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Javier Jimenez and Steve Gardner teach music in San Rafael at The Roots Music School.
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Beso Negro has an all-star lineup of internationally experienced musicians who have brought drive and passion to Gypsy Swing. The love for tradition has collided with a modern sensibility and has transformed the genre into a vibrant new beast. Darker, faster, more danceable, more blues, more Gypsy, Beso Negro's indelible fingerprint brings Jazz Manouche to a new generation and to the 21st century.
Javier Jimenez of Madrid adroitly conjures the ghost of Django with his phenomenal guitar playing. Adam Roach's vocals are singular, soulful and penetrating. Steve Gardner's fiddle playing is fluid and dark. Cheyenne's Bass locks with Ethan Turner's percussion, driving the beat hard. One night with Beso Negro and you will understand what is means to get the "Black Kiss".
Adam Roach - GUITAR/VOCALS - studied guitar with Grammy winner Red Volkaert who is widely considered among the best living guitar players and with Dave Biller. He played for Country legend Dale Watson, Toured extensively throughout Europe and America and even did one tour of Iraq for the USO. He cut his teeth on the guitar while founding the Darktown Rounders. He has had multiple performances at the Grand Old Opry. Adam has been gifted with a voice that few people can believe comes from him, evoking a delta bluesman more than an Irishman from California. He sites Louis Armstrong as his personal messiah.
Javier Jimenez - GUITAR - left his home in Madrid, Spain to be part of Beso Negro. He studied at the Liceo L'aula, the Berkeley School of Music affiliate in Barcelona. His mentor was Manouche legend Diego Araoz of Baxtalo Drom. His phenomenal technique and style evoke the master, Django Rhienhardt.
Steve Gardner - VIOLIN - studied at San Francisco State University under Paul Yarbrough on the Viola and at The Aaron Copeland School of Music in New York under Danny Phillips. His current violin teacher is 2 time grammy winner Evan Price (Hot Club of San Francisco, Turtle Island String Quartet). Steve has been a guest performer with Grammy winners Blues Traveler at Red Rocks Amphitheater, The Popper Project with DJ Logic, Toured Europe and America with Country diva Danni Leigh, Performed and recorded with Counrty Blues outfit The Darktown Rounders. Steve has worked as a studio musician in the SF area for many years, including recording for Grammy winning producer Bobby Ozuna. He is the founder and Artistic Director of Roots Music Marin, a non profit folk music school. Steve has performed the National Anthem for the SF Giants 3 times. He has spent the last 10 years recording and performing in America and Europe with Culann's Hounds.
Cheyenne Young - UPRIGHT ELECTRIC and WASH-TUB BASS - was literally born on tour. He started playing Bass at age 9. His Father, Seminal folk rock Icon Jesse Colin Young from the YoungBloods, had him on stage playing gigs at 12 years old. At age 16, he attended the Bass Institute in Los Angeles. Cheyenne is an intuitive player with a warm natural feel.
Top 10 performances Outside Lands 2012
Guitar World Magazine
Best Gypsy Guitars (top 10 performances) South by South West 2012
The Bar Napkin Review
Beso Negro February 26, 2012
Tom Crosthwaite, Publisher www.BestNewBands.com
"Someone on Facebook turned me on to you guys. I visited your site was blown away. So, I put together a preview piece, introducing the band and linking to your Desde Alli video. I hope you get some more fans out of it. You're on our home page, in the Preview section. Keep doing what you're doing."
Carolyn McCoy, writer at Moonmama Rocks! www.moonmamarocks.blogspot.com
"One might think that the eclectic genre of “Gypsy Jazz” died with Django Reinhardt back in the early 1950’s, but that is not the case. With Beso Negro, not only is that genre alive and kicking, it is being embraced in the 21st century by the tattooed, pierced and Uber-Hip swing crowd as a form of music that begs the hipster's hips to swivel to it."
Balla Fiya, San Sisters Burlesque
"If they don't make you dance, check your heartbeat."
George Cole (George Cole Quintett)
3 vocal mics across the front. XLRs for 3 DIs (we bring DIs) line for bass amp. mics for drum kit.