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Flamingo Swing

Helen Jayne (violin) met her first violin teacher at the age of 4.  She later studied at the Royal Scottish Conservatoire in Glasgow and continued to work with a variety of classical ensembles. Some years later, while living in the South of France, she first heard the music of the Sinti & Romany Gypsies and the Hot Club music of Django Reinhardt and Stephane Grappelli. More recently she has played with the Hot Club of Glasgow, the Hot Club of Edinburgh and the Paul Paterson Trio and will be appearing with Alison Affleck in 'A Krewe of Muses' to celebrate International Women's Day. An experienced performer, she has appeared in many festivals across the UK and Europe and recorded in a variety of musical genres. In the Fall of 2017, with 'a little more Gypsy than Jazz', she created 'Flamingo Swing'.

Charlotte Paterson (double bass) completes the Flamingo Swing quartet with her authentic acoustic bass playing. Such is her passion and skill for the instrument she was asked to record professionally after only having been learning bass for a year. She loves playing the Django style of Gypsy Swing and within that wide spectrum, has a particular leaning towards the Gypsy feel.As well as performing with the Paul Paterson Trio, she is resident double bass player for the Hot Club of Edinburgh, and deps for Viper Swing.

Paul Paterson (guitar) has played professional guitar all over the world, from Las Vegas to Moscow. His music has featured in movies, on TV and on Radio and he has over 30 albums to his credit in a variety of musical styles.

For the past 5 years he has specialised in the Jazz Manouche guitar style, created by Django Reinhardt.

As well as establishing the Hot Club of Edinburgh, Paul also performs with his own band - The Paul Paterson Trio as well as Viper Swing.

Graham Pointer (guitar) started gigging regularly in London during the heyday of pub gigs and small clubs in 1977. Inspired by early American music styles he wore out many LP's listening, learning and infusing his playing with the swing and feel of favourite players. 

After working as a sideman with many bands, Graham finally settled in Glasgow and was invited to the inaugural sessions for the Hot Club Of Glasgow and the sessions with the Hot Club of Edinburgh.

Graham’s current gigging life includes Flamingo Swing, the Paul Paterson Trio and Le Jazz Band.