Join us on a century-long journey from 1920s Paris through New York and Latin America to jazz guitar music contemporary performed by these virtuosos from Sweden, France, Germany and Switzerland. The focus is of course on the music written by guitar legend Django Reinhardt!

Swing 23 comprises two women and two men: a rare mix in jazz that creates a rich symbiosis in a well-balanced quartet where harmony, mutual respect, and good humor serve the music. These four enjoy playing together, and it shows!

Swing 23 also spans four countries: enriched by their origins (France, Sweden, Switzerland, Germany) and their international careers, these dazzling virtuosos take us on a journey from Paris to New York, from the gypsy swing of Django Reinhardt and Stéphane Grappelli (Minor Swing, Nuages, Swing 42…) to the New York jazz of the 1920s to 1940s with classics like How High The Moon, My Blue Heaven, and even Charlie Parker’s Yardbird Suite. Far from simply reproducing a repertoire, each member brings their story and influences into masterful and innovative improvisations, refreshing the style with each piece—a very contemporary jazz. You leave their performance uplifted with good cheer and a desire to dance, ears full of delightful notes!

Swing 23 features the radiant Eva Slongo (violin), the cheerful Julia Hornung (double bass), the expressive Gustav Lundgren (guitar), and the playful Edouard Pennes (guitar).

A classical concert violinist, Eva Slongo trained in jazz under Pierre Blanchard and improvisation by Didier Lockwood, following in the footsteps of Stéphane Grappelli, then developed her own style with Biréli Lagrène, Ninine Garcia, Sébastien Giniaux, Giovanni Mirabassi, and many others across Europe and the USA. A stunning virtuoso, she constantly pushes the limits of jazz violin in her energetic and inventive solos.

Julia Hornung is a central figure in the revival of gypsy jazz in Germany, participating in several bands. She is also very active on the Munich indie pop scene. With these varied influences, she brings a light and joyful swing to the group. Her melodious and clear improvisations, which mask the technical difficulties of the double bass with great ease, bring