Danzon – The Early Jazz Guitar Duo

Before Django Reinhardt, there was Carl Kress, Dick McDonough and the peerless ‘Father of Jazz Guitar’, Eddie Lang.

Danzon are a guitar duo based in London playing the work of the great 1930s-40s jazz and blues guitarists Eddie Lang, Carl Kress, Dick McDonough, George Barnes, and Lonnie Johnson.

More than 80 years after this crucial time in the development of jazz guitar, Danzon are rediscovering and reinvigorating this forgotten art form with newly transcribed interpretations of the original recordings. Though Danzon tip a respectful hat to the performance style of this bygone era, they inject their own energy into the music by staying true to the everlasting mission statement of all jazz music, improvisation.

Danzon are Jonny McCourt and Ramon Goose

“Ramon and Jonny’s obvious enthusiasm and knowledge of early jazz guitar was matched by their exquisite playing. Not often that two instrumentalists can ‘hold’ a crowd. We’d love to have them back.”

– Upton Jazz Festival

“Danzon put smiles on everyone’s faces with a set that combined out-and-out virtuosity with gentler ballads. Their introductions to the pieces, and to the world of early guitar jazz, managed to be informative and entertaining at the same time.  A most enjoyable performance – Hot Fingers indeed!”

– Marlow Jazz Club

Danzon performing Stagefright, originally recorded by Carl Kress and Dick McDonough as an A-side on January 30th, 1934!

Here’s Danzon playing our moniker song ‘Danzon’, originally recorded by Carl Kress and Dick McDonough as a B-side on January 31st, 1934!

Pickin’ My Way live at Upton Jazz Festival

Danzon performing Feelin’ My Way, originally recorded by Eddie Lang and Carl Kress in 1933!

 

Chicken A La Swing at Marlow Jazz Club, 1st July 2018.

Danzon performing Danzon at Dakota Joe’s Old Time Jazz Revue

 

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