Rose Room at George Square, Spiegeltent opened the 2016 Edinburgh Jazz and Blues Festival in classic Gypsy Jazz style bringing to life once again the sounds of Stephane Grappelli and Django Reinhardt and filling the air with wonderful music to an appreciative audience in a packed Spiegeltent.
Rose Room are violinist and vocalist Seonaid Aitken, Jimmy Moon (double bass), Tam Gallagher (rhythm guitar) and Tom Watson (lead guitar) and together they seem to be able to perfectly capture those haunting Gypsy Jazz sounds of yesterday, not only bringing them back to life, but seamlessly introducing their own compositions into the set.
Tonight’s 90 minute set was a mixture of songs and music from their recent album “The High Life” (which we reviewed recently) , gypsy jazz standards and more classic jazz sounds.
The Spiegeltent with its vintage interior style setting was a perfect venue for Rose Room that allowed that wonderful vintage sounding voice of Seonaid and the classic music of the band to take us back into another time. Classic songs including “I’m Confessin’”, “Isn’t This a Lovely Day”, Django Reinhardt’s classic “Dark Eyes” and Charles Trenet’s “Menilmontant“ all fitted perfectly into place with new songs like “January Blue”.
Rose Room had two special guests on stage with them for this show...saxophonist Konrad Wiszniewski who as usual gave everyone a stunning display of his talents and how to fuse laid back gypsy jazz with more classic jazz sounds, and Capella String Quartet who as well as accompanying Rose Room all evening gave a solo performance with a beautiful classically infused version of “My Funny Valentine”.
Everyone on stage just seemed to be having so much fun playing music tonight, and bringing together the different styles of Rose Room, Konrad Wiszniewski, and Capella String Quartet was so obviously a pleasure for everyone involved. That sense of fun and pleasure at just playing the music was shared with the audience and returned with appreciative thanks by them with a standing ovation at the end of the show.
A great opening by talented musicians at the top of their game here to what promises to be a great 2016 festival of music
Our earlier review of Rose Room’s album “The High Life” can be read here
Further details on Rose Room available from
Konrad Wiszniewski is also playing on Saturday 16th July, as well as hosting on Sunday 17th July “Whigham's Sunday Jazz”. Further details are on our website and of course the EJBF website.
Review by Tom King