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24 March 2018


Mick Shoulder's Swing Manouche included in latest Gypsy Jazz Top 20 album

Included amongst the tracks on the above album is Mick Shoulder's Swing Manouche. Well-known, not just in the northeast of England but now worldwide!

Bossa For Zoe features Mick and Giles Strong on guitars along with Paul Edis clarinet and Mick also on bass.

Twenty cracking tracks by twenty different ensembles and, I'm pleased to say, Mick Shoulder's Swing Manouche lose nothing by comparison with the other nineteen.

To find out more see the press release and check out the links:

Lance - BeBopSpokenHere - blog


(Press release from Hot Club Records).

The DJANGO FESTIVAL series presents the very best of gypsy jazz today, top names in the genre together with new artists deserving wider recognition. Each volume in the DJANGO FESTIVAL series is a GYPSY JAZZ TOP 20 list recommended by Jon Larsen, guitar player and founder/producer of Hot Club Records.

The French gypsy jazz guitar player DJANGO REINHARDT (1910-1953) is by many considered the greatest guitarist of all times, and his music has become a genre of its own, gypsy jazz, jazz manouche, or simply Hot Club music. There are dedicated DJANGO FESTIVALS in more than 50 countries around the world, and every year hundreds of artists are recording new albums.


The best tracks from these are compiled, published and promoted by Hot Club Records in the DJANGO FESTIVAL series. Make sure to check out all twelve volumes in the series – 240 of the best gypsy jazz tracks of all times! Hot Club Records is always open to new talent in this genre – tip us via facebook about projects that should be released on HCR. Meanwhile, enjoy this panorama of gypsy jazz today!

Buy/listen via Hot Club Records.


04 April 2018


Parisian jazz star Daniel John Martin joins Mick Shoulder's Swing Manouche for June dates

Parisian jazz star and host of the famous Paris jazz club Aux Petits Joueurs Daniel John Martin makes a return visit to join Mick Shoulder's Swing Manouche for two dates and a workshop in June.
A unique and charismatic performer and hailed as one of the most talented and sought after violinists of his generation, 

Daniel’s singing, swinging violin has joined such world Gypsy guitar greats as Angelo DeBarre, Romane, Tchavolo Schmitt Adrien Moignard amongst many others. His sources of inspiration include Stephane Grappelli, Stuff Smith, Art Pepper and Cannonball Adderley. 

14 August 2021



Following a brief hiatus due to the Corona pandemic, Newcastle jazz festival is resuming in August.
Swing Manouche will be playing on the main stage on Saturday afternoon. 

For this gig we will have a slightly altered line-up. Giles has decided to call it a day so we will be joined by Danny Lowndes on guitar and Martin Winning on clarinet.

04 October2021



We are delighted to announce that Martin Winning will be joining us on a permanent basis. Martin has a wealth of experience, from the Chevalier Brothers to Dexy's Midnight Runners to Van Morrison and many more. 

On rhythm guitar we have the arrival of Dave Smith and Paul remains on double bass. 

"Brilliant musicianship

and superb presentation.

A full room and terrific atmosphere"


"The kind of buzz you only get when an audience knows they are witnessing something special."

                    Lance Liddle

"For me, the highlight of the DJAZZ festival"


             Down By The River

"Accessible, uplifting music, brilliantly performed by four top musicians"

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