Cubana gets into the swing with gipsy jazz

Gypsies of Bohemia
Gypsies of Bohemia

Gypsies of Bohemia bring their unique sound to The Big Swing next week.

Describing themselves as “Manchester’s first jazz manouche non-purists,” Gypsies of Bohemia are an acoustic group who perform modern pop favourites in their own distinctive style.

Drawing inspiration from the great gipsy guitarist Django Reinhardt, the band aim to capture the Parisienne charm and sophistication of the Hot Club de France while putting a spin on hits by Britney Spears, Blondie, Girls Aloud and even Iron Maiden.

Latin American bar and restaurant  Cubana in Leopold Square is the new home of the Wednesday night event mixing live music, DJ sounds and dance classes.

Big Swing promoter Tim Walker said: “Cubana’s commitment to live music and dancing goes without saying and I can think of no venue better to be the new home of the Big Swing. We’re really excited to have the new partnership and I can see the event going from strength to strength as we develop.”

The format of the free night will include from 8pm to 8.45pm the Big Swing Dance Class with Mike Tate teaching Charleston and Lindy Hop steps to beginners and more experienced dancers before two sets from the live band. Leeds-based Tessa Smith and the Applejacks are next up on March 25. At 11pm the music will continue with The Big Swing residents and guest DJs playing Swing, Jazz, Rhythm & Blues and Electro Swing through to midnight.

Cubana’s Adrian Bagnoli said: “Such a respected and established night as The Big Swing fits perfectly with our ethos.”