En février 2019, six jeunes musiciens bruxellois s’envolent à la Nouvelle-Orléans. Fascinés par le Jazz des années '20 de Duke Ellington, Jelly Roll Morton ou encore Sidney Bechet ils se retrouvent très vite à partager avec les musiciens locaux dans les rues du French Quarter et les clubs de jazz de Frenchmen street. Invités à jouer à plusieurs reprises dans un club de la légendaire Bourbon street ils proposent à Leonie Evans, musicienne et chanteuse londonienne hors du commun, de partager la scène. Après cette rencontre autour de la voix de Leonie Evans et des musiciens bruxellois, les BLUE MOCKINGBIRDS voient le jour et ne se quittent plus.
They are fantastic! Mathieu Najean (saxophones), Timothé le Maire (trombone), Guillaume Gillain (guitar), Andrew Bolton (double bass) and Laurent Vigneron (drums) are five young musicians with overflowing energy who willingly share their passion for swing inspired by composers and musicians such as Jelly Roll Morton, Louis Armstrong, Duke Ellington, Sidney Bechet, Count Basie ...
Talented instrumentalists, they also feast their voices when they sing - in chorus or solos - in the style of Barber Shop (Mills Brothers).
Fully charged with an explosive and accurate sense of rhythm and melodies, they will enchant you with their music!
Listening to this album like discovering a great vinyl record you never knew existed. Except it's from today. Original compositions. Familiar, but fresh. Old, but new.
The "Mat Najean Jazz Band" was born in January 2019 in Paris. Surrounded by excellent swing musicians from the Paris jazz scene, Mathieu Najean wants to play his compositions. Through his music, always rooted in swing and blues, he wants to explore the different styles of swing: a rag like Jelly Roll Morton, a fantasy like Duke Ellington, a blues like Count Basie...
Reverent Juke is a badass and very versatile Swing Band that can go from early and New Orleans jazz, to the essence with hard swinging 30's style, all the way up to the swinging and bluesin' fifties.
With an explosive rhythm section built on the swinging drums of Tom Lambrecht, the bouncing bass and singing of Andrew Bolton and the wild stride of Renaud Crols, Reverent Juke sets the swing on fire with its three blowers, Martin Bolton on clarinet, Olivier Faber on trumpet and Mathieu Najean on reeds, blowing their horns on the fiery flames till they drop.