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Swing Noire


Saturday, November 8th at 7:30pm

Join us on November 8th as we present Swing Noire, Vermont's acoustic Hot Club style quartet. Swing Noire invokes the energy of a swinging 1930s jazz club and transports audiences back to the early days of jazz with their unique take on Hot Swing in the spirit of Django Reinhardt and Stephane Grappelli. Their music “will entrance and surprise you”.

Dan Bolles of Seven Days says "The Reinhardt acolytes genuinely channel American Hot Jazz, evoking images of smoky basement speakeasies and slinky cabarets." The band features David Gusakov on violin, twins Rob and Jim McCuen on solo guitar and double bass and rhythm guitarist Jim Stout.

David Gusakov, violinist, first played western swing with the group Pine Island in the 1970s. He moved on in the 80s and 90s to play with Swing Shift and then hooked into his favorite Parisian swing with the Will Patten Ensemble.

Rob McCuen, guitarist, began playing guitar at age 14 and while in college began delving into jazz. McCuen has played with T. Hatch, the Fairy Gangstas and Wiley Dobbs, playing everything from bluegrass to jazz to hip-hop along the way.

Jim McCuen, double bass, was a member of the Upstate New York jam band Conehead Buddha in the early nineties, touring extensively and sharing the stage with the likes of Rusted Root and the Mighty Mighty Bosstones. McCuen moved musically in a different direction upon his departure to Colorado where he played upright bass (bluegrass and jazz) throughout Colorado and New Mexico. In 2000, he moved back East to join his brother in the newgrass/jazz group, Wiley Dobbs.

Jim Stout relocated to Vermont from New York City, where he honed his diverse musical skills (jazz, blues, R&B, rock, rockabilly) working with musicians ranging from Johnny Thunders to Eugene Pitt and The Jive Five, and previously with Philadelphia's legendary John Cadillac Band and Robert Hazard. Capturing the spirit of the great swing improvisers, Stout's playing is melodic and lyrical with well developed phrasing and sensitivity.

Swing Noire has performed at the Burlington Discover Jazz Festival, Burlington's First Night Celebration, Middlebury Town Hall Theater and numerous venues throughout New England.

Tickets are $15 with a pre-concert dinner available for an additional $20. Reservations are recommended for the show and required for dinner. Venue is BYOB. Call (802) 465-4071 or e-mail us for reservations or more information.


Phone: 802-247-4295