£2,200 - £2,900
Inspired by the swinging music that emerged from the infamous Parisian Cafes and nightclubs of the 1930s and 1940s, Benoit Viellefon presents Magnifique. A unique ensemble that celebrates the popular songs played by artists like Django Reinhardt, Stéphane Grappelli, Louis Armstrong, and Sidney Bechet.
With all the romanticism and nostalgia of the French repertoire and with a nod to the American jazz virtuosi who visited Paris, Magnifique is the perfect mix of European finesse and the restless fervour of American hot jazz.
Magnifique is made up of the finest musicians on the London jazz scene, all of them bringing their own character and experience, and contributing to the unique identity of the band. Fronted by Benoit himself on guitar and lead vocals, the timeless 2-guitar and double bass format is spiced up with a variety of instruments including violin, clarinet, trumpet and sometimes piano. The band’s repertoire consists of all the popular songs from the classic French, American, Italian and Russian songbooks. Capturing the sights, sounds and sensations, tthey truly embodythe spirit of this bygone era.