Hank Marvin Gypsy Jazz at Brisbane Jazz Club

On Saturday November 28th 2015 Hank Marvin Gypsy Jazz Quartet played at the wonderful Brisbane Jazz Club.

On the vibrant evening of Saturday, November 28th, 2015, the enchanting melodies of the Hank Marvin Gypsy Jazz Quartet resonated through the air at the esteemed Brisbane Jazz Club. This performance marked a highlight of the OZ Manouche, an annual festival celebrating the timeless legacy of Django Reinhardt and the vibrant Gypsy jazz genre.

The OZ Manouche festival spanned four days, offering a rich tapestry of musical experiences including concerts, workshops, masterclasses, film screenings, and a delightful array of food and merchandise stalls, all accompanied by a lively licensed bar. Throughout the festival, the air was filled with non-stop jam sessions, creating an atmosphere of creative spontaneity and musical camaraderie.

The 2015 edition of OZ Manouche was particularly special, as it commemorated the festival’s tenth anniversary. Musicians from across Australia and around the globe gathered in Brisbane to pay homage to Django Reinhardt, the legendary Belgian-born Romani-French guitarist who pioneered the Gypsy jazz genre in the 1930s and ’40s. The festival’s spirit echoed similar events held worldwide, with the Samois festival in France standing out as one of the most renowned celebrations of Gypsy jazz.

The Hank Marvin Gypsy Jazz Quartet’s performance was a standout moment of the festival, captivating the audience with their virtuosity and deep appreciation for the genre. Hank Marvin, a legendary guitarist in his own right, brought his signature style and passion to the stage, mesmerizing listeners with his nuanced phrasing and soulful interpretations. The quartet’s performance showcased the timeless allure of Gypsy jazz, a genre known for its infectious rhythms, intricate melodies, and improvisational flair.

As the Hank Marvin Gypsy Jazz Quartet’s music filled the Brisbane Jazz Club, festivalgoers were transported on a musical journey that celebrated the enduring legacy of Django Reinhardt. The quartet’s performance served as a testament to the universal appeal of Gypsy jazz, bringing together musicians and audiences from diverse backgrounds to revel in the joy of live music and the shared experience of artistic expression.

Overall, the 2015 OZ Manouche festival was a resounding success, offering a vibrant celebration of Django Reinhardt’s music and the rich tapestry of sounds that define the Gypsy jazz genre. The Hank Marvin Gypsy Jazz Quartet’s performance was a fitting tribute to the festival’s legacy, leaving a lasting impression on all who were fortunate enough to be in attendance.

OZ Manouche Festival in Brisbane Queensland.

“ An Absolute treat to attend this superb Jazz Club in Brisbane. Wonderful entertainment for three days.”

Steve Hilliar. Photographer
Steve Hilliar

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