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Paris London

Benoit Viellefon & his Hot Club

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THE SYNCOPATED TIMES (USA - REVIEW)
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By Dave Doyle - Album Reviews
https://syncopatedtimes.com/benoit-viellefon-and-his-hot-club-%e2%80%a2-paris-1936-london-2016/

As a pianist, I’m drawn to any album which puts the storehouse center stage. It’s
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THE SYNCOPATED TIMES (USA - REVIEW)
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By Dave Doyle - Album Reviews
https://syncopatedtimes.com/benoit-viellefon-and-his-hot-club-%e2%80%a2-paris-1936-london-2016/

As a pianist, I’m drawn to any album which puts the storehouse center stage. It’s rare that I’ll get excited about a Benny Goodman, Louis Armstrong, or Tommy Dorsey disc when raiding charity shop record bins—a hobby I very much hope to resume soon—but I’ll pounce on anything which flashes me that eighty-eight-toothed, black-and-white smile; some of my most-played records include those by Joe “Fingers” Carr, Nat King Cole, and Jelly Roll Morton.

But there’s one eight-fingered string-slinger whose vinyls always catch my eye; a virtuoso of their belly fiddle who will always have a place on my record shelf. Of course, I’m talking about Django Reinhardt.

Perhaps it’s the fact that my old Uncle Joe—whose excellent musical tastes were the crucible of my own—is a huge Django fan. Maybe it’s the timeless, effortlessly loveable, laid-back sound of French hot jazz. Either way, Django gets a seat at my top table alongside musicians wielding way more strings. So I’m a very eager (if slightly late) arrival at the “Chateau de Viellefon,” proprietor one Benoit Viellefon, another jazz guitarist who could almost be mistaken for his late compatriot’s ghost (in look and sound).

Hailing from Paris, Benoit is now a staple of the London jazz scene. As well as strumming around 100 gigs a year—including regular Sunday night slots at Ronnie Scott’s—he and his various outfits are hot property on the British swing dance circuit. Benoit has recorded five albums in the last five years, latterly with his Hot Club quartet, in the shape of Paris 19:36 – London 20:16.

This effort offers a great mix of tempos, showing off the group’s talents at paces suitable for Lindy Hop, balboa or an end-of-night shuffle-and-sway. It features solid recreations of Django classics like “HCQ Strut” and “Hungaria,” as well as hot jazz takes on contemporary hits like Fats Waller’s “How Can You Face Me” and “Honeysuckle Rose,” which were recorded by the great guitarist. (The last of these new versions achieves peak French, in showcasing Benoit’s own charmingly Continental voice.)

“I Can’t Give You Anything But Love” is one of my all-time favorite numbers: it really is difficult to spoil, no matter who’s performing it. So I was utterly delighted by Benoit’s upbeat arrangement, graced with another beautiful French-accented vocal by Gabrielle Ducomble. Likewise, Daniel Oates’s singing on “I Fall In Love Too Easily” is suitably Gallic—in its recumbent style, if not in vowel sounds—being very much evocative of the superb Chet Baker version.

Recorded late last year—old-school, around just a couple of condenser mics—Paris 19:36 – London 20:16 achieves its aim of transporting listeners to a smoky French cellar eighty years ago. And I’m pleased to note that it even features some sterling stride piano—listen for it on “HCQ Strut,” “Nuages,” and “Swing 48.”

So if your idea of a good time involves fiddles duelling with clarinets, backed by a rhythm section hotter than the French Riviera in high summer, then this is the disc for you. Find it on Benoit’s Bandcamp page and keep this outstanding outfit together, until we can enjoy them live again.

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Dave Doyle is a swing dancer, dance teacher, and journalist based in Gloucestershire, England. Write him at contact@davedoyle.co.uk. Find him on Twitter @DaveDoyleComms.
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London Paris

Benoit Viellefon & his Hot Club

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THE SYNCOPATED TIMES (USA - REVIEW)
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By Dave Doyle - Album Reviews
https://syncopatedtimes.com/benoit-viellefon-and-his-hot-club-%e2%80%a2-paris-1936-london-2016/

As a pianist, I’m drawn to any album which puts the storehouse center stage. It’s
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THE SYNCOPATED TIMES (USA - REVIEW)
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By Dave Doyle - Album Reviews
https://syncopatedtimes.com/benoit-viellefon-and-his-hot-club-%e2%80%a2-paris-1936-london-2016/

As a pianist, I’m drawn to any album which puts the storehouse center stage. It’s rare that I’ll get excited about a Benny Goodman, Louis Armstrong, or Tommy Dorsey disc when raiding charity shop record bins—a hobby I very much hope to resume soon—but I’ll pounce on anything which flashes me that eighty-eight-toothed, black-and-white smile; some of my most-played records include those by Joe “Fingers” Carr, Nat King Cole, and Jelly Roll Morton.

But there’s one eight-fingered string-slinger whose vinyls always catch my eye; a virtuoso of their belly fiddle who will always have a place on my record shelf. Of course, I’m talking about Django Reinhardt.

