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Swing Magique / Rowan McJimsey Solo Piano Opens


Thu Jul 13 2023


7:30 pm

Swing Magique presents jazz in the swing style, made famous in 1930’s Paris, by gypsy guitar virtuoso Django Reinhardt. Greatly influenced by American jazz and swing, Reinhardt revolutionized the popular tunes of the day by making the guitar a lead instrument and giving it a distinctive voice. Django’s sound mimicked the arpeggio and ornamentation of the accordion, resulting in a melodic, percussive and highly rhythmic style of guitar playing. Swing Magique guitarists, Ronaldo Baca and Mick Faucheur, bring virtuosic and distinctive gypsy jazz sound to the band while vocalist Melissa Montoya draws heavily from the vocal styles of Edith Piaf and Ella Fitzgerald, capturing melodious chanson and American jazz standards with her lyric and dynamic vocals. Bassist Micky Patten brings his vast knowledge and experience as a performer of jazz, providing the rhythm, drive and swing necessary for the gypsy swing genre. All members of the band come from completely different backgrounds, bu, as they describe it, “Gypsy Jazz is where we meet!”  A pianist, composer and producer, Rowan McJimsey began studying Jazz at age 11 with Phil Arnold, a trombonist and the founder of the Youth Jazz Collaborative of New Mexico. Since then, he has performed with several well-known local musicians such as Carla Van Blake, Alex Murzyn, and John Funkhouser and has performed numerous times at the Outpost, including with The Children’s Hour. He was also a student in the Outpost Jazz and Latin Music classes.

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