French gypsy swing brings in new year

A ‘STUNNING’ quartet makes a welcome return to Steyning Jazz Club to open the new year programme.

The Jonny Hepbir Quartet will perform an evening of vintage French gypsy swing on Friday, January 3, at 8.30pm, having wowed members last January.

Colin Jilks, from Steyning Jazz Club, said they would be opening the new year with ‘an irresistible zing’, bringing their Parisian Hot Club sound to the Steyning Centre, in Fletchers Croft.

With the spirit of Stephane Grappelli and Django Reinhardt never far away, the quartet will feature Jonny Hepbir and Jason Henson on guitar, George Trebar on double bass and Mike Piggott on violin and phono-fiddle.

Enjoy the evocative style that is true to the period, as Jonny has played and learned from some of the gypsy grand-masters.

Mr Jilks said: “The gifted guitar playing of Jonny Hepbir and Jason Henson is a toe-tapping tour-de-force, with their driving chord sequences and cadences, and with jazz violin delivered in precocious style.”

The Jonny Hepbir Quartet launched its new album, Get Rich Or Die Swingin’, on December 7, alongside the launch of the Jonny Hepbir Trio’s new album, La Pompe & Circumstance.

Admission is £6 members, £10 guests and £6 students. Doors open at 7.45pm. For more information, telephone Denis Cummings on 01903 814017.

The season continues with Sid Bailey’s Tailgate Six on February 7, playing jzz from the 1930s. Sid, who leads on trombone, has just completed a successful tour of New York and New Orleans.