BONJOUR MESDAMES & MESSIEURS
Benoit Viellefon, French singer and guitarist, is fronting two of the leading vintage dance music ensembles at work in Europe today. Leading both ensembles in a manner reminiscent of Duke Ellington, Cab Calloway and Charles Trenet at the very height of their popularity, Benoit has brought together a cast of the UK’s finest musical entertainers.
His Orchestra continues to be in demand for major cultural events and concert hall performances, including headline slots at Glastonbury’s Jazz Stage (as they did in 2011), the Rhythm Riot Festival, regular appearances at the Royal Albert Hall, 2011’s Royal Wedding and a host of European tours.
Benoit is also proud to be able to bring you his all-acoustic Hot-Club ensemble as an intimate alternative for smaller venues and private parties, presenting the best of gypsy-jazz, French musettes, as well as those timeless melodies from the pens of the master songwriters of the 1920-1930's.
Monsieur Viellefon’s Orchestra and Hot-Club ensembles are the hottest live outfits for all those who revel in the nostalgia and elegance of a by-gone era, with a repertoire consisting of the most beautiful and uplifting songs from the 1920s, 1930s and 1940s and originals in the same classic style.
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"...swinging fast … an authentic wall of sound … romantic and distinctly Parisian angle …quite striking and perfect, it all felt rather filmic ...Latin/swing dexterity ...the rhythms were tight and hot. Benoit Viellefon and His Orchestra definitely reside within the cabaret
end of jazz but their combined individual skill almost makes them a crossover ensemble."
- Jeanie Barton - London Jazz
"...Benoit Viellefon, a 36-year-old musician who regularly attracts more than 250 dapper vintage enthusiasts to his midweek swing nights."
- Jane Mulkerrins. - The Times
"...Something very beautiful: Benoit Viellefon and his Orchestra combine French chanson, musette with swing. A very addictive mixture. "
- Nathan Nörgel - Wasser-Prada (Germany)
"...If you missed Benoit Viellefon’s festival show, you missed a treat. - We’d all be much happier if Benoit’s music was the soundtrack to our lives."
- Lauren Rodgers - Norfolk Norwich Festival 2011 - EDP24.co.uk