The Mardi Gras Band play every other Thursday at the Old White Swan Jazz night.
Between you and me, they are one of the best acts in the city. Their Jazz spans across many different genres and their extensive repetoir and utter enthusiasm for every piece make for a great show.
They play a magnitude of artists ranging from Charlie Parker, Duke Ellington or thought to Dixieland Armstrong.
All members of the band came from similar backgrounds in the arts and were drawn together in 1984 as the BBC radio York jazz band. They played on a bus that toured round Yorkshire stopping off across the county and playing their show. They have been together ever since and have been playing at the White Swan for sixteen years now, alternating weekly with another band as well as playing functions.
The music starts at nine; however if you want a seat you may have to get there early.
When the band begin to play they instantly have the entire room beaming back at them, with an audience ranging from students through to the folk who grew up with the music; remeniscing and re-living memories past. There are high levels of nostalgia, yet what strikes me most is the level of energy exuded.
I also can’t fault the level of musicianship displayed. They can seriously play… pulling out solos that show marks of true virtuoso, yet complimenting it with high level synchronicity. The band have great chemistry, intuition and can anticipate what each-other are doing at all times.
The night in general is really good fun. Everyone always has a great time and I always leave with a smile on my face.
So come on down to the Old White Swan tonight and treat yourself to a great night of some of the finest Jazz in York.