His eclectic approach to music is well illustrated by his years of touring and recording simultaneously with the iconic Stephane Grappelli
and the legendary jazz fusion group Soft Machine.
He worked with Django Reinhardt's former partner, violinist Stephane Grappelli
, for 11 years and since then has attained the reputation as the world's leading solo jazz guitarist.
John Etheridge was the guitarist for the celebrated jazz violinist Stephane Grappelli
and he has also performed with Soft Machine, Pat Metheny, Andy Summers, Dizzy Gillespie and Nigel Kennedy, and is currently in a duo with the eminent classical guitarist John Williams.
The festival will feature Roy Sainsbury, who has performed with several bands at some of the country's most prestigious jazz clubs, including Ronnie Scott's in London; Nigel Price, former member of the James Taylor Quartet and also a regular at Ronnie Scott's; John Etheridge, who has recorded with iconic jazz fusion group Soft Machine as well as a number of world-famous musicians such as Stephane Grappelli
and Nigel Kennedy; and Remi Harris, runner-up in two categories of the British Jazz Awards 2014.
Throughout his career he has collaborated with a wide variety of musicians, including Yehudi Menuhin, Lorin Maazel, Neville Marriner, Georg Solti, Yevgeny Svetlanov, Sir Andrew Davis and Esa-Pekka Salonen as well as Stephane Grappelli
, Elton John and Cleo Laine.
O'Connor has traveled from fiddle contests to classical concert halls, with trips with such jazz masters as Stephane Grappelli
along the way as he picked up two Grammy awards and eight Grammy nominations in different categories.
He has premiered more than 60 works for cello and collaborated with an extraordinary array of musicians, from Lord Yehudi Menuhin and Sir Georg Solti to Elton John and Stephane Grappelli
Le jazz hot of Django Reinhardt and Stephane Grappelli
is their north star, but they use that beacon to navigate through a wide range of genres, blending Western swing, classical, reggae, d00-wop, and "anything else we damn well please" into strikingly original compositions and audaciously reworked standards alike," the band's website says.
During that time he worked with Matt Monro (who taught him how to tie a bow tie and play poker), Mel Torme, Wynton Marsalis, Stephan Grappelli
and Morecambe & Wise.
The 120-acre site, in the city's 20th arrondissement and served by several metro stations, was established by Napoleon in 1804 and is the resting place of thousands of French notables, including actress Sarah Bernhardt, jazz violinist Stephane Grappelli
, mime artist Marcel Marceau and novelist Marcel Proust.
Garrick has played with Etheridge in the Sweet Chorus band, which concentrated on paying homage to the music of Stephane Grappelli
If Stphane Grappelli
had been the one to lose use of two fingers after a fire, it is possible "hot jazz" would not have been invented, or at least not by him and famed guitarist Django Reinhardt.