Scottish Jazz Awards finalists Rose Room have become one of Scotland’s leading ensembles influenced by the Gypsy Jazz genre. Sharing a love of Swing music and the style of the great Django Reinhardt and Stephane Grappelli, their “vigorous and vivacious” performances go “down a storm” with any audience as they serve up their 1930s ‘Hot Club’ standards, Gypsy Jazz favourites and self-penned originals with virtuosity, verve and panache recreating the excitement of Rive Gauche Paris.
Based in Glasgow, the quartet features award-winning violinist and “sophisticated songstress” Seonaid Aitken (who also plays with the Orchestra of Scottish Opera, the Tim Kliphuis Sextet, and presents BBC Radio Scotland’s ‘Jazz Nights at the Quay’), Scotland’s No.1 guitar maker Jimmy Moon on double bass, and Danny Kyle Award-winners Swing Guitars’ Tam Gallagher and Tom Watson on rhythm and solo guitars respectively.
Their collaboration with top Scottish saxophonist Konrad Wiszniewski and ‘string quartet to the stars’, the Capella String Quartet, led to the formation of ‘Rose Room’s Orchestre Fantastique’ which celebrates the vintage sound of the 1930s.
“Rose Room swing harder than an elm tree in a force nine English gale…” SHETLAND NEWS