PAUL VERNON CHESTER
Paul is delighted to be able to contact friends and associates via the World Wide Web and is eagerly looking forward to exchanges, links, and expanding his fan base by posting information on his craft and expertise on this site. Old and new fans can fully indulge in his listed insights and help to keep the Django Reinhardt Legacy vibrant and accessible. Please assist him expand his contact by bringing his website presence to the attention of all Exponents, Events and Enthusiasts of Manouche Swing Jazz.
6 OCTOBER 2012 TO 23 JANUARY 2013
DJANGO REINHARDT SWING FROM PARIS
Le Chemin de Django
is a DVD project featuring gypsy jazz guitar master Lollo Meier.
In 2010 gypsy jazz guitar master Lollo Meier took his horse-drawn caravan from his home in the Netherlands to the birthplace of the legendary Django Reinhardt in Liberchies in Belgium. There he met with his cousin Fapy Lafertin and his bandmates and played a concert to mark Django's centenary. The band then travelled onwards to Samois Sur Seine to the International Festival where they met up with Stochelo Rosenberg and held an astonishing impromptu late-night 'campfire' jam. Lollo, Fapy and Band then met with violin maestro Tcha Limberger and performed a concert on the main stage at Samois where they were joined by guitar legend Hank Marvin. Lollo travelled on to the UK where he played a sell-out concert with his touring band. This HD DVD contains performance footage of Lollo, Fapy, Stochelo, Tcha Limberger, Dave Kelbie, Andy Aitchison, Hank Marvin, Bram and Henry
Song titles include
Cloughtoberfest Festival Brew
We're delighted to welcome Matthew Collison of Moneygall Brewing, who'll be giving advice to budding home brewers and sharing some of his special festival nano-brew, Django's Stingo, a luscious smoky porter.
New Duo Recording Release
'DAY OF THE MANOUCHE'.
It combines material familiar from the canon of Django's Art together with new material and melodies, less familiar. Nick and I recorded it on a day in April 2009 on a range of JWC Guitars including a nylon strung 14 fret Classic.
These Guitars, made by Jeongwoo Cho, for JWC Guitars inspire and invoke the Gypsy Spirit. Track 2 is our tribute to him.
In addition, our friend the veteran Jazz Guitarist Jack Toogood inspired Track 5
The variety of instruments allowed us to explore contrasts, colours, tones, textures and most importantly, mood and atmosphere. Playing essentially Manouche Music on JWC Guitars with a rhythm guitarist who is not only your cousin but your lifelong accompanist, is always a joy, indeed the whole day was a joy. It was - The Day of the Manouche! - Paul Vernon Chester
Duets For Django
Paul's live album release "Duets for Django" from a recently recorded live performance at Concert Jazz in Thame on 14th March 07 and his very productive repertoire has yielded sufficient material for perhaps even more releases. These are now fully mixed and perfected for your final assessment. Artwork was resolved and the title formulated. A real must purchase for those that could or perhaps could not attended that magical evening with an enraptured audience enjoying the fine rapport between Paul and his cousin Nick Mellor - lifelong collaborator on Rhythm Guitar..
on line CD Purchase
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A further studio album is also being considered perhaps with the addition of Bass and Violin.
Paul's existing recordings can also be purchased via this website (see audio page).
Paul is now enjoying the close attention of Manouche Guitars and AER Amplifiers which he readily endorses as products that greatly enhance and assist in delivering his intricate artistry and polished performances.
Recent Media Coverage of Paul's Events
Accessible jazz a hit at arts centre
By Laura Nesbitt Bridgewater Mercury
A FAST-FINGERED night of gypsy and hot club jazz was brilliantly executed at Bridgwater Arts Centre last Saturday (2nd June 07).
Raising money for Penrose School, Roger Collett presented guitarists Paul Vernon Chester and his cousin Nick Mellor who took the audience back to 1930s Paris through some exceptional musicianship. Feet were tapping in the packed arts centre after the opening few bars of I Can't Give You Anything But Love, only stopping for the exquisite ballads and injections of stories about their musical icon, Django Reinhardt.
The impact of Django runs deep through modern guitar, his music influenced many performers from Dire Strait's Mark Knopfler to blues legend BB King but it is Paul and Nick that claim to be the 21st century heirs of his legacy. It is understandable why - the dedication they showed through the night was fascinating to watch, the detail and accuracy in every number was captivating.
Moulding classical music into a light and delicate sound and putting well-known songs though a hot club jazz interpretation, Paul and Nick produced a set of unadulterated music that celebrated life and love. During the night, they performed tracks including Nuages, Douce Ambiance, the hauntingly beautiful Anouman and the brilliant gypsy anthem Minor Swing, each with total passion and commitment to the music they have taken on as their own. I sometimes find jazz difficult to listen to, but this was approachable and accessible music, light-hearted and fun - a real joy to take in.
The drive from rhythm guitarist Nick against the intricate - although seemingly easy - determination from Paul, made the set of colourful, emotional music an absolute success!!
Electric Guitar & Bass Masterclass Deptford John and Lee Pomeroy
LEJAZZETAL music projects
django a la creole
Clarinetist, Evan Christopher is a refreshingly bright light on
the international jazz scene. He combines virtuosity, immaculate taste, and
enthusiasm with a deep commitment to capturing the full range of musical
possibilities that come from having strong roots in the idioms of New Orleans
jazz and the Créole clarinet style.
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