CLUB MANOUCHE … OUR STORY
The band was formed in 2006 by Parisian firebrand guitarist Jean Pierre Druinaud who on his arrival from Tahiti in Auckland teamed up with Jez Jeremy Titterton “Le Voleur” and Pierre La Bouche on bass to impart the Manouche message. Club meetings frequently taking place on the streets of Auckland were started with an open invitation to all those interested in playing Gypsy Jazz. Accordionists Jambon Denham and Hershall played alongside violinist James Le Prof Sneyd. The band finally gelled with the arrival of La Pompe Stephan Sherry in 2009 then come the decade guitarist Misha the Haemophiliac added bleeding to the bands line up while guitarist Miro Duna playing violin, guitar and piano is the genuine Roma element..Hopla! Misha returned to latvia and Miro true to his Romani roots moved to the Goldcoast.
Latest edition is Phillip Beatson , principal guitar. the ferocious Phillipino of the fretboard. All of the above club members still come and go…talking of Michael Angelo, so to speak.
Can perform as a trio of acoustic bass and two guitars or augmneted with any combinatioin of instruments to perform as a quartet or quintet with or without vocals . Vocal duties are shared avec Caroline La Luna and Tui Mamaki.
Consists of French Gypsy Jazz from the Django songbook plus jazz standards French Chanson.