Formed 20 years ago, by legendary guitarist John Etheridge to celebrate the work of the 20th century’s greatest jazz violinist Stephane Grappelli, with whom he toured the world for five years, Sweet Chorus is a band that revels in melodic, swinging acoustic jazz. The partnership of John Etheridge and Christian Garrick has been described as One of the most potent combinations in European Jazz (Jazzwise Magazine) and the rhythm team of Dave Kelbie and Andy Crowdy the Rolls Royce and Jaguar of rhythm sections.
The music is inspired by the classic sounds of Django Reinhardt and Grappelli, whose legendary partnership galvanised European Jazz. But in the spirit of these two giants, who were forever looking forward, this is no slavish imitation.
Etheridge and Garrick are musicians of broad experience and sensibility and they bring their range to the table here – so expect a dazzling and varied display of acoustic jazz rather than ‘Hot Club’ mimicry. The repertoire consists of a mixture of standards, American swing, Latin American and original compositions played with wit, humour and virtuosity and propelled by the propulsive drive of Dave Kelbie and Andy Crowdy .
Another feature of the concert is the affectionate and often funny reminiscences of John’s time with Grappelli – a man who was eccentric, inspired, and highly individual.
John Etheridge – Guitars
Christian Garrick – Violin
Dave Kelbie - Rhythm guitar
Andy Crowdy – Double Bass