Gypsy Jazz at The Apex ...
Simply put, The Robin Nolan Trio are one of the world’s best known and most admired Gypsy Jazz acts of the last 20 years.
One of the most respected exponents of Gypsy Jazz guitar since Django Reinhardt, Robin has been personally endorsed by Bill Wyman of the Rolling Stones, Willie Nelson, and the late George Harrison of The Beatles (who regularly hired him to perform at private parties on the grounds of his English country estate).
The son of musical entertainers, Nolan’s nomadic lifestyle has taken him on a romantic and passionate musical journey. He was taught and encouraged to play the standards of Hank Williams and the subtleties of traditional jazz. However, Nolan’s musical path led him down many roads before securing a place at the Guildhall School of Music in London where he established himself on the capital’s local jazz scene with his own swing quartet. But it was a trip to the annual Django Reinhardt Festival in Samois-Sur-Seine, France with his father and musical mentor in 1991 that changed Nolan’s whole perspective towards music forever.
Robin explains: “I was just blown away with the music and how everyone was playing guitars outside around camp fires – the whole romance of it got me. It hit me over the head – it was just intoxicating. Seeing these gypsies … I’d never seen anything like it – how they live and the music and how important that is to them. As soon as I got back to London I started playing that music.”
Unfortunately for Nolan, the gypsy lifestyle is not something that the London of the early ’90s was ready to embrace. After struggling to find spots to play his music on the street without being moved by the police or going through the endless bureaucracy and red tape to secure a busking pitch, Nolan decided to pack his bags and take his band to a more liberal city by setting his sights on Amsterdam.
The all-acoustic Robin Nolan Trio features top Dutch double bassist Arnoud Van Den Berg and UK guitar virtuoso Chris Quinn on Rhythm. From busking the busy tourist districts of Amsterdam as street musicians, they have since performed at some of the world's most prestigious musical events including the Montreal, North Sea, Barcelona and St. Louis Jazz Festivals.
While Robin Nolan Trio's inspiration lies in gypsy jazz, Latin and Hot Club de France, The Trio has a decidedly contemporary feel and fire up their music with their own expressive "je ne sais quoi." Peppered with hypnotic rhythms and rippling melodic themes, their repertoire features jazz standards from the greatest composers of the 20th century (e.g., Ellington, Gershwin, Waller, etc.), as well as modern songs (such as ‘Tainted Love’), and an increasing list of original compositions.
Robin Nolan will be at The Apex on Friday 12 May at 7.30pm. Tickets are £14, ring the Box Office on 01284 758000, or visit www.theapex.co.uk for more information, or to book your tickets.