Paris Combo in San Francisco Next Month
Paris Combo, the group the NY Times describes as, “swinging cabaret songs of the 1930’s, with an airy chanteuse and touches of Django Reinhardt-styled guitar” returns to the US following several sold-out performances last year. The celebrated group plays two nights in San Francisco at SFJazz’s Miner Auditorim. Here are the details for the two concerts in February:
FROM PARIS WITH LOVE SERIES: Swing!
February 19th & 20th, 7:30pm
SFJAZZ Center, Miner Auditorium
About Paris Combo
Delightfully cosmopolitan and seductively swinging, Paris Combo is as diverse and sophisticated as the city from which the band hails. Combining Gypsy swing with elements of flamenco, chanson and alt-cabaret, the quintet mixes in Latin and North African rhythms for good measure. Holding all the diverse elements together is the sprightly vocalist Belle du Berry, who’s joined by Australian trumpeter/keyboardist David Lewis, jazz bassist Emmanuel Chabbey, French drummer François Jeannin, and Potzi, an Algerian Gypsy guitarist whose virtuosic style and natty appearance recalls Django Reinhardt. Formed in the early 1990s, the group had its origin in the retro review Champêtres de Joie, which performed in the historic Berry Zèbre cinema in Paris’ Belleville district and collaborated with renowned choreographer Philippe Decouflé at the closing ceremony of the 1992 Winter Olympics in Albertville. The band recorded four studio albums and a live session while touring the world incessantly until disbanding in 2005 to pursue other interests. Regrouping for their first album in six years, Paris Combo recently released 5, a session with all surreal humor, showmanship, and irresistible bounce that have come to define this entrancing quintet. They return to SFJAZZ following their triumphant, sold-out appearance last spring.
More about Paris Combo on France Rocks here