La Luna & The Gadjos
From the drama of Piaf to the steamy hot clubs of Paris, La Luna & the Gadjos, New Zealand’s premier vocal gypsy band, perform a fun, irreverent mix of French gypsy mayhem or 'Manouche' with the raucous sounds of New Orleans jazz.
The multilingual talents of La Luna (Fr: the mad one) and her Gadjos, create music with authentic feel and lashings of passion. Designed especially for New Zealand audiences, they combine classic swing numbers such as Puttin on the Ritz and Swing Brother Swing with traditional Manouche and vintage Piaf like La Vie en Rose, J'attendrais, Douce Ambiance, and L'accordeoniste.
La Luna is Auckland-based with line-ups around the country of outstanding and award-winning New Zealand players and international guests.
Recently returned from a tour of French-speaking New Caledonia, La Luna's gorgeous vocals have also been featured in an array of jazz events throughout New Zealand, Australia, UK, Asia, including TVNZ's Good Morning Show, Auckland Jazz Festival, Nelson and Tauranga Jazz Festivals, Volvo Ocean Races, Auckland Domain, The Cloud, Hamilton Gardens Festival, Alliance Francaise Music Festival, Taste Festival, Titirangi Festival, Summer Days Festival and Hallertau.
La Luna (Caro Manins) – la chanteuse
Roger Manins - tenor sax
James 'Le Prof' - burning violin
Phillip Beatson - lead guitare
Sam Swindells / Steve Sherry – la pompe
Chris Marshall/ Olivier Holland / Djordje Nikolik – contrabass
CJC - May 2016
Thanks to Caro Manins (La Luna) and Misha Kovalov we feasted on catchy melodic tunes, marvelled at their hard-swinging lines.... ‘La Luna & the Gadjos’ worked their magic and swing, they certainly did. It doesn’t matter what your Jazz preferences, I defy anyone to keep their feet still during a spirited Manouche gig. This is a music that stirs heart and limbs, a holiday from the cerebral manifestations of improvised music. It makes you feel good and the desire to move with it is overwhelming; that is its charm....
FULL REVIEW - https://jazzlocal32.com/2016/05/24/twisting-the-swing-la-luna-the-gadjos/