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ABOUT JONNY

gypsy jazz guitarist

"the english virtuoso!..."
Guitar Magazine

Jonny has been working as a professional guitarist and guitar teacher for over twenty years.

He is available to hire for both public and private events either as a SOLO GYPSY JAZZ GUITARIST or as part of his Gypsy Swing band, the JONNY HEPBIR DUO, TRIO, QUARTET & QUINTET.

It is also possible to book one to one GYPSY JAZZ GUITAR LESSONS with Jonny, which can be conducted in person or via Skype.

Initially involved in the flamenco-jazz genre, Jonny played in a successful duo with Spanish guitarist, Ignacio Lozano, for five years in the early 90’s. During this time, he was signed to indie jazz label, ’33’ Records, and recorded two acclaimed albums of original material, ‘Spanglo’ and ‘Sur’. This led to tours and workshops all over the UK, with concert performances in art centres, theatres, festivals, television and radio.

After the project had run it’s course, Jonny made the decision to re-learn guitar technique and began to study the Gypsy way of playing in the style of Django Reinhardt.

Jonny has played with many of the great names in Gypsy Jazz today, including Bireli Lagrene, Lulu Reinhardt, Stochelo Rosenberg, Paulus Schäfer, Feigeli Prisor, Angelo Debarre, Rino van Hooijdonk and countless other fantastic players.

Click the videos below to watch Jonny playing with Gypsy Jazz legends!

In 2002, Jonny released an album of Gypsy-style originals on US label, Refined Records, titled ‘Grand Bizarre’ in the UK and ‘Turkish Blend’​ in the USA, available to download from our online SHOP.

He has had the pleasure of working with some superb musicians such as violinists Andy Aitchison, Mike Piggott, Tim Kliphuis, Steve Elsworth and Christian Garrick. Guitarists, Mundell Lowe, John Etheridge, Dave Kelbie, Robin Nolan and multi-instrumentalist composer/arranger, Charlotte Glasson.

"Over the years, I've travelled to Holland, France and Germany to meet, play with and learn from some of the Gypsy Grand Masters... Great experiences and an honour for me...!"

Jonny’s performances have included the 2003 International Jazz Guitar Festival in Wrexham as a member of the Bireli Lagrene Quintette, all three legendary L’Esprit Manouche Festivals in Birmingham ’03, ’04 and ’05, The International Gypsy Guitar Festival in Gloucestershire ’02, ’04, ’06 and ’08, Beachdown Festival Brighton ’08, the Festival Django Reinhardt 2013 in Samois sur Seine, Birmingham Jazz Festival 2013, Margate Jazz Festival 2015, March Manouche Festival 2016 and 2018 and most recently at Swanage Jazz Festival 2018.

"Since my first encounter with Jonny Hepbir at the l'esprit manouche festival 2003, I've been impressed by his technique and authentic Gypsy sound. Jonny has performed with many of the great guitarists in the style and he's been a leading player on the UK Gypsy Jazz scene for years"

Swedish guitar wizard, Andreas Oberg

Jonny has recently released a new album of Gypsy Jazz guitar and accordion duets with accordion maestro, Dan Teper. The album is called ‘Dirty Swing’ and is available to buy on CD or download from iTunes, Amazon and CD Baby or our online SHOP

Currently, Jonny is concentrating on working with his Gypsy Swing trio and quartet, performing at private functions and public events throughout the UK and abroad.

Both ensembles have also recently released albums, ‘La Pompe & Circumstance’ by the Jonny Hepbir Trio and ‘Get Rich Or Die Swingin’ by the Jonny Hepbir Quartet. These albums are also available to buy on CD or download from iTunes, Amazon, Google play and CD Baby or by visiting the online SHOP.

 
COntact US

Tel: +44 (0) 7712 332967

Email: info@jonnyhepbir.co.uk

Jonny is based in Margate, Kent, UK

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