The Jonny Hepbir Trio Gypsy Swing At Swanage Jazz Festival Dorset

Updated: Jun 12, 2019

Pumping Gypsy swing in the style of Django Reinhardt is a big hit at Swanage Jazz Festival

Summer’s definitely here now!

The scorching weather has generally held over a few weeks which was fab as the JONNY HEPBIR GYPSY SWING TRIO made the journey down to Swanage in Dorset for a fantastic event.

So happy to have been booked for all three days at the all-new, super-improved Swanage Jazz Festival!

Running since the 90’s, this popular coast-based festival had suffered a bit in the last few years due to one thing or another. At one point it looked like it was going to fold completely, then fortunately into the arena stepped UK jazz guitar supremo Nigel Price. Nigel took on board the full weight of Festival Director and over some stress-filled months, re-launched the 2018 edition with new ideas, hip-programming and an up to date social media and crowd-funding campaign.

The weekend was a great success thanks to his efforts, we were very chuffed to be part of a progressive jazz line-up encompassing many different styles within the genre.

All three of our performances were really well received by the audiences, won us some new fans and helped bring the band to the attention of a few new promoters.

Here we are at the Black Swan on our third venue on the Sunday.

We had a bonus performance at the Mowlem Theatre when we were asked to back up Ronnie Scott’s Jazz Club jam night leader, Andy Davies on trumpet.

There was an extra surprise when our old friend, accordionist Pete Watson suddenly appeared and joined us to make it a pumping quintet!

Here’s a few shots from that Sunday session.

We had a fantastic time, playing, seeing old friends, making new ones and getting to see some amazing concerts by top musicians.

Our big thanks to Nigel for an incredible effort in making the event happen and for making sure all the musicians and attendees were looked after.

Here is the Trio playing ‘Brazil’ from our recent run of new videos!

The JONNY HEPBIR TRIO are available to hire for weddings, private parties, corporate functions, festivals and public events throughout the UK and abroad.

Their enviable client list includes the likes of Sir Paul McCartney, Sir Terence Conran, Roman Abramovich and Kool & The Gang and they have played at venues and events at The Ritz, The Shard plus many more and internationally from Paris to Morocco and the Isle of Sark.

Click HERE to read letters from past clients.

To hire the Trio for your event, please call +44 (0)7712 332967 or email

The band can also be hired as a Duo, Quartet (with or without vocals and different instrumentation) and Quintet. Jonny Hepbir can also be hired solo. They can also play acoustically for smaller events and where noise-restrictions apply. Please click HERE for more information 

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Tel: +44 (0) 7712 332967


Jonny is based in Margate, Kent, UK

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