September 24th, 2022
Gypsy jazz or ‘jazz manouche’ is a style of swing music that emerged in the 1930s in France. Its inception is attributed to jazz pioneer and guitar legend Django Reinhardt along with French swing violinist Stéphane Grappelli.
The Joey Sharma Band is a gypsy jazz trio based in Bangalore, taking forward Django’s approach to jazz. Their driving acoustic sound combines virtuostic skill, joyous up-tempo swing and slow burning ballads into an immersive experience like no other.
JOEY SHARMA (guitar)
hails from Nagaland and has made a mark on the Bangalore music circuit by winning The All India Fingerstyle Competition 2016. He is also part of the band Django Twins which has played all over the country in the past four years.
SAMMY DAVID (guitar)
has been active on the Bangalore music scene for some time, performing guitar duties for bands like Blues Before Sunrise and Polly Wants a Cracker.
HARIPRIYA NARASIMHAN (bass)
started her journey in music with vocal and violin lessons. Several years later she chanced upon the electric bass, and there was no looking back. She has played with various groups like The Radha Thomas Ensemble, RiOT, Bangalore Broadway Company and Aman Mahajan Trio, pushing her bass playing boundaries and exploring the musical spectrum. Jazz fascinates her with its intellectual and emotional depth, coupled with its freedom of expression.