JAZZ IN THE PARK


 

 

Presented by Friends of Bellevue Park and Wrexham CBC in association with North Wales Jazz

Friday 6 July / Dydd Gwener 6 Gorffennaf

BILLY THOMPSON

 GYSPY STYLE

BELLEVUE PARK, BRADLEY ROAD, WREXHAM, LL13 7TP

Commencing 7pm - Admission Free

  Relax to some great music. Why not bring a picnic!

This highly popular quartet, led by one of the UK’s leading jazz violinists, performs a mix of Hot Club numbers made famous by Stephane Grappelli and Django Reinhardt, fiery Hungarian tunes and gypsy anthems.

 

BILLY THOMPSON GYPSY STYLE

With ANDY MACKENZIE (guitar)

ERYL JONES (guitar/mandolin)

IVOR ALDRED (harmonica)

& NEIL BROWNING (bass)

BILLY THOMPSON Gypsy Style returns to Bellevue Park by popular demand to perform a very special mix of Hot Club numbers made famous by Stephane Grappelli and Django Reinhardt, plus fiery Hungarian tunes and Romany gypsy anthems.

A finalist in the UK’s Young Jazz Musician of the Year competitions in 1996 and

1998, jazz violinist Billy Thompson was promptly engaged by the compere,

Jules Holland, to perform with him at St David’s Hall, Cardiff, whilst among the

judges were Selena Jones, who invited him to appear on her next album, and

Barbara Thompson.

As a result, for several years Billy has been an integral member of seminal jazz/rock

outfit, “Barbara Thompson’s Paraphernalia”, with John Hiseman on drums. He has

also headlined twice at London’s Ronnie Scott’s, has toured Europe extensively, all

with Paraphernalia, featuring on five of the band’s albums and, in 2008, he performed

an extremely successful tour of Japan.

Performing in the gypsy jazz style, as he will be at Wrexham's Bellevue Park, Billy

has played with international guitarists Gary Potter, John Etheridge, Lollo Meier,

Andreas Oberg, Martin Taylor, Howard Alden and more. One of the highlights of his

career took place in July 2011 when Billy Thompson Gypsy Style, whose CD was

recorded live at North Wales Jazz’s Wrexham venue, played on the main stage at one

of the most prestigious gypsy music events in the world, the International Gypsy

Guitar Festival in Gossington, Gloucestershire.

 

To quote Jazz UK magazine,

“This violinist can really cut loose on a tune and tear up a performance,

or draw a kaleidoscope of expression from a chosen ballad”.

Billy is also well known in Wales for his work with Meic Stevens and with his gypsy

band the Amigos, performing and recording with both outfits since 1997. More

recently, he has featured on a brand new concept album by Manfred Mann, whilst his

original Welsh project, “Amledd”, co-written with singer/songwriter wife, Rhian,

was released to great acclaim.

Completing the line-up are ANDY MACKENZIE (guitar),

ERYL JONES (guitar/mandolin), IVOR ALDRED (harmonica)

and NEIL BROWNING (double bass).