“Absolutely brilliant performers and last year’s festival favourites!”
' L A V I E E N R O S E ' . . . an Exeter based group of musicians with wide-ranging individual backgrounds in classical music, traditional jazz, rock, blues, country, ragtime and roots, pulled together by the shared pleasure of gypsy jazz and hot swing.
We play a wide variety of venues and events both large and small, in pubs and palaces, for fetes and family-days, at weddings and funerals!
At festivals such as Upton Jazz, Lyme Jazz & Blues, 'Vibraphonic', 'Respect', 'Acoustica' and 'Nourish'; for 'Jazz on the Quay', Velo Vintage, The Picturehouse, 'Midsummer Dreams' at Dartington Hall, the Fanzone for the Rugby World Cup. In London at well-respected music venues such as The Gladstone Arms and The Magic Garden.
We have twice entertained at the huge Cosy Club in Bristol for their New Year's Eve festivities, and we're booked for the third year running at The Royal Albert Hall's 'Verdi Italian Kitchen' on Valentine's Day.
As well as the numerous bars, restaurants, festivals and jazz clubs we also play for all kinds of private functions, parties and house-concerts.
Aside from performance we host the 'monthly manouche' session at The Bike Shed in Exeter which is the only regular event in the region to encourage players of all instruments, abilities and backgrounds to get together informally and become involved in gypsy jazz and swing. (See our 'LIVE DATES' page and Facebook 'Gypsy Jazz Sessions Exeter' for information.)
“A great crowd came along to watch and listen to La Vie En Rose…a great gig.”
David Walden - SpeakeasyTorquay
David Jones (gtr) learned piano from the age of 6, guitar from 11, has played as lead guitarist in rock bands, works extensively in musical theatre, and teaches at schools and the Exeter Academy of Music & Sound. Having discovered gypsy jazz in his teenage years he has focused on this style to become one of the UK's finest players. He has performed alongside the likes of top players such as Lollo Meier and Bertrand Le Guillou, and at events such as the March Manouche Festival. He is endorsed by JWC Guitars.
Rebecca Willson (vln) plays violin, viola and piano, and has a B.A. in Music Performance, and an M.A. in 21st Century Music. Her varied projects include playing solo piano concerts, working as a member of The Obligato String Quartet, through the musical spectrum to hillbilly and western swing bands. She has studied the gypsy jazz violin technique with Tim Kliphuis, and teaches the Kodály Musical Education Approach.
Laurie Light (gtr) Is the only member of the band who was around while Django was still alive! A love of swing and jazz stemmed from listening to Radio Luxembourg, AFN, and a father who crooned in the working-men's clubs of the West Midlands. Learning guitar as a young teenager he was inspired by first hearing Big Bill Broonzy and over the years he has played and sung a repertoire of roots, blues, hokum and western swing.
Yann Mahdjoub (d/b) has a worthy reputation for his upright bass playing with the original Hot String Duo. He recorded 3 albums on the renowned Western Star label with The Bonneville Barons and has toured and released an acclaimed album with The Zazou Cowboys . His background in hillbilly and western swing led naturally towards gypsy jazz and the influences are clearly heard in his strong rythymical and driving playing style.
Unfortunately it can't be every gig but whenever his busy touring schedule allows we are also joined by our clarinet ace...
Nick White (clt) studied at Worcester College Oxford, and the Guildhall School of Music & Drama under the tutorship of Thea King, Roy Jowitt and Colin Lawson. He has had a varied career with diverse groups including Northern Ballet Theatre Orchestra, The Pasadena Roof Orchestra, Zippo’s Circus Band and the Fabulous Good Time Party Boys. He works extensively as an arranger and teacher and is currently lead alto saxophonist with the Big Chris Barber Band.
Rebecca, David and Nick are full-time professional musicians and music teachers, available for private tuition, orchestral and musical theatre work, and are involved in a wide range of other music projects. Please contact through our Gmail or Facebook page.
“We only get to book La Vie En Rose a few times a year so this is a rare treat. This lot are magnificent.”
Danny Gladstone, 'The Glad', London SE1.
The photography on the opening page, the portraits above, and the higher quality shots throughout the website, thanks to Jamie Hollett at Enigma Eye, Plymouth, UK.