In the darkness of late winter,
In a shady watering hole South of the river, in Bristol…
North American chanteuse & purveyor of lyrical adventures, Katya Gorrie
And International guitar virtuoso Denny Ilett were having a quiet drink.
A good excuse to come in from the cold.
Through the door walked an old friend who also happens to be a fantastic jazz trumpeter.
The three of them found themselves chatting about the swing music of the 1930’s & 40’s, German Cabaret Songs, and the Parisian songwriters of the 50’s. An idea had started…
Not long after this fateful meeting, the three friends met a young classically trained accordionist from Poland, whose passion for French musette and Argentinian tango was infectious and inspiring. The four musicians started to create a small set of music derived from these ideas. Finally, long time comrade and exceptional double bassist Andy Crowdy was called in to complete the quintet, and Moscow Drug Club was formed.
Early gigs in the bars and clubs of Bristol provided evidence that Moscow Drug Club made a noise that made people happy….
“Moscow Drug Club….brilliantly rendered, crowd pleasing cabaret tuneage raised to the level of magnificence by virtuosic playing!”
“Moscow Drug Club played a beautiful set consisting of musical talent beyond technology, fx pedals and amp make, reminding us all of where music came from and what it is about.”
“Moscow Drug Club’s amazing talent left me and all of those around me baying for more…”
Since that time, they have continued to purvey their interpretations of highly fashionable gypsy swing and leftfield cult classics along side beautifully written original material that seem to be pleasing crowds and critics alike.
Although together for a relatively short period of time, Moscow Drug Club have played some great venues and festivals of note including: National Theatre London, Gossington International Gypsy Guitar Festival, WOMAD, Trowbridge Festival, Le Quecumbar, Marlborough Jazz festival,
Royal Albert Hall, Harbourside Festival, Dartmouth Festival, Larmer Tree Festival, St George’s Music Hall, Colston Hall, Birmingham Jazz Festival, Bristol International Jazz & Blues Festival, Twinwood Festival, & Bands In the Barn, to name a few.
Moscow Drug Club released their self-titled debut album, which received critical acclaim, and are currently touring the second album , MEGLIO STASERA, BABY!
Each member of Moscow Drug Club are experienced and talented in their own right, Katya Gorrie, is trained both in classical and jazz music as well as theatre and dance and has toured in Canada, the States and Europe.
Denny Ilett, is a renowned world class guitarist having spent many years touring with the ambassador of music from New Orleans, Lillian Boutte. He has composed and arranged music for his own big band and is a regular columnist for Guitarist magazine.
Andy Crowdy, has as a Masters in Music Composition and is one of the most in demand Double Bassist for some of Europe’s most renowned Gypsy Swing Guitarists such as, Lollo Meier, Angelo Debarre and John Etheridge.
Classically trained pianist, Mirek Salmon has his BMus from the University of Cardiff, has composed music for the British Film Institute and BBC television.
Ben Cummings has blown his trumpet with the likes of has played with the Pasadena Roof Orchestra, Jacqui Dankworth, Jamie Cullum, Humphrey Lytellton, Pete Allen and Snowboy and the Latin Section.
Jonny Bruce is a freelance trumpet player based in Bristol, UK. He trained classically by Paul Mayes and Andy Everton, and receiving further tuition in jazz from Steve Waterman. Jonny is a throwback to the pre-Miles styles of playing. In other words, he’s not Cool, he’s Hot! He draws from all the trumpeters from Louis Armstrong to Roy Eldridge and Clark Terry and he’s got the chops to do it.’
Moscow Drug Club 2013 Press Release – Click to download!
MDC PRESS RELEASE ’13
Reviews from London Jazz News…