Headed by Parisian jazz singer Carolyn Saint-Pé and composed of accordion, clarinet, guitar and double bass, The Sparrows of Paris bring you the french chansons of the beginning of the twentieth century (Edith Piaf, Fréhel, Mistinguett, Arletty, Lucienne Delyle, Lucienne Boyer and many more) and the authentic jazz-musette of the 1930s and 40s. The Sparrows of Paris continue the tradition of the bals musette, the popular social dances of the 1920s to 1940s with dances such as valses musette, javas, tangos and foxtrots.
New Gypsy Jazz Set
The Sparrows of Paris now offer a french style gypsy jazz set with either vocals, accordion, guitar and double bass or vocals, two guitars and double bass with the addition of the clarinet if required.
The best of Django Reinhardt and 1930s gypsy jazz music to bring a jazzy french feel to your event.
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"London now comes just after Bordeaux in terms of numbers of its urban French population, so it’s perhaps no great surprise to hear an Anglo-French group purveying authentic-sounding popular music from an era of berets, bars and bals musettes. Their admirably retro expatriate chanteuse, Carolyn Saint-Pé, is backed by four British sparrows on accordion (naturally), clarinet, acoustic guitar and double bass. Together they serve up eight morsels at a pace jaunty enough to propel the once slightly risqué close-physical Java dance that is helping to rekindle the popularity of the musette today. Two of the six vintage chansons, ‘La Java de Cézigue’ and ‘J’suis Mordue’, were once sung by the original ‘Little Sparrow’ herself, Edith Piaf. The two remaining numbers, ‘Chez Raymond’ and the playful ‘Brexzut!’, were composed by the band and speak of the modern-day ex-pat experience. It’s a somewhat brief taste of a bygone age, but The Sparrows of Paris do it with affection, brio and enough French polish to appeal to fans of a genre that once was lost, but now seems found. If you’re based in London, be sure to catch them live and have a yourself a ‘bal.’"
issue 133 - 2017
“Even with the Thames and London Eye providing the ever-so-Anglophone backdrop, Les Moineaux de Paris, with their French java and bal-musette, will immediately transport you back to Paris in the 1920s…. For any Francophiles wanting to discover French culture or French expats wanting to feel closer to their roots, a song and a dance with Les Moineaux de Paris is a great way to French-ify your life!“
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