Current ‘Best Band’ winner at the Scottish Jazz Awards, Rose Room have become one of Scotland’s leading ensembles influenced by the Gypsy Jazz genre. Sharing a love of Swing music and the style of the great Django Reinhardt and Stephane Grappelli, their “vigorous and vivacious” performances go “down a storm” with any audience as they serve up their 1930s ‘Hot Club’ standards, Gypsy Jazz favourites and self-penned originals with virtuosity, verve and panache recreating the excitement of Rive Gauche Paris.
Now in their second decade, the quartet is based in Glasgow and is fronted by award-winning virtuoso violinist and “sophisticated songstress” Seonaid Aitken who was voted Scottish Jazz Awards ‘Best Vocalist’ in 2017 & 2018 and is presenter of BBC Radio Scotland’s ‘Jazz Nights’ and a regular tutor at the Grappelli-Django Camp in The Netherlands.
Scotland’s No.1 guitar maker, Jimmy Moon of ‘Moon Guitars’, features on double bass with Celtic Connections’ Danny Kyle Award-winner Tam Gallagher on rhythm guitar.
The new addition to the band, and kicking off Rose Room’s second decade in style, is an exceptional talent from Glasgow’s Southside; solo guitarist Conor Smith.
With three albums recorded to date – ‘The High Life’ (2015), ‘Am I Blue’ (2013) and ‘Somewhere In Roseland’ (2011) – Rose Room have headlined all of the major Scottish jazz festivals, appeared at the celebrated Shetland Folk Festival and toured Ireland performing at the Guinness Cork Jazz Festival. Their collaboration with
top Scottish saxophonist Konrad Wiszniewski and ‘string quartet to the stars’ - the Capella String Quartet - led to the formation of ‘Rose Room Orchestra Fantastique' - a 9-piece ensemble which celebrates the vintage sound of the 1930s.
Rose Room were delighted to have been voted ‘Best Band’ in the Scottish Jazz Awards 2018 and 2021 and have been played on Jazz FM, BBC Radio Scotland and BBC Radio Ulster. They have performed with world-famous virtuoso jazz guitarist Martin Taylor, jazz violinist Christian Garrick and German Gypsy Jazz star Joscho Stephan among others, and two of Rose Room’s tracks are featured on The Clutha Sessions charity CD released by the Clutha Trust.
“Classy vintage swing and gypsy jazz played by a band that combines brilliant musicianship and warm personality”
“As close to the sound of the great Stephane Grappelli as I think you’re going to hear in Scotland”
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“Rose Room swing harder than an elm tree in a force nine English gale…”
Phone: 07854 596228 (Jimmy Moon)