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, arranges/orchestrates for theatre, film and television including the BBC/Richard Curtis/Roald Dahl film ‘Esio Trot’, and is now a guest presenter on BBC Radio Scotland’s The Jazz House), Scotland’s No.1 guitar maker Jimmy Moon on double bass, and Danny Kyle Awardwinners Swing Guitars’ Tam Gallagher and Tom Watson on rhythm and solo guitars respectively. With three albums recorded to date – ‘The High Life’ (2015), ‘Am I Blue’ (2013) and ‘Somewhere In Roseland’ (2011) – Rose Room have headlined at all of the major Scottish jazz festivals, appeared at the celebrated Shetland Folk Festival, and toured Ireland performing at the Guinness Cork Jazz Festival. 2016 saw them collaborate with top Scottish saxophonist Konrad Wiszniewski and ‘string quartet to the stars’ the Capella String Quartet in a series of special concerts celebrating the vintage sound of the 1930s.
Rose Room were delighted to have been nominated for ‘Ensemble of the Year’ in the last ‘Scottish Jazz Awards’and are frequently played on BBC Radio Scotland’s ‘The Jazz House’ and Jazz FM. They are involved in teaching and fundraising for The Clutha Trust charity, and performed to Prince Charles and the Duchess of Cornwall in a special event alongside young musicians supported by the trust. Two of Rose Room’s tracks are also featured on The Clutha Sessions charity CD.
“The hottest ticket in Scotland right now!” JAZZ SCOTLAND
“As close to the sound of the great Stephane Grappelli as I think you’re going to
hear in Scotland” BBC RADIO SCOTLAND
“Rose Room swing harder than an elm tree in a force nine English gale…” SHETLAND NEWS
“Classy, very accomplished” THE HERALD
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