Autumn Jazz with Bon Accord 18th Oct 2020


A Gypsy Jazz band with a difference.

We are inspired by the music of Django Reinhardt and Stephane Grappelli’s Quintet of the Hot Club of France. Most Gypsy Jazz bands today consist entirely of stringed instruments.  Django, however, also recorded with accordionist Gus Viseur.  Our trio follows this lead with a line-up of accordion, guitar and double bass. Combining influences from our varied musical backgrounds, we perform both well-known and more contemporary Gypsy Jazz numbers plus French and Latin pieces.



Richard Adey -Accordion

Richard is a professional accordionist/arranger: he performed on stage for two years with the Royal Shakespeare Company (Stratford-Upon-Avon and on tour), at the London Barbican Centre, the Kennedy Center Washington DC, the Brooklyn Academy of Music New York; at the Edinburgh Fringe in an acclaimed production of Pam Gems, Piaf (Troika Productions); He was pleased in March 2013 to play at “Piaf -The Concert” joining The Matthew Jones Orchestra at venues including: Birmingham Town Hall; Queen Elizabeth Hall, Southbank Centre, London.

Mike Bethel – Guitar

Mike is a guitarist and teacher who, having worked in a solo classical idiom, has found himself performing in various different groups and genres.  He has also recorded three well-received solo albums.

Simon Smith – Bass

Simon is a bass player with much experience in a wide variety of music genres. He has spent time working in the USA as a session musician for many artists including the Tony Award winner, Idina Menzel. He currently plays with a number of folk and jazz groups at venues and festivals throughout the UK and Europe.

Event Details

Date: October 18, 2020

Start time: 18:00

End time: 23:59

Venue: Akamba, Tythe Barn Ln, Shirley, Solihull B90 1PH


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