We have a full roster of musicians to keep your toes tapping for each of our three parties. We’re pretty proud of the line-up and we think there’s something for everyone here.
Nell and the Hot Mess MuggersMuggin’ [verb] 1. Putting on the jive; 2. To swing.
Nell Greco brings her unruly troupe of muggers into line for an evening of Hot Club-inspired hedonism, at The Rigmarole. Plucking only the finest tunes from the 20s, 30s and 40s, then adding a little chanson Française to the mix for fun, this quintet will have you shuffling to your heart’s content – and then some.
Nell found her voice while amongst friends, singing and dancing nights away in London’s secret salons, to some of the hottest gypsy jazz in town. She wrangled her muggers into a band for dancers in 2015, and today they most often as perform as:
- Nell Greco: Vocals
- Pedro Velasco: Guitar
- Harry Diplock: Guitar
- Casper Hoedermaekers: Double bass
- Alice Mary Williamson: Clarinet & vocals
Together, and apart, they’ve played for dancers in ballrooms, galleries and Presidential offices. They’ve also frequented the Sydney Opera House and Royal Albert Hall – not to mention London’s menagerie of dimly lit, underground cocktail bars where lovers giggle and swoon… But that’s not what they’re here for tonight, so get your fancy footwork ready for some lyrically lush tunes and stomping hot rhythms.
The Andreas Hofschneider Quintet
Andreas Hofschneider is a well recognised jazz clarinetist from Berlin. His reputation is highly scored amongh jazz critics and his sound is beloved of the European Balboa scene.
Andreas formed the band in 2009 on Benny Goodman’s 100th birthday as a tribute to the legend. Their repertoire is drawn from Goodman’s small combos of the 1930’s delivered by the band in their distinctive style. Their focus is to bring a unique sound experience to the stage and they guarantee genuine enthusiasm at the highest level.
Duncan Hemstock and His All Stars
Duncan was given his first clarinet and a Benny Goodman cassette when he was 13. Upon hearing the first phrase, he fell in love with Jazz and Swing music and eventually he made his way to the local jazz club. There he learnt from and worked with many talented and experienced musicians, and was lucky to be taught by virtuoso clarinet player Andy Firth. Growing up in Adelaide, he toured in the much loved Royal Garden Jazz band and as a soloist all across Australia.
Now living in London, Duncan is relishing the many opportunities to perform for dancers and concert audiences alike throughout the UK and Europe. He brings his joy for life and music to every performance, always delivering with a smile and a cheeky quip or two. His clarinet playing is not only influenced by Goodman, but also the fiery intent of Edmond Hall, while his Tenor Saxophone approach is inspired by the great Lester Young.
Ably backed by a collection of some of the finest Swing musicians in London - affectionately known as The All Stars - Duncan plays classic numbers from the ‘20s, ‘30s, and when feeling a little dangerous, the ‘40s. Dancers are sure to be on the floor, whilst those who feel more comfortable in their chairs will no doubt find their feet tapping to the fierce Swing tunes or swaying themselves to a sweet melody.