The Hot Jazz Vagabonds

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This is our usual line-up: Airlie Scott- vocals, Shirley Smart- cello, Peter Michaels- guitar, David Ahmed- guitar, Alan Gibson- double bass. 

Book The Hot Jazz Vagabonds on Encore MusiciansEstablished London-based vagabond jazz musicians present a hot jazz sandwich of french chanson, gypsy jazz tunes, early vintage swing, Latin tunes and exciting originals.

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Jazz Vocalist Airlie plays regularly with her bands Pronto Swing and Pronto Jazz ( They recently had a successful run at the Edinburgh Fringe with their show “Swing from the Movies”. She sings regularly with various London based jazz combos including Minnie and the Moochers, the Mardi Gras Jazz Band, the Julian Cowie Quartet and others.

Cellist and composer, Shirley Smart is a jazz/world music specialist and has been described as “one of the best improvising cellists in the UK” (The JazzMann). She performs regularly with her own jazz trio, with her critically acclaimed world music band “Melange”, runs the “Beyond Cello” course for the London Cello Society and works in many other projects and as a session musician.

Peter Michaels has a unique performance style influenced by his classical and flamenco guitar training combined with contemporary and jazz influences. He is involved in a number of long-term projects featuring his compositions and arrangements, including London’s Brazilian Balkan band Pocket Caravan, North African/mediterranean band Melange, Bis-bas, the Matzoh Boys and Bhavini.

Guitarist David Ahmed plays in the Hotclub style of Django Reinhardt and the Gypsies,fiery and melodic. Emotionalism is the essence of his style; it is acoustic, aural and non-academic. A Londoner, David plays the Gypsy Jazz circuit, jazz clubs, swing dances and vintage