BATH – The Maine Jazz Alliance will present The Robin Nolan Trio playing traditional gypsy swing at 7:30 p.m. Friday, June 18, in the Chocolate Church Arts Center, 804 Washington St.

The trio is a critically acclaimed and renowned acoustic swing jazz trio from Amsterdam.

“Gypsy jazz” is a style of acoustic European swing jazz made famous by the late Django Reinhardt and the violinist Stephane Grappelli.

This style of jazz has also been referred to as “gypsy swing,” “hot club,” “le jazz hot” and “jazz manouche.”

The gypsy jazz repertoire includes classic swing jazz standards by composers Duke Ellington, Fats Waller, George and Ira Gershwin, Cole Porter and Reinhardt.

It also encompasses a variety of rhythm styles, including swing, waltzes, Latin boleros, tangos, bossas and sambas.

In 1991, guitarist Robin Nolan, a music student in London went to the Django Reinhardt Festival in France and fell in love with the musical style of the gypsy musicians he heard there. On his return to London, he formed his trio and dedicated himself to performing Reinhardt’s music.

In 2003, the trio not only headlined at the Festival de Jazz Django Reinhardt in Samios-Sur-Seine, France, but they were distinguished guests of honor at Lincoln Center, where they were invited to perform at a festival commemorating the 50th anniversary of Reinhardt’s passing.

The trio’s debut recording “Mediterranean Blues” includes two tracks featured in the movie “Autumn in New York.”

The Robin Nolan Trio has two acoustic guitars (lead and rhythm) and string bass.

Tickets: $14 in advance, $18 day of the performance. Tickets may be purchased at The Chocolate Church box office, 798 Washington St.; or call (207) 442-8455.


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