Fantastic news for lovers of Django Reinhardt and Gypsy jazz music, as a new film about the legendary musician and master guitarist had its premier at the Berlin Film Festival recently. There have been a few documentaries about the man and his music over the years like the awesome ‘Django Legacy‘ in the early 90’s. He even made ‘appearances’ in the Woody Allen film ‘ Sweet and Lowdown‘ some years ago as well as in the Bobby Darrin movie ‘Beyond The Sea‘. But this latest release apparently concentrates on a period of Django’s life during World War II.
Django is played by French Actor Reda Kateb and all the solo guitar parts are played by the awesome Dutch Gypsy jazz master, Stochelo Rosenberg. Reviews have been mixed so far (here’s ONE) but the buzz on the International Gypsy jazz scene is generally positive even though at this point, not many have seen it. Probably because anything Django-related in the mainstream media is regarded as great publicity for the man’s enormous legacy, Gypsy jazz musicians world-wide and introducing new players/audiences to the music.
Here’s the poster from the film.
It’s funny because if someone chose to make a film based on the whole of Django’s short but incredible life (1910-1953), that in itself would win legions of new fans. There’s only a few film clips of him playing and only one full song clip which you can see HERE, but a lot of amazing anecdotes/stories and of course, an unbelievable recording history with over 700 titles! Maybe next time..
Gypsy jazz, Gypsy swing, or Jazz-Manouche music is something the UK’s JONNY HEPBIR TRIO have specialised in for many years now. Our clients find it the perfect accompaniment and vibe-creator for so many different types of events, weddings, corporate entertainment, birthday parties, festival weddings, jazz clubs, festivals, wine bars, restaurants, bistros etc
It’s ideal for background atmosphere, up-front dancing or a concert performance. It truly covers all grounds and appeals to many aficionados of music all over the world.
We are proud to offer a variety of Gypsy jazz based line-ups to provide musical entertainment for any type of event, private or public. Everything from a solo guitarist right up to a quintet with a choice of add-on instruments including Female vocals, violin, accordion and saxophone/clarinet. The core root instrument of our band is of course, the guitar…Django-Style!
Please click HERE to view our band hire page.
Here’s a video of the trio to get you in the mood with ‘Gypsy Swing’!
The JONNY HEPBIR TRIO are available to hire for weddings, private parties, corporate functions and public events throughout the UK and abroad.
Their enviable client list includes the likes of Sir Paul McCartney, Sir Terence Conran, Roman Abramovich and Kool & The Gang and they have played at venues and events from The Ritz to Morocco. Click HERE to read letters from past clients.
To hire the Trio for your event, please call +44 (0)7712 332967 or email firstname.lastname@example.org
The band can also be hired as a Duo, Quartet (with or without vocals) and Quintet. Jonny Hepbir can also be hired solo. They can also play acoustically for smaller events and where noise-restrictions apply. Please click HERE for more information.