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Django Reinhardt and Stephane Grappelli are familiar to many as stars of string jazz. Less universally known are Joe Venuti and Eddie Lang, the Italian-American duo who pioneered virtuosic violin and guitar jazz in the 1920s.
This double bill gives audiences the opportunity to enjoy the music of Venuti & Lang and Grappelli & Reinhardt in one concert.
Emma Fisk (violin) and James Birkett (guitar) perform an opening set of Venuti & Lang, as featured on their debut album, before being joined by David Harris (guitar) and Bruce Rollo (double bass) to play the swinging Gypsy Jazz of Reinhardt & Grappelli as Emma Fisk’s Hot Club du Nord.
“Dazzling violinist Fisk plays the classic early fiddle jazz of Joe Venuti with guitarist James Birkett.” Guardian Guide, Editor’s Picks
“For lovers of the classic Stephane Grappelli – Django Reinhardt approach, this is right up there amongst the best in the UK.” Paul Bream, Jazz Alert