert, The Australian Brandenburg Orchestra, George Washingmachine and James Morrison, these skilled musicians have an occasion to sparkle in this heartfelt and dexterous duo.

Formed in mid 2015, the Sassafras Quartet has now established a reputation as one of Perth’s premier gypsy jazz groups . The quartet’s repertoire features gypsy jazz classics from Django Reinhardt alongside music from modern masters such as Biréli Lagrène, Gonzalo Bergara, Les Doigts De L'Homme and others. The band also has varied selection of original arrangements of classic and lesser-known jazz standards, as well as some original works - all with a progressive leaning. Sassafras Quartet combines toe-tapping swing, breakneck gypsy jazz and re-worked jazz standards in a vibrant and engaging mix of acoustic music, all performed with the dazzling virtuosity and passion that is intrinsic to the gypsy jazz tradition. 

It is a true delight to witness such experienced musicians in full "gypsy swing". Get your gypsy on and join us at the Manouche Fest on Sat 1st December, 2 – 6pm, at The Bison Bar, Nambour. Tickets can be purchased through www.trybooking.com/YYUQ or at the door, however bookings are recommended. Call 0403 152 397 for further info.

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