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Sunday Lunch - Simians of Swing

20nov12:00 pm4:30 pmSunday Lunch - Simians of Swing

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The Simians of Swing are no ordinary jazz group; they are story tellers in the great comic book tradition. Each number during the performance is a soundtrack to a hero or villain; some of the characters are good, most are bad … but all are legends with tales of revenge, tragedy and romance. Set in a post-apocalyptic world the Simians narrate their stories through the medium of jazz. As part of EFG London Jazz Festival 2016.

As for the Simians themselves, they are led by two urban warriors: Andy ‘Monkey’ Davies and Lorenzo ‘Lama” Bassignani.

Based in London, ‘Monkey’ is a trumpet player who dabbles in the magical American art form of Bebop. He also possesses deadly martial art skills, acquired while working for the Russian mafia back in the Cold War. Deadly with a trumpet, it is said he once kayoed a man out with a rendition of Charlie Parker’s ‘Confirmation’. The chump still hasn’t got up.

‘Lama’ is a bass player by night. By day he is one of the most deadly Cosa Nostra assassins. His nickname ‘Lama’, which translates as ‘blade’, comes from an uncanny ability to eliminate with the knife whilst comping in the rhythm section. No one knows much about him; it’s better not to.

Their band of mercenaries this evening at the Hideaway are the beautiful but deadly songstress, Sara Dowling, keyboard wizard, Sam Leak, man with the guitar, Ant Law, and the rhythm machine, Saleem Raman on drums.

This gig is not for the faint hearted; eleven villainous tales of the macabre. If you make it to the end …and that’s a big ‘if’ …we hope you’ve enjoyed it.


Price £



November 20, 2016 12:00 pm - 4:30 pm(GMT+01:00)

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