Jonny has been working as a professional guitarist and guitar teacher for over twenty years.
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Initially involved in the flamenco-jazz genre, Jonny played in a successful duo with Spanish guitarist, Ignacio Lozano, for five years in the early 90’s.
During this time, he was signed to indie jazz label, ’33’ Records, and recorded two acclaimed albums of original material, ‘Spanglo’ and ‘Sur’.
This led to tours and workshops all over the UK, with concert performances in art centres, theatres, festivals, television and radio.
After the project had run it’s course, Jonny made the decision to re-learn guitar technique and began to study the Gypsy way of playing in the style of Django Reinhardt.
“the English virtuoso…” GUITAR magazine
Jonny has played with many of the great names in Gypsy Jazz today, including Bireli Lagrene, Lulu Reinhardt, Stochelo Rosenberg, Paulus Schäfer, Feigeli Prisor, Angelo Debarre, Rino van Hooijdonk and countless other fantastic players.
In 2002, Jonny released an album of Gypsy-style originals on US label, Refined Records, titled ‘Grand Bizarre’ in the UK and ‘Turkish Blend’ in the USA.
He has had the pleasure of working with some superb musicians such as violinists Andy Aitchison, Mike Piggott, Tim Kliphuis, Steve Elsworth and Christian Garrick. Guitarists, Mundell Lowe, John Etheridge, Dave Kelbie, Robin Nolan and multi-instrumentalist composer/arranger, Charlotte Glasson.
“Over the years, I’ve travelled to Holland, France and Germany to meet, play with and learn from some of the Gypsy Grand Masters. Great experiences and an honour for me…”
Jonny’s performances have included the 2003 International Jazz Guitar Festival in Wrexham as a member of the Bireli Lagrene Quintette, all three legendary L’Esprit Manouche Festivals in Birmingham ’03, ’04 and ’05, The International Gypsy Guitar Festival in Gloucestershire ’02, ’04, ’06 and ’08, Beachdown Festival Brighton ’08 and the Festival Django Reinhardt 2013 in Samois sur Seine.
“Since my first encounter with Jonny Hepbir at the L’Esprit Manouche Festival 2003, I’ve been impressed by his technique and authentic Gypsy sound. Jonny has performed with many of the great guitarists in the style and he’s been a leading player on the UK Gypsy Jazz scene for years” Swedish guitar wizard, Andreas Oberg
Jonny has recently released a new album of Gypsy Jazz guitar and accordion duets with accordion maestro, Dan Teper. The album is called ‘Dirty Swing’ and is available to buy on CD or download from iTunes, Amazon and CD Baby.
He has also released an app for musicians called ‘Gypsy Jazz Jam’, a collection of Gypsy Jazz backing tracks to jam along with. The app is aimed at musicians of all abilities and includes some great features, such as adjustable tempo and looping facility. It’s available to download for iPad, iPhone and iPod from the App Store.
Both ensembles have also recently released albums, ‘La Pompe & Circumstance’ by the Jonny Hepbir Trio and ‘Get Rich Or Die Swingin’ by the Jonny Hepbir Quartet. These albums are also available to buy on CD or download from iTunes, Amazon, Google play and CD Baby.