Inspired by 1930's Style Music of Guitarist Django Reinhardt
Alfonso Ponticelli & Swing Gitan
Performing at Millenium Park with Nicole Kestler
FOOT TAPPING SWING PLAYED ON ACOUSTIC INSTRUMENTS
It's a blend of the jubilant swing of early jazz with the feisty passion of gypsy music, plus a strong dose of guitar pyrotechnics and virtuosic improvisation.
FREQUENTLY SEEN AROUND CHICAGO
Green Mill and Pops for Champagne.
Chicago Cultural Center, Field Museum, Terra Museum of American Art, Chicago Jazz Festival and Chicago SummerDance Festival.
Swing Gitan was honored to have played at Millennium Park's Opening Night.
Voted "Best Jazz Band 2013" in the Chicago Reader poll.
"[ Alfonso Ponticelli ] achieved the airborne sense of swing, the outrageously swift tempos and the translucent ensemble sound that created the template for gypsy-tinged jazz. "Swing Gitan was playing at full force - powered by Ponticelli's unstoppable chordal backbeats - the art of gypsy jazz sounded bracingly
fresh and contemporary"
–Howard Reich, Chicago Tribune.
"A special treat...All four musicians soloed marvelously."
"Chicago's pied piper of gypsy jazz."
–Mel Bay Guitar Sessions
"it was clear from the opening number that this band knew this music inside and out and were comfortable enough with it to throw in a few tricks of their own."
–DjangoFest Northwest review