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Cafe Django Biography

Peter Golding’s Cafe Django ‘Gypsy Jazz & Hot Harmonica Swing’ is inspired from the unique spirit of Gypsy guitarist Django Reinhardt and the Hot Club de France’s famous music from the 30s and 40s but now also includes Blues, 50s Big Band Favourites, Good Time Music and Ragtime etc. to get the audience jumping ! Its start up signature number is Louis Jordan and Ray Charles’s ‘Let The Good Times Roll’ ..!

Cafe Django has played various London venues including The Chelsea Arts Club, The Arts Club-Dover Street, Momo’s, Le Quecumbar, L’Escargot-Soho,The National Harmonica League and Brasserie Toulouse Lautrec. It features leading musicians of the style with a six piece band of two guitars, violin, accordion, double bass, harmonica and vocals.. often including a delightful guest vocalist.. and sometimes special guests . It is one of the world’s few (maybe only) harmonica led gypsy jazz swing bands… Especially with its motto It’s Party Time!!

Peter’s early harmonica inspiration apart from blues was Larry Adler the harmonica virtuoso who recorded 4 tracks with Django and further influenced Peter’s love of gypsy swing jazz. He was later proud to be invited to play at the Celebration of Larry Adler’s Life at Soho’s Arts Theatre in 2001 and put together a group with the great guitarist Diz Disley who had re-introduced Stephan Grappelli to the UK in earlier days.

PG says “With Cafe Django I now have the privilege to play with some of UK’s best musicians and whilst true to the soul of the music we also love including some blues and good time music with the same fervour and integrity as gypsy jazz..It’s the feeling and commitment that makes it all ring true..So let’s Swing and Rock and sometimes Dance to Le Django!!”

Café Django Band Members • Peter Golding – Harmonica & Vocals • David Ahmed – Guitar • Jake Maun – Guitar •  Frank Bidulph – Violin • Pete Watson – Accordion • Tom Williams – Double Bass • Christine Lockhart – Vocalist