The duo bring with them a unique legacy in European jazz from years of touring and recording with top artists Stephane Grappelli
and Oscar Peterson.
Their style is influenced by the founder of the genre, Django Reinhardt, and his music colleague Stephane Grappelli
Which Belgian jazz guitarist led the quintet of the Hot Club de France with Stephane Grappelli
from 1934 to 1939?
The encore provided an opportunity to hear a Stephane Grappelli
composition courtesy of an impromptu cello part for the festival artistic director - a lovely end.
Keeping alive the spirit of the great Django Reinhardt and Stephane Grappelli
, this North Wales Jazz presentation will feature classic numbers like Cherokee, Puttin' on the Ritz and Limehouse Blues.
They include Yehudi Menuhin, Isaac Stern, Stephane Grappelli
and Mark O'Connor, whom Kennedy rates as one of the most important violinists alive today, as well as jazz guitarist Jarek Smietana who he has got to know thanks to frequent visits to Cracow.
The aptly named threesome - Whit Smith (guitar), Elana James (fiddle/vocals) and Jake Erwin (upright bass) - combine incendiary interplay which draws on the old Paris Hot Club pairing of Reinhardt and Grappelli
with the Texasswing of Bob Wills & the Texas Playboys.
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.
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.