Gypsy Jazz Festival London
4-8 May 2022 in venues around London.
Vortex Jazz Club, Crazy Coq’s Soho, Hampstead Jazz Club, Folklore Hoxton, Signature Brew Taproom & Venue.
The GJFL team are musicians and artists, running the show not for profit but for music. We are committed to fair practice, the golden rule and the groove, and to doing all we can to bring people together for the craic and the love of good music.
‘We release records, programme events and put on an annual festival, dedicated to promoting modern, forward-thinking Gypsy jazz and related musical styles.
Jazz in the UK is in rude health. The much-overlooked, even maligned sub-genre of Gypsy Jazz has been simmering along nicely for a while now; popular enough at weddings and vintage-themed events, but the music and players can cut it in any room, and there’s a cutting edge not many people get to hear. It warrants its place in the London sun.
The godfather Django Reinhardt began playing this music, since codified as Gypsy Jazz, with Stephane Grappelli in 1930s Paris.
Always an absolute explorer, harmonically, rhythmically inventive, sophisticated and ahead of his time, Django is an idol whose legacy is more than imitation, noble pursuit though that may be.
Artists like Biréli Lagrène, Angelo Debarre and the Selmer #607 collective have kept the fire burning, and added to it; and it’s caught here in the UK too. So this is the state of the art…’
Gypsy Jazz Recordings here LEJAZZETAL