Jazzy Strings (BE/FR)

Mario Cavaliere (lead guitar), Alexandre Cavaliere (violin), Fred Guédon (rhythm guitar), Bart Denolf (double bass), René Desmaele (trumpet, vocals)

13/01/2018 at 20:30 – Brussels – Les Riches-Claires

Jazzy Strings was born from a passion for gypsy jazz and the two jazz giants Django Reinhardt & Stéphane Grapelli. The band was formed in 1992 by Mario Cavaliere, father of the violin virtuoso Alexandre Cavaliere, and has been invited in the meantime at the biggest European festivals (Juan-Les-Pins, Nice, Marciac, Samois-sur-Seine, Helsinki). At these concerts, the band shared regularly the stage with guest musicians like Angelo Debarre, Birelli Lagrène, Didier Lockood, Samson and Dorado Schmitt.

Alexandre Cavaliere is a gypsy jazz violinist virtuoso. As a child prodigy, he was discovered at the age of 12 at the Django d’or in Brussels in 1998. Two masters, Didier Lockood and Babik Reinhardt, were impressed and invited him to Paris. It was the beginning of a successful career. In the meantime, Alexandre has been invited to perform at a lot of international venues with the band of his father, Mario Cavaliere, and he stands for an impressive list of performances. He can’t hide his passion for playing, it’s all over his face during his performances.

Fred Guedon is originated from the Auvergne in France. He discovers Django’s music thanks to Mathieu Châtelain. He has been touring for many years in the Gipsy Swing circuit in France with Dominique Carré, Claudius Dupont, Véronique Audin, François Brunel, … and had the opportunity to play with grandmasters. Today, he’s regularly performing with his friend Christophe Astolfi, but you can also find him in a number of Belgian bands.

Bart Denolf has been playing the double bass for Toots Thielemans, Adamo, amongst others. This omnipresent musician had the pleasure to perform with an impressive number of soloists, like Horace Parlan, Jerome Richardson, Kenny Wheeler, Mal Waldron, Von Freeman, Sadi… He also shared the stage with Dave Pike, Deborah Brown, Gene “Mighty Flea” Connors, Mal Waldron ,Michel Herr, Barney Wilen , Shirley Bassey, Eric Le Lan, Kenny Werner, Peter Erskine …

In the new line-up, René Desmaele, trumpet player & singer, joins the band. René and Mario share the same passion for the music of Django and Louis Armstrong, for swing and the music of the thirties. Together, they put a surprisingly original mix of gypsy jazz and classical jazz. It is fact that very few trumpet players are able to play Django’s music properly, because his pitches and rhythms are very unusual for brass players.