Choro and gypsy jazz in Brindleyplace

Jazzlines held the first of two Summer Jazz gigs in Piccolinos in Oozells Square, Brindleyplace last Friday.

The session took place inside as a result of the threat of rain, but a good crowd were made to feel very welcome by the restaurant staff. The music was provided by Trio Bom Demais, a trio led by Mike Fletcher playing flute throughout supported by Tom Ford on guitar and Nick Jurd on double bass.

Mike has recently been to Brazil and whilst there he discovered choro, a style of music that goes back to the 19th century and brings the European dances of the period such as the waltz, the polka and the mazurka, together with Brazilian rhythms. The music has great charm and is clearly a forerunner of the better known bossa nova; it has the same gently swinging style and the touches of jazz added by the three musicians made for an absorbing ninety minute set.

The second and final Summer Jazz gig takes place on Friday 31st Augustbetween 5.30pm to 7.00pm outside in Oozells Square if the weather is fine, inside if it is not. The featured band will be led by guitarist Sam Slater leading a quartet called The Nearly Hot Club Four playing in the gypsy jazz style of Django Reinhardt and Stephane Grapelli.