La Luna & The Gadjos
Recreating the steamy hot clubs of Paris to the drama of Piaf, La Luna & the Gadjos perform an irreverent mix of French gypsy mayhem (or 'Manouche') coloured with the sound of New Orleans jazz.
This traditional French music of the 30's is played with authentic feel, passion and their own New Zealand twist, led by the multilingual talents of La Luna (Fr: the mad one) who sings vintage Piaf and gypsy classics with verve, nerve and joie de vivre.
La Luna & the Gadjos are New Zealand's premier vocal French gypsy band and combine traditional Manouche and Chanson such as La Vie en Rose, J'attendrais, Douce Ambiance, and L'accordeoniste, with classic swing numbers such as Puttin on the Ritz and Swing Brother Swing.
La Luna is Auckland-based, but joins 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, Wellington Jazz Festival, Auckland Jazz Festival, Nelson and Tauranga Jazz Festivals, Volvo Ocean Races, Auckland Domain, The Cloud, Creative Jazz Club, Alliance Francaise Music Festival, Manly Jazz Club, Taste Festival, Titirangi Festival, Summer Days Festival, Hallertau and more....
La Luna (Caro Manins) – la chanteuse
Roger Manins - tenor sax
James 'Le Prof' - burning violin
Phillip Beatson - lead guitare
Sam Swindells / Steve Sherry / Travis Hill – 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/