OZ Manouche
2018 Performers

2018 Performers

Gracing our stage this year at the Brisbane Jazz Club will be:

Thursday 29th November

Cam Ford Quartet (QLD, NSW) 7.00 – 8.00pm

A fantastic way to kick off proceedings at this years Oz Manouche with none other than some of Australia’s finest exponents of gypsy jazz. Virtuoso guitarist, Cameron Ford will be joined by the illustrious, globetrotting and incomparable, Shenzo Gregorio on violin. Peter ‘My brain is the size of a planet!’ Walters on double bass and everyone’s favourite outer galactic visitor, Nigel Date on the other guitar. Join them on a joyous journey of Django inspired musical mayhem in what promises to be as explosive and joyous as much as it will be charming and astonishing.

Cameron Ford (guitar), Nigel Date (guitar), Shenzo Gregorio (violin), Peter Walters (Double Bass)

The Date Brothers (IRE, NSW) 8.15pm – 9.30pm

From a gypsy campfire, to the lowdown bluesy sounds of New Orleans, to the South American street party, to the sophisticated inner city salon.
The Date Brothers happily invoke these sounds and styles and play with virtuosity on their acoustic guitars. The famous Belgian gypsy guitarist Django Reinhardt inspires their music; who in the 1930’s formed the “Quintet of the Hot Club of France” with violinist Stephane Grappelli. Between them they have played all the major Australian jazz and arts festivals and venues. Ian is also the patron of the OzManouche festival.

Ian Date (guitar, vocals, trumpet), Nigel Date Guitar, Stewart Barry (double Bass)

The date brothers website

Friday 30th November

Irene’s Gypsy Swing Band (NL) 7.00- 8.00pm

Amsterdam based singer, songwriter and guitarist, Irene Ypenburg grew up in a musical family learning piano, singing and guitar from an early age and studying dance in New York in her twenties. Irene discovered gypsy jazz five years ago and in that relatively short space of time; has grown to become an important part of the international gypsy jazz music scene. Irene performs regularly with world-renowned musicians and travels the globe playing gypsy jazz festivals in the USA, Europe, India, Nepal and now Brisbane!

In addition to her musical abilities, Irene is a skilled visual artist contributing poster art and cartoon animations for both the 2017 and 2018 Brisbane OzManouche Festival and is also an active vlogger documenting her musical life and the international gypsy jazz scene via her YouTube channel, Irene’s Gypsy Jazz Adventures.

Irene Ypenburg (vocals, guitar), Peter Baylor (guitar), Cameron Jones (guitar), Jo Abbott (accordion), Marcus Holden (violin), Stewart Barry (double Bass)

Irene Ypenburg's Website

Harry Edward’s Quartet (TAS) 8.15 – 9.30pm

The Harry Edwards Quartet are a jazz ensemble from Hobart, Tasmania, who focus exclusively on performing original compositions. Harry's compositions combine his love of Jazz Manouche instrumentation with a broad range of influences. His music is inspired partly by the work of his favourite composers, including Django Reinhardt, Tord Gustavsen, Ennio Morricone, Astor Piazzolla, Ravel, and Chopin. Expect classic swing numbers, intermingled with long-form improvisations, delicate/tense ballads, and multi-part arrangements.

The ensemble will be debuting material from their brand new album for the OzManouche Festival.

Harry Edwards (guitar), Felicity Lovett (guitar), Charlie McCarthy (violin), Isaac Gee (double bass)


Jam Session led by Harry Edwards 9.30 – 10.30pm

Saturday 1st December

Peter Baylor Guitar Workshop 1.00 – 2.30pm

Peter Baylor
Add more interest and colour to your soloing ideas. In this workshop, Peter demonstrates approaches to soloing using the lyrical ornamentation unique to Django Reinhardt and inherent to the style of the gypsy musical vernacular. He will also take a look at the orchestral approach of Django in his chordal accompaniment of soloists - in particular the voicings, rhythmic devices and moving bass lines. There will also be some time allocated to some technical practice ideas to help the player achieve the muscular fluidity that is the gypsy sound.

Marcus Holden Violin Workshop 1.00- 2.30pm

Mastering the violin is more than just absorbing melodies. Unlock your playing potential with veteran musician Marcus Holden as he shares his knowledge of technique, improvisation ideas and practice routines. Become more confident, accurate and creative with your instrument by following Marcus’ method of study.