Perhaps it’s the fact that my old Uncle Joe—whose excellent musical tastes were the crucible of my own—is a huge Django fan. Maybe it’s the timeless, effortlessly loveable, laid-back sound of French hot jazz. Either way, Django gets a seat at my top table alongside musicians wielding way more strings. So I’m a very eager (if slightly late) arrival at the “Chateau de Viellefon,” proprietor one Benoit Viellefon, another jazz guitarist who could almost be mistaken for his late compatriot’s ghost (in look and sound).

Hailing from Paris, Benoit is now a staple of the London jazz scene. As well as strumming around 100 gigs a year—including regular Sunday night slots at Ronnie Scott’s—he and his various outfits are hot property on the British swing dance circuit. Benoit has recorded five albums in the last five years, latterly with his Hot Club quartet, in the shape of Paris 19:36 – London 20:16.

This effort offers a great mix of tempos, showing off the group’s talents at paces suitable for Lindy Hop, balboa or an end-of-night shuffle-and-sway. It features solid recreations of Django classics like “HCQ Strut” and “Hungaria,” as well as hot jazz takes on contemporary hits like Fats Waller’s “How Can You Face Me” and “Honeysuckle Rose,” which were recorded by the great guitarist. (The last of these new versions achieves peak French, in showcasing Benoit’s own charmingly Continental voice.)

“I Can’t Give You Anything But Love” is one of my all-time favorite numbers: it really is difficult to spoil, no matter who’s performing it. So I was utterly delighted by Benoit’s upbeat arrangement, graced with another beautiful French-accented vocal by Gabrielle Ducomble. Likewise, Daniel Oates’s singing on “I Fall In Love Too Easily” is suitably Gallic—in its recumbent style, if not in vowel sounds—being very much evocative of the superb Chet Baker version.

Recorded late last year—old-school, around just a couple of condenser mics—Paris 19:36 – London 20:16 achieves its aim of transporting listeners to a smoky French cellar eighty years ago. And I’m pleased to note that it even features some sterling stride piano—listen for it on “HCQ Strut,” “Nuages,” and “Swing 48.”

So if your idea of a good time involves fiddles duelling with clarinets, backed by a rhythm section hotter than the French Riviera in high summer, then this is the disc for you. Find it on Benoit’s Bandcamp page and keep this outstanding outfit together, until we can enjoy them live again.

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Dave Doyle is a swing dancer, dance teacher, and journalist based in Gloucestershire, England. Write him at contact@davedoyle.co.uk. Find him on Twitter @DaveDoyleComms.
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Caught on film (Live at Oriole)

Benoit Viellefon Hot Club

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ABOUT THIS RELEASE:
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Release Summer 2023 - 10 tracks album + 9 videos

The music is made available exclusively on Bandcamp.
But the 9 videos that are the reason to be of this album are reserved to the subscribers only, so the can feel a bit special.
The "Hungaria" video is showcased, but
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ABOUT THIS RELEASE:
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Release Summer 2023 - 10 tracks album + 9 videos

The music is made available exclusively on Bandcamp.
But the 9 videos that are the reason to be of this album are reserved to the subscribers only, so the can feel a bit special.
The "Hungaria" video is showcased, but you can get all the others plus the complete catalogue of Benoit viellefon by subscribing: https://benoitviellefon.bandcamp.com/subscribe

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BEHIND THE SCENES:
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"Caught on Film" is a series of short videos shot live with 4 cameras and a multitrack recording. It had to be shot on a Sunday morning at 8am after having gigged the whole week because it was the only time the club was available for a couple of hours. Be amazed at the wonders strong coffee and make up can do! These are not short of being miracles because each tune had to be in the box in one or two takes since the venue had to be vacated so they could open for lunch.

The Oriole was one of the best loved London music venue with a 200 capacity and a sophisticated clientele; they won multitude of awards being ranked in the world 5 best cocktail bar year after year. Benoit Viellefon performed there with his Orchestra and his Hot Club every month for 7 years from the opening to the end. Sadly the club was forced to close in 2022 to be replaced by luxury flats and boutiques for superwealthy Londoners.
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Out with the wrong women

Benoit Viellefon Swing Trio

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ABOUT THE TRIO
First album of the Benoit Viellefon Trio - October 2019
(5th release of Benoit viellefon)
Sorry, there are no CD or LP pressed for that recording, Digital only!
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Mon amour

Benoit Viellefon & His Orchestra

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ABOUT THIS ALBUM:
Second album of Benoit Viellefon & His Orchestra.
1000 copies limited edition CD released in 2014. Less than a 100 left: Buy one!
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Swing a la mode

Benoit Viellefon & His Orchestra

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Don't waste £20 on one album when you can get 9 albums for the same price: Subscribe now!
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ABOUT BENOIT VIELLEFON & HIS ORCHESTRA "SWING A LA MODE":
These tracks were intended as demo recordings when the band started in September 2009. These tracks purpose was to be sent to promoters and be on our website to get some gigs. These were well received and they were put together in a CD by popular demand that was released in 2010. The Orchestra has performed about 1500 concerts since and developed a lot, with a further 5 albums. The band was young and the production was cheap, all done in a bedroom, and the singing is very "Artistic" but the tracks still have a charm and atmosphere that many love.

