Styles Gypsy Jazz Duos / Groups
Counties Cheshire • Greater Manchester • Lancashire • Merseyside • Staffordshire • Clwyd • Gwynedd • Powys
Gypsy swing guitarist based in North Wales available for functions and weddings. Available as a guitar duo/violin and guitar or as a trio with bass.
Since starting in his Father's dance orchestra when only fourteen this guitarist has been a leading freelance player on all the fretted instruments for many years. His career to date includes countless tours, jingles, TV, record and club dates in a variety of styles. His love of jazz however took him to New York in 1996 where Jimmy Bruno introduced him to the seven-string guitar. Since then with help from Bucky Pizzarelli he has adopted it as his main instrument.
A devotee of Django Reinhardt and the acoustic 'gypsy' guitar, in 2004 he recorded new versions of Django’s tunes for the new Penelope Cruz film ‘Head In The Clouds’ and also appeared in the film alongside John Jorgenson who played the role of Django.
He is the guitarist in one of the UK's most popular Grappelli-Reinhardt based groups. This quartet since it's inception in a small bar in Samois-sur- Seine (the last home of Django) has grown to become a Festival favourite working all over Europe. He is a recognised authority on this unique guitar style and writes the Gypsy Jazz column in the American publication 'Just Jazz Guitar' and has contributed articles, reviews and music to other magazines including 'Guitar Player' and British periodicals 'Jazz Rag' and 'String Jazz'. The book ‘Masters of Jazz Guitar’ contains a chapter on Django’s Legacy written by him.
As a performer he has appeared recently with The John Jorgenson Band, The Four Tops, Jerome Macmurray and jazz guitarists Jimmy Bruno, Frank Vignola and Jack Wilkins as a member of the Benedetto Players group. In his role as a freelance guitarist he has also played more weddings and barmitzvahs than he will care to admit.
Major UK festival appearances
L’Esprit Manouche Festival
Birmingham Jazz Festival
Liangollen Jazz Festival
Upton on Seven Festival
Malvern Jazz Festival
Abersoch Jazz Festival
International festivals and Guitar show appearances
Soave Guitar Festival, Italy 2003
Issoudon ‘Chet-fest’, France 2003
NAMM Show, Los Angeles 1996, 1997 (with John Jorgenson)
Classic American Guitar Show, New York 1996 1997 1998 1999
Benedetto Players concert, New York 1997, 1998, 1999
Arlington Guitar Show, Texas (with Adrian Ingram)
La Bella strings
“Strings Attached” with Chris Hayward (2003)
“Tales from the Hot Club”. Crimson Records IPC-022.
“Duets” with Adrian Ingram. Crimson Records IPC-11
“Benedetto Players in Concert” Mel Bay Publishing