James V. Masanotti, violin

James V. Masanotti, violin

Alejandro Zapata, guitar

Alejandro Zapata, guitar

Ivan Alvarado, guitar

Ivan Alvarado, guitar

Juan Rangel, guitar

Juan Rangel, guitar

Kevin Ray, bass

Kevin Ray, bass

Vocals: Alejandro, James, & Juan

Vocals: Alejandro, James, & Juan

 

MUSIC

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Shop

We are proud to present our debut album Sunshine on Bastrop for your listening pleasure!

Want to purchase our album or get your hands on some Bayou City Merch? Click the button below to can visit our Bandcamp page for all your purchasing needs.

 

UPCOMING SHOWS

Stay up to date on Bayou City Swing's upcoming shows by following us on Facebook! You can also find videos of our past shows and rehearsals. Want to book us for your event? Click here to contact us!

ABOUT

Picture yourself in a smoky, dimly lit nightclub in the Montparnasse district of pre-war Paris. The area around the small stage is packed with the artists, writers, aristocrats, and criminals that haunt the darker parts of the City of Light. A band comes out from behind the velvet curtain and begins to play in the soft glow of the stage lights… 

The music you imagined is what you will hear at a Bayou City Swing show. The band plays in the style of the 'Quintette du Hot Club de France,' a pioneering jazz ensemble founded in 1934 by guitarist Django Reinhardt and violinist Stephane Grappelli. 
 
Bayou City Swing carries on the great tradition of these artists’ musical style - a genre which came to be known by many names: hot jazz, jazz Manouche, continental jazz, guitar jazz, and many more. Like Reinhardt and Grappelli before them; the group adapts standards from the jazz, blues, and American Songbook repertoire to this unique musical idiom.
 
The band’s repertoire also draws inspiration from the varied backgrounds and creativity of its musicians. At their shows, it's not unusual to hear arrangements of traditional folk songs, contemporary popular music, classical compositions, and original compositions by band members.

This is a very special kind of music which combines infectious swing rhythms and jazz harmonies with acrobatic and passionate solo improvisations. There is a reason this genre has persisted for over eighty years: it compels you to move!

 

Bayou City Swing seeks to share their love of this music with you, bringing hot jazz to Houston, Texas, and beyond.
 

 

Endorsements

Juan Rangel plays Optima Strings

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Contact

Bayou City Swing

PO Box 66730

Houston, TX 77266

Booking (Alex Zapata):

(832) 715-7861

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Ivan Alvarado, guitar