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Swingology plays light and lively acoustic gypsy swing – familiar, entertaining, happy, melodic music that is popular with all ages – with finesse, personality and humour. We’ll take you back to Paris of the 1930’s, a time when swing was king, when gypsy guitarist Django Reinhardt and violinist Stephane Grappelli formed the Quintet of the Hot Club of France. This great band infused the swing music of the era with the sounds of the gypsy camps and the rowdy Parisian dance halls to create a unique style unmatched for its driving rhythm, inventiveness and excitement.
Come to a Swingology show or dance and you’ll hear classic tunes, music from a time when jazz was the popular entertainment and the tunes were recognizable songs with great melodies and words that left everybody humming or whistling or singing when it was over. We’ll add in some Django Reinhardt originals and some modern tunes that we’ve adapted to the irresistible gypsy swing style. Our songs are mostly songs you’ve heard and enjoyed many times before - some old, some new, but played in a way that you’ve probably never imagined. As Stephen Cooke of the Halifax Chronicle Herald said of our music, “The songs are all familiar, but Swingology freshens them up with enough personality and humour to make you anticipate each new interpretation.”
Swingology consists of six musicians: three gypsy guitars, violin, bass, and a swingin’, sassy female vocalist, plus we can add a hot saxophone for special occasions. We have performed at many of the top venues in Halifax, Nova Scotia, including the Halifax Jazz Festival 2009 – 2011 & 2013, The Carleton, Stayner’s Wharf, The Lord Nelson, The Company House, and The Music Room Around the province we have played at The Chester Playhouse, King’s Theatre (Annapolis Royal), the Evergreen Theatre (East Margaretsville) and Lane’s Privateer Inn (Liverpool).
Our third CD Taking a Chance was selected as 2013 Jazz Recording of the Year by Music Nova Scotia and was Pick of the Week by Halifax Chronicle Herald Arts Reporter Stephen Cooke.