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Benoit Viellefon & His Orchestra / Press

“The Hot Club gives the gypsy swing treatment to American standards like All of Me and Caravan, stripped of Ellington’s erudite pretensions in the most danceable arrangement I’ve ever heard.”

“Benoit Viellefon & His Orchestra have delivered a great perfomance at The Troxy for the launch of The Other Cinema, a unique movie experience concept, created by Future Cinema”

“his exceptional line up promises to inject plenty of glamour and fun into an otherwise ordinary week night and we predict everyone will be swaying if not downright shimmying and breaking into Savoy kicks and Bees Knees moves by the end of the night.”

“We are relishing the opportunity of seeing charismatic French band-leader Benoit Viellefon perform live; inspired by the great musicians of the day such as Duke Ellington and Cab Calloway, Benoit evocatively captures the sound and romance of a by-gone era.”

“Talking to us from Japan, Benoit is very excited about forthcoming live events including performances at the Royal Albert Hall.”

“Benoit Viellefon and his orchestra of internationally acclaimed musicians are among the finest entertainers of their generation.”

“Sell out at the first Gin & Jazz Evening at InterContinental Park Lane - The launch evening featured the amazingly talented Benoit Viellefon & His Orchestra and was a sell out with everyone there enjoying this fabulously talented Jazz Band”

“The star of the music menu was Benoit Viellefon. The dashing Frenchman in his brand new bespoke suit performed material from his recently released CD: Swing À La Mode.”

“True to the reputation of the French, he flirted shamelessly (and charmed) the crowd as he gently crooned his way through two sets in a soft French accent from his new and highly enjoyable CD Swing a la Mode.”

“With his rhythmic gypsy blues music described as a cross between Django Reinhardt and Jimi Hendrix, you certainly won’t be standing still much!”

“A very distinctive French sound with a nostalgic, happy and romantic feel.”

“Guitar led swing invites obvious comparisons with Django Reinhardt, especially when the performer is a Frenchman, but Benoit Viellefon is a man with his own voice: accordion infuses a latin tune with the scent of Bal-musette, muted trumpet gives a flash of jazz modernity, and then his relaxed vocals joust with clarinet obbligatos in a way that invites me to descend into cliché and start talking about the Seine, so I’ll just shut up and suggest you go and see this incredibly accomplished musician…”

“Mesdames and messieurs – if you missed Benoit Viellefon’s festival show, you missed a treat. - We’d all be much happier if Benoit’s music was the soundtrack to our lives.”

“The rising star brought charm, romance and French chanson to the Speigeltent in Norwich’s Chapelfield Gardens on Saturday night. The band was incredibly versatile – able to leap from Dick Dale’s iconic Misirlou and finishing the evening with a lullaby version of Charlie Chaplin’s Smile.”

“As a band, the “orchestra” are extremely talented and alarmingly versatile, effortlessly shifting gears through 50-60 years worth of popular music history in the blink of an eye. And what can you say about Benoit himself? The archetypal French gentleman – so much so, you half expect it’s an act; that you’ll catch him on a cigarette break talking about West Ham’s latest signing in a comparatively vulgar London drawl. But no, he really is that cool in real life. Damn him.”

“Benoit: Charmingly Gallic! We could have been anywhere in Europe. Brilliant!”

“...something very beautiful: Viellefon and his Orchestra combine French chanson, musette with swing. A very addictive mixture.”

“...swinging fast … an authentic wall of sound … romantic and distinctly Parisian angle … quite striking and perfect, it all felt rather filmic ...Latin/swing dexterity ...Mark Huggett’s drumming was superb. ...the rhythms were tight and hot. Benoit Viellefon and his small orchestra definitely reside within the cabaret end of jazz but their combined individual skill almost makes them a crossover ensemble. ”

“It works in England, people love it and the venues are packed with beautiful women dressing up with stockings, nice hair, lingerie etc. They love it, the men love it, across all generations.”

“Auch wenn man sich der leicht britisch übertriebenen Einschätzung: "the next singing sensation from France" nicht unbedingt anschließen will - was der sympathische Franzose und Chef von JohnJohn Records mit seinem Orchester so spielt, ist schon französisch elegant und dabei wundervoll eingängig. Eine Mischung zwischen den 20er, 30er und 40er Jahren kann man heraushören. Und neben dem Swing und Jazz auch noch Pariser Musette, die das nötige Sentiment ins trübe London bringt.”

“Benoit Viellefon, a 36-year-old musician who attracts more than 250 dapper vintage enthusiasts to his midweek Swing Mon Amour nights.”

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