Official website https://www.benoitandhisorchestra.com

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2010 RELEASE:

Benoit Viellefon & His Orchestra are emerging from the London scene as “The French band” in the UK. Specializing in 1920-30-40’s dance music, they get crowds crazy with their crossover of gypsy jazz, swing, Charleston, Latin music, French chanson, Parisian accordion music, and Russian folk. Being a hit across generations with both dancers and listeners, the Orchestra is taking the British scene by storm.

Reviews:

"...swinging fast … an authentic wall of sound … romantic and distinctly Parisian angle …quite striking and perfect, it all felt rather filmic ...Latin/swing dexterity ...the rhythms were tight and hot. Benoit Viellefon and His Orchestra definitely reside within the cabaret
end of jazz but their combined individual skill almost makes them a crossover ensemble."

- Jeanie Barton - London Jazz

"...If you missed Benoit Viellefon’s festival show, you missed a treat. - We’d all be much happier if Benoit’s music was the soundtrack to our lives."

- Lauren Rodgers - Norfolk Norwich Festival 2011

"...Something very beautiful: Benoit Viellefon and his Orchestra combine French chanson, musette with swing. A very addictive mixture. "

- Nathan Nörgel - Wasser-Prada (Germany)
"...We don`t get enough of this kind of class act and excellent musicianship."
- Lousie Slater - Harrogate Internatioanl Festival 2011
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Live at the Quecumbar

Benoit Viellefon Hot Club

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Don't waste 20 on one album when you can get 9 albums for the same price: Subscribe now!

SEE ALL THE
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Don't waste £20 on one album when you can get 9 albums for the same price: Subscribe now!

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ABOUT BENOIT VIELLEFON HOT CLUB LIVE AT THE QUECUMBAR:
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‘Live at the Quecumbar’ (2012) is the latest album from renowned French chanteur, guitarist and entertainer Benoit Viellefon. Following the success of his 2011 debut Swing a la Mode , Monsieur Viellefon has established himself as UK’s most popular exponent of vintage dance music, gypsy-style jazz and traditional European melody.
Benoit and the Hot Club’s extensive 2011 European tour included two headline slots at Glastonbury 2011, the London premiere of the Multi-Oscar winning blockbuster “The Artist” and numerous A-list celebrities parties (including Ron Dennis’ McLaren F1 party and Ronny Wood amongst others). Following these successes Benoit was most happy to take up the invitation of Europe’s most famous gypsy-jazz venue Le Quecumbar to cut an intimate live-recording to a captive-audience. Benoit hopes that the record will prove to be a favourite for those thousands of fans who have embraced his music over the past year and indeed as a pleasurable introduction for those he is yet to perform for in person.

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“Live at The Quecumbar” - REVIEW
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In our age of auto-tuned voices and photo-shopped images, the Benoit Viellefon Hot Club have brought back something of those pure and simple pleasures in life with Live at The Quecumbar. Recorded on one single microphone - the old-fashioned way, the record thrives simply on the hard-won virtuosity of the ensemble, with each member of the Hot Club taking great care to deliver this most precious of music with both passion and integrity. Indeed the Hot Club have made a firm commitment to emulating that beautiful balance of artistic craftsmanship and popular appeal which brings together seminal figures such as Louis Armstrong, Sidnet Bechet and Charles Trenet.
Taking great inspiration from their international musical travels (over 150 international shows in the past year alone), Benoit’s Hot Club present here a programme of popular American melodies from the 1930s including the timeless All of Me, famous Parisian Musettes like the romantic Flambee Montalbanaise, gypsy-jazz classics such as Django Reinhardt’s Minor Swing, as well as original modern-day classics from the pen of Monsieur Viellefon in the same style.

The Hot Club’s line-up features the classic gypsy-jazz core of two guitars, with both Benoit himself and Portuguese jazz-guitar star Pedro Velasco in tow alongside the driving double-bass of British stalwart Geoffrey Threadgold. Benoit has also brought together in his Hot Club one of Europe’s finest horn sections in the form of Klezmer/Balkan clarinet and saxophone specialist Dave Shulman and the 1930’s swing trumpet stylings of Peter Horsfall, in addition to the Toulouse-trained and now London-based accordionist Peter Watson.

Equally at home entertaining crowds in small bistros or large concert halls and festival stages, Benoit and the Hot Club will launch the record in a spectacular evening of music at London’s most famous of venues The Royal Albert Hall. The show will feature many of the memorable melodies from Live at the Quecumbar, including Benoit’s hit-song “Mon Amour” which has captured the imagination of audiences across the continent. A special limited edition CD (only 500 available) will be available at the launch, which features secret hidden tracks and in addition enables access to eight exclusive online-videos of the Hot Club in action, Live at the Quecumbar!
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