Jazz that grew from campfires to concerts
It’s an exotic jazz style in a genre of its own. ‘Manouche’ is the beautiful French word meaning ‘gypsy’. Break down ‘OzManouche’ and you’ve got it—Australian Gypsy Jazz.
Django Reinhardt, its founder from way back in the 1930s, was from the Manouche clan of French travellers. Sitting around a fire with guitar, violins and maybe the odd accordion, they created a new jazz style that had no piano or drums, but ‘hot’ guitar with percussive rhythm.
Trending with today’s thriving European jazz manouche scene, OzManouche captures the hearts of young and old with its spontaneity and spark. Flavours of music from the cobbled streets of Paris and rural France fill Brisbane Jazz Club. The energy of manouche jazz pulses through fingers on guitars, violin bows and on to a knee-slapping audience.
Its popularity had grown since it started in 2005. Tickets have sold out in recent years.
In November each year, this four-day festival brings you riveting rhythm, melody and improvisation.
- Top international guests perform two sets each evening, with a third jam session
- Instrument-specific workshops add spark to your skills.
- Open jam sessions go all weekend on the club’s river deck. Hang out, learn, share, laugh, and meet like-minded musicians from all over Australia.
The spontaneity of this style means you never know exactly what you’re going to get.
But it’s always pure, honest music filled with zest and flair.