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sweet chorus
Now celebrating it's 12th year together ,John Etheridge's Sweet Chorus was originally formed as a personal tribute by John to his mentor and inspiration Stephane Grappelli with whom he worked for 5 years in the 70's and early 80's.
Taking it's cue from the Hot Club of France - the legendary group that featured Grappelli and Django Reinhardt the band features John's dazzling guitar work and the scintillating violin of Chris Garrick. The relationship of these two has been described as one of the most potent in European jazz and backed up by the propulsive drive of Kelbie and Crowdy the band produces breathtaking sallies through repertoire both old and contemporary. A must for all fans of melodically based inspired, swinging acoustic jazz.

This year coincides with two anniversaries -- the Django centenary and Etheridge's own 40 years in music

PROMOTERS' QUOTES on 'Sweet Chorus'
"Absolute sell-out, great concert" Alan Hibbs, Waterman's Arts Centre, London

"Sold Out and wonderful music" Muriel Fairbairn, Huddersfield Jazz

"The guitarist John Etheridge - playing an acoustic instrument for once - was deftly brilliant throughout. His duet with the other guitarist was the highlight of the evening" THE TELEGRAPH, UK

"World class fretwork" GUITARIST MAGAZINE

"A virtuoso on acoustic and electric guitars" TIMEOUT LONDON, UK

"f John Etheridge weren't so brilliant he might be more famous" THE OBSERVER, UK

"An effortless display where warmth and passion are never allowed to be subordinated. Records like this are all too rare so miss it at your own risk" JAZZ REVIEW

"John Etheridge is one of our unsung national treasures – a man with staggering technical prowess but who understands that that prowess is nothing without the heart and soul which turns the notes into music" BIRMINGHAM POST, UK

"a death defying version of Coltrane's 'Giant Steps' that would cause most other guitarists to fall apart after the first chorus" THE OBSERVER, UK

"a small but beautifully formed band" THE SUNDAY TIMES, UK
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