Trio Manouche – The Isolation Sessions

Since our Jazz at George IV nights came to an abrupt halt with the coronavirus, The Chiswick Calendar and Jazz promoter Larry Pryce are particularly pleased to be able to present the YouTube Premiere of Gypsy Jazz band Trio Manouche presenting their new album, recorded during Lockdown, as part of the Bedford Park Festival, at 7.00pm on Friday 19 June.

The Bedford Park Festival has become an online event this year, with The Chiswick Calendar as one of several digital platforms hosting events.

Trio Manouche, the UK’s premier Gypsy Jazz & Swing ensemble have used their Lockdown time well, recording their hot new album The Isolation Sessions. The band is launching the album with a special online concert as part of the Festival, featuring special guests including Italian vocalist Francesca Confortini.

Overcoming the challenges of Lockdown, in a triumph of artistic determination, the band recorded and filmed the tracks in their own home studios, editing the resulting footage into one, continuous performance in a concert style show with band leader Simon Harris debuting two brand new songs including a cheeky take on Lockdown entitled Isolate Yourself as well as numbers already well known to their live audiences. Have a listen to one of the tracks as a taster:

Recording the album “kept us sane”

“The album includes new arrangements of the repertoire that the band play at various venues” says Simon, “so the album very much feels like a regular gig.

“It really kept us all sane through Lockdown as it gave us all the feeling of being connected as if we were still playing live, despite not being in the same room as each other.”

Trio Manouche play some of the most joyous music you will ever swing your hips to, full of virtuosity and infectious energy. Their sets combine the core repertoire of the great gypsy guitar legend, Django Reinhardt together with the band’s own foot-tapping arrangements of the great trad greats such as Nat King Cole and Simon Harris’s own, highly acclaimed original material.

Celebrities, reviewers and industry press regularly line up to shower the band with praise. “Excellent ……” Sting. “Exquisite ……” Jools Holland. “Class Act ……” Suzy Klein, BBC Radio 3.

Watch Trio Manouche Isolation Sessions Youtube premiere concert online

This special virtual concert is available to watch, but as all the band’s income is usually from performing live, if you are able to show your appreciation via the donor box, please do. Proceeds will be split between the band, promoters The Chiswick Calendar & Larry Pryce of Live Music To Go and The Bedford Park Festival’s ‘Upper Room’ charity for the homeless.

Watch the livestream below or on youtube here: youtube.com/watch?v=so8xWGbUX7Y

For the time being, just make a note in your diary!

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