Django ‘Djam’ Around Bucks, Berks, Oxon
Monthly spontaneous Django ‘Djam’ session with Ade Holland and occasional Special Guest Appearances from the likes of Jez Cook Guitar, Piotre Jordan Violin and Andy Crowdy Bass – replicating a Quintette of the Hot Club of France style of music line up.
Now actively searching for additional suitable Host Venues!
The Fisherman’s Cottage,
Canal Way, Kennet Side, Newtown, Reading, RG1 3HJ –
Tel: 0118 956 0432 Keith, Kay & Louis
Django ‘Djam’ –
Featuring – Ade Holland. Lead, Phil Mason Rhythm Guitars,
Andy Crowdy, on Bass – Others to be confirmed.
Scheduled for Thursday Nights – 8.00 pm till 10.30 pm
and Thursday 9th April 2015 – 8.00 pm till 10.30 pm
Django Reinhardt, Stephane Grapelli and the QHCF
‘Jazz Manouche’, ‘Gypsy Swing’, ‘Hot Club de Paris’ – whatever you prefer to call it – is the romantic, swinging style of jazz started in pre-war Paris by the Belgian guitar genius Django Reinhardt. Come and experience a great evening of atmospheric Gypsy Jazz, with a Hot Club style Quintette followed by an open jam session.
The house core band – will kick the evening off at 8.00pm. Other musicians are welcome to join in later on, in the great tradition of Gypsy Jazz, until late in the evening. Just turn-up and play – or sit back and enjoy the show. Modest entry charge may apply for the Audience subject to the chosen Venue arrangements. At present we have a number of Professional and other aspiring musicians who have been playing many similar styles of jazz music all thrown together in the Manouche Melting Pot. We welcome any enthusiastic musicians to sit in or play as a group on each Django Djam club night and we strive for musical perfection or have a great deal of fun trying. If you would like to register your interest as a musician and or Venue then we would be delighted to hear from you.
Register your Interest as a Potential Venue or for a Django Djam Appearance – supported by the Gypsy Jazz UK Website and a large local following ’email’ Campaigns
The Incredible All String Band ~
Ade Holland Professional Guitarist born in Llanberis, North Wales at the foot of Snowdon were the railway starts, attended Dolbadarn school in the village then, Bryn’refail Grammar School in Llanrug before going into music exile in Corby Northants. A fluent Welsh Speaker now a Reading based long standing exponent of Manouche Swing.
Above is an picture taken in the early 1960‘s (only a short period after Django’s death) while living in Corby with his beloved original Selmer Maccaferri’s.- DSCF0195.
Phil Mason – Rhythm Guitarist and Vocalist – from South Oxon is a seasoned player of the Hot Club style and swing jazz, to which he adds his vocal talents to the theme on a number of jazz standards. He has played with many exponents of the Django Reinhardt style and other jazz genres. Phil is a welcome addition to the ‘Djam’ ensemble with his musical versatility.
Piotr Jordan (Violin, Viola) was born and brought up in Lodz, Poland and started playing the violin at age 6. After studying at the Warsaw Conservatory he moved to Prague. He has lived and worked in England as a professional violinist since 1994 playing in numerous bands in a variety of styles ranging from Hot Club Jazz to Gaelic to Hungarian Gypsy music. Piotr performs on recording sessions and is a full-time tutor at the East London Late Starters Orchestra (ELLSO). Piotr is a founding member of the Amber Players and leader of Dunajska Kapelye a Gypsy/Balkan group.
Jez Cook lives in Oxon and has been a professional guitarist for more than 20 years. Mainly known for his work in Django Reinhardt style hot club bands such as the ‘Kimbara Brothers,’ Ian Cruickshank’s ‘Gypsy Jazz,’ and with the Liverpudlian virtuoso – Gary Potter. He has also performed with mainstream jazz artists such as Jacqui Dankworth and Lilian Boutte. is versatility on acoustic and electric guitar has also led him to perform music from Eastern Europe with ‘Zvuk Bazaar’, flamenco in duos and larger ensembles with Rafael, French Musette and torch songs with the group ‘Chansons‘. Previous musical associates include Jools Holland, Andy Crowdy, Raf Mizraki, John Etheridge, and Mike Piggott
Andy Crowdy is a well-known and highly rated bass player on the UK jazz scene. He has played with many leading UK Jazz Players (Gary Potter, Diz Disley, Clark Tracey, Alan Barnes and Tina May, to name but a few) and is in constant demand. “one of the most musical double bassists around – fluent and highly dexterous soloist”. Andy draws on his vast experience of playing bass in many styles – swing, gypsy jazz, traditional jazz, bebop, blues, rock, pop, folk, and classical. He continues to stretch his technique and musicianship as a valuable member of any rhythm section.
Django ‘Djam’ Protocols
Tips for those new to the Manouche Music and Django ‘Djam’
A house soloist will lead in with the chosen melody and then signal to the next soloist to take over the improvising. They in turn will again signal to the next Muso and so on round the group or ensemble. The last soloist plays the melody to bring the muse to a close. Never play over a fellow soloist as this causes confusion, always wait for your appointed turn to solo. It is important to play at a volume to suit the soloist so that he or she is heard clearly. The sense of humour of our Band and the Guests reactions will ensure we will have a lot of fun.
This muse amuses me! – Harry Nilsson
‘Jazz Manouche’, ‘Gypsy Swing’, ‘Hot Club de Paris’ – whatever you prefer to call it – is the romantic, swinging style of jazz started in pre-war Paris by the Belgian guitar genius Django Reinhardt. Come and experience a great evening of atmospheric Gypsy Jazz, with a Hot Club-style quartet followed by an open jam session. The house quartet – will kick the evening off at approx 8.00pm. Other musicians are welcome to join in later on, in the great tradition of Gypsy Jazz, until 10.30 pm in the evening. Just turn-up and play – or sit back and enjoy the show with the available Food and Drinks.