Cafe Django Biography
Cafe Django is dedicated to the unique spirit of Gypsy guitarist Django Reinhardt and violinist Stephane Grappelli and the Hot Club de France’s famous music from the 30s and 40s. 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 Convention and Brasserie Toulouse Lautrec. It features leading musicians of the style with a five piece band of two guitars, accordion, double bass, harmonica and vocals..often with surprise special guests and sometimes up to an 8 piece. It is one of the world’s few (maybe only) harmonica led gypsy 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 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 • Harry Diplock – Guitar • Tim Ellis – Guitar • Pete Watson – Accordion • Maurizio Minardi – Accordion • Marcus Penrose – Double Bass • Eleazar R Spreafico – Double Bass • David Miles – Double Bass • Frank Bidulph – Violin • Christine Lockhart – Vocalist
Peter Golding created the first ‘Designer Jean’, introduced Bleach Denim to America, created the world’s First Stretch Jean. His famous ACE boutique in London’s Kings Road was a great success with celebrities for many years. In 2004 he was invited by The Queen to Buckingham Palace in recognition of his contribution to British design. His musical passions started in earlier days busking the Paris streets and living in the Beat Hotel!