Gadjo Guitars is a guitar slinging, sophisticated, powerhouse trio from Sydney Australia.
The musicians are guitarists Nigel Date and Cameron Jones and double bassist Stan Valacos.
Between them they’ve racked up years of professional playing experience in Australia and worldwide.
The three come from diverse backgrounds but their shared love of swinging guitar brought them together.
Stan is the first choice bass player from any number of top jazz musicians throughout the country. He’s appeared at every major jazz festival in Australia on repeated occasions. He plays 7-string guitar in Brazilian music ensembles. He runs a studio. He’s one of the world’s funniest people and keeps time like an atomic clock.
Cameron is one of the hardest working guitarists around. He has a background in rock, blues and country. He’s recorded and performed with stacks of bands. Cameron can fly a plane, crack a safe, renovate your house and still have the energy to enchant a room with his sinuous snaky guitar lines and rocking rhythm playing.
Nigel has played 1000s of gigs. He’s made radio and TV appearances. He’s recorded, composed, performed, produced and engineered studio recording sessions too numerous to count. Recent recordings soon to be released include CD collaborations with people such as James Morrison, Tommy Emmanuel, his brother renowned jazz master Ian Date and a host of great Australian guitar players.
These three create an exciting atmosphere of incredible, wild and beautiful music. They write their own tunes. They can play just about any song from the massive jazz repertoire. Plus lots more besides. They are equally adept at entertaining a small intimate venue on an acoustic level to being main stage at a festival.
Gadjo Guitars has and can collaborate with any number of the best musicians around.
What people are saying about Gadjo Guitars
Robin Nolan – May 2015
“Gadjo Guitars can really swing and are masterfully representing Django’s music down under”
Private Party Duo Performance – May 2015
“We had the pleasure of having Nigel and Cameron play wonderful swing jazz on acoustic guitars at our party on Saturday and it provided the perfect ambiance, with just the right amount of rhythm to lift the mood, without overwhelming our apartment. The guys were brilliant, arrived early and played the whole night. I Highly recommend them.”
Live Review Lismore Jazz Club, Lismore Bowling Club – February 01, 2015
A packed house for the first gig of the year – and what an arvo of swingin’ 30s jazz romps,
romantic ballads injected with delicate solo performances by these classy virtuosi.
Lots of quips from Mr Date (“… when we arrived in Lismore and saw no one in the streets, we thought geez, this is gonna be shithouse…) had the audience in raptures before a string was plucked. Classic.
Their music moves, to quote Cameron Jones, from “bright and happy to dark and spooky”.
Bright and happy, yes, dark and spooky maybe, but in a mysterious blue-mood Parisian way,
and all wonderfully enjoyable and very easy to listen to. Even the jokes.
And the deserted streets of Lismore? Everybody was at the City Bowlo
Review of our album L’amour En Douce on John Hardakker’s Words About Music Blog
Alex & Val Meisch
Wedding September 2013
“My wife and I hired Gadjo Guitars 5 piece band to play at our wedding after hearing a demo of them playing at one of their Sydney gigs! When they turned up at the wedding we knew straight away we had made a brilliant choice, Cameron and the guys were so professional in their conduct, dress and also very importantly their respect of the ceremony going on at the time. They set up quickly and quietly, with plenty of time before they needed to start so they were 100% ready when we had planned for them to start playing. The music was just amazing, it was like having Django Reinhardt’s band playing for us, they progressed through tempo throughout the night seamlessly and worked their music in so well with the mood of our guests. By the end of the night the energy coming from the band was just amazing and everyone who attended the wedding just raved about how much they loved them! I would highly recommend these guys to anyone with a taste for Jazz or just an appreciation for incredible musicians! They set the most amazing mood and feeling at our wedding and I just cant offer enough thanks to the guys for putting on such a great show!”