Tilly Bébé (QLD, VIC, TAS) 7.00pm – 8.00pm

Premiering at OzManouche 2018 'Tilly Bébé' is a special project bringing jazz players from around the country together to perform gypsy jazz classics and original compositions. Named after a famous female lion tamer of the early twentieth century, the ensemble celebrates women who contribute their talents to the world of jazz.

This first incarnation of the ensemble will feature an all-star line up including Brisbane-based French vocalist Pauline Maudy (Mzaza, Pauline Maudy & The Gypsy Cats),Helen Russell on double bass, violinist Esther Henderson (Ultrafox) from Melbourne, Kylie Southwell (Laique, The Pockets) on vocals, tenor guitar and banjo; Felicity Lovett from Hobart on guitar (Django's Tiger, Harry Edward Trio) and Jo Abbott (Ultrafox) from Melbourne on accordion.

Ultrafox (VIC) 8.15 – 9.30pm

Ultrafox was formed seven years ago by well known Melbourne based guitarist, Peter Baylor and has since built reputation as one of the finest swing bands in the country. The band seek their inspiration from the famous manouche jazz swing of The Hot club of France featuring Django Reinhardt and Stephane Grappelli;of pre war Paris. Their music is characterised by the muscular hard driving swing of gypsy style acoustic guitars laced with lyrical, yet fiery solos. Hot swinging jazz, tender lyrical ballads, French melodies, gypsy waltzes and original compositions make up the band's extensive repertoire. Ultrafox create an atmosphere of elegant swing and exuberant, dynamic dance tempo jazz. The band will be featuring material from there latest album entitled, Nocturnal blues.

Peter Baylor (vocals guitar), Jo Abbot (Accordion), Esther Henderson (violin), Ashley Kluss (guitar), Steve Temple (double Bass)

Ultrafox Website

Jam Session led by Peter Baylor 9.30 – 10.30pm

Sunday 2nd December

The Sunday Morning Duo Special 9.45am – 12pm

For the Sunday brunch concert we will be presenting a selection of duos drawn from artists performing at the festival plus a few special guests. Festival Patron, Ian Date suggested the Duo Special idea after his experience performing at European jazz festivals and we thought it would be the perfect vehicle to highlight the spontaneity of gypsy jazz and the improvisational talent of musicians in a fun, low key, fast paced show.

Ian Date Guitar Workshop 1.00 – 2.30pm

Investigate ways that you can improve your playing and not waste time. Spice up your rhythm playing with chordal ideas. Enhance your soloing with phrase building, melodic concepts, better note choices and other technical aspects of guitar playing. Make a better sound; put it all together so you can get swinging and stay swinging!


Jo Abbott Accordion Workshop 1.00 – 2.30pm

Jo Abbott presents a practical approach for the piano accordionist to improve styling melody and soloing when playing gypsy jazz. Includes methods for transcribing solos and ideas on how to analyse rhythmic and phrasing ideas of accordionists such as Gus Viseur and Jo Privat. Suitable for beginner to advanced players.

Jo Abbott's Website

Sassafras Quartet (WA) 5.30pm – 6.45pm

Formed in mid 2015, Sassafras Quartet has established a reputation as one of Perth’s premier gypsy jazz groups. The band combines toe-tapping swing, breakneck gypsy jazz and re-worked jazz standards in a vibrant and engaging mix of acoustic music, all performed with the dazzling virtuosity and passion that is intrinsic to the gypsy jazz tradition.

Lachlan Gear (guitar), Aaron Deacon (guitar), Adrian Galante (clarinet),Pete Jeavons (double bass)

Sassafras Quartet Website

Swing Dynamique Plays Ewan MacKenzie – A Tribute 7.15 – 9.00pm

The members of Ewan MacKenzie’s last gypsy jazz band, Swing Dynamique, were blessed to perform with Australia’s finest gypsy jazz guitarist and composer. Ewan’s dedication to his craft shines through in all his compositions. Swing Dynamique are proud to present the music of Ewan MacKenzie and hope to continue his fine legacy and gift of music.

For the second half of this special concert, Swing Dynamique will be joined by special guests performing Ewan’s favourite gypsy jazz songs.

Miranda Deutsch (guitar), Alex Crighton (guitar), Dan Cosgrove (Clarinet), Jan Van Dijk (violin), Rick Caskey (double bass)