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Gypsy Jazz Band Bonaventure Quartet Plays the MJCCA Sunday

2015 January 23

The Bonaventure Quartet, which plays at the MJCCA Sunday,  began as an acoustic trio obsessed with the music of Django Reinhardt. When Charles Williams began writing songs in the gypsy jazz style of Django, mixed in with contemporary influences like Leonard Cohen and Tom Waits, the band began to have it’s own unique flavor. Creative Loafing named their CD, The Secret Seduction of the Grand Pompadour “…one of the ‘Best 100 Albums from Atlanta in the first decade of the new millennium’”.

 The Bonaventure Quartet has been performing around Atlanta since 2000 and has recorded four CDs in all: Blue Rendezvous, Songs from Trattoria de Cellina, The Secret Seduction of the Grand Pompadourand their latest, Lost and Found at the Clermont Lounge. In concert, the lineup ranges from four players all the way up to nine. For this performance, the Quartet will feature Amy Pike on vocals, Charles Williams and Dan Coy on guitars, Don Erdman on clarinet and sax, Mark Bynum on bass and Gabe Grantiz on accordion.

AJC said of the Bonaventure Quartet, “With the sultry, silky voice of former Lost Continentals’ Amy Pike and the gypsy jazz guitar of Charles Williams, Bonaventure is a marvelous melting pot. They add Southern sass to the smoky jazz of Parisian cabarets…”

The Bonaventure Quartet plays Sunday, Jan. 25 from 7:30 to 9:30 p.m. at MJCCA-Zaban Park.

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