Let's not forget France,
There's a huge jazz activity in Paris, Orleans, Vienne, Marciac, Antibes-Juan les Pins, Nice, and so many other festivals.
Special thoughts about gipsy swing which is extremely popular in France (as popular as…"
"Jason, you're so right! The firts step to recognition would be to ask to jazz magazines and jazz radio stations to quit trashing "easy listening artists", because those are actually the artists whom pop music listeners can approach…"
A little History
It all happened a century ago, in the south of what we call today « The United States of America ». In those times, if your type were not frankly Caucasian and that at the same time you were without a job in a cotton or a carnie farm it wasn’t a good idea to step outside for a walk. A hobo was usually homeless, considered as out of law, most of the time black of skin, chased as an animal, for a few dollars if taken dead, or to be sent to jail if still alive. We have chosen that name because it represents this period and its state of mind, which is forever engraved in the lyrics of a particularly popular music style: The Blues.
- 2001 : Pascal Enjoubault and Gerald Vausort, both guitar players and singers, start a new duo,
- 2002 : The band quickly evolves into a more standard configuration (drums, bass guitar, guitar and lyrics), featuring two first class musicians: Guillaume Lepicard (drums) and Gilles Cureau (Bass guitar).
- 2002 : Hobo becomes our band’s name.
- July 2003 : First CD : “Not Sharp”
- 2003-2004 : Gigs and partys
- 2005 : Second CD : “Thingamadoogies”
- 2006 : Guillaume (our drummer) has to leave the band for studies reasons, Hobo gives a brand new orientation to the set : Our music becomes fully acoustic – “unplugged” style.
- 2007 : Bruno (mouth-harp) joins us, bringing more colour and groove to our set.
- September 2007 : Third and fourth CD’s : B’side (blues set) and J’side (jazz set).
- October 2007 : Showcase CD – J&B D’mo – which is a selection of 7 songs from the 2 CD’s
- November 2007 : Hobo launches its internet page : http://www.myspace.com/hobobluesandjazz
The style, at start a blend of pop-blues-rock covers, quickly evolves into very crunchy boogies, even frankly rock-a-billy for some songs. Some own self-produced numbers are added to the set as well.
2006 : Some jazz numbers are added to the play-list.
2007: Our motto becomes Jazz and Blues, mostly soft and frankly acoustic, we start revisiting the American songbooks.
« Thingamadoogies », 6-songs demo today completely out of stock. Available for “friends only” (see Myspace.com) by emailed request. It’s the only hi-Fi recordings of the band playing “electrified”.
J’Side, our Jazz play-list in 2007. Those songs were at first recorded in order to produce the J&B showcase. Due to the excellent sound quality of the recordings, we finally decided to produce a complete jazz CD.
It’s the first jazz approach of the quartet, revisiting the Traditional American Song Books (Cole Porter, Gershwin, Duke Ellington, Nat King Cole…).
B’Side, just because Blues remains « Under their skin ». Some acoustic versions of previous « plugged » recordings. Some new songs. Bruno (mouth-harp) brings a new colour to the band’s sound, very “roots style”.
J&B D’mo, the Jazz & Blues showcase. The Yin and the Yang of the twentieth century’s music. When it all began. Available – just give us a call or send us an email. (see « Contacts » below)
We played on festivals in the Centre region and in local bars, the band also played a couple of gigs on the “Bretagne” coast. From 2006, by adding jazz in our play-list and playing only acoustic numbers, we have been more approached by piano bars and restaurants. Our record : 4 musiciens in 2 square meters (at the « Coin de Table » in Blois).
Hello Gerald ! Merci pour ton petit mot. J'espère que vous allez tous bien. Je suis d'accord avec toi : vivement le printemps ! Je n'ai pas eu ma dose d'UVB cette année et je commence à être en manque... De mon côté, l'enregistrement est fini et le mastering est en cours. Ce fut une expérience proche de l'accouchement : beaucoup de bonheur et de douleur à la fois ;-) Mais je suis contente, ça sonne vraiment bien. Je dois maintenant m'atteler à la partie visuelle (mon vrai job !) : photos, pochette, refonte du site web... Je pense avoir terminé début mai. Après, "pochette-surprise" !! Parce que, on est bien d'accord, écrire et enregistrer, c'est bien ; jouer, c'est mieux !! Dès que j'ai mis des morceaux en écoute, je te fais signe...
Portez-vous bien !
By the way. I really like your acoustic performances with you tracks here. You have a great voice. You whistle too! It is great movie stuff also. I can hear you on movie soundtracks in my vision of you. I wish you well my friend.
Thanks for the comment about my music. YES Indeed I would Love to come to France. If you know of any venues where I can perform, any promoters that you may know that will put us on a ticket together, I'd love to perform with you and give you a percentage of my CD sales or whatever we can work out. I have to get to Europe. I need contacts. Give me a response if you are interested.
Hello cher "voisin",
Le plaisir est partagé... Graphiste de métier (mais je fais ce qu'il faut pour changer de "job" !), j'ai bossé pour un groupe mutualiste orléanais, Sphéria Val de France. Ça te dis quelque chose ? Bon, d'accord, c'est pas très musical tout ça !
Mais à vrai dire le graphisme - tout comme la peinture et la sculpture - et la musique, ont un vocabulaire commun : couleurs, rythme, équilibre, harmonie, tension... Et quand tu arrives à allier les 2, waouhhh ! C'est ce que j'essaie de faire personnellement. Enfin, j'espère quand même un jour ne faire que de la musique parce que le cumul des 2 jobs est un poil fatiguant ! Je touche du bois pour le 6, pour que mon rêve devienne réalité...
Merci pour ton amitié.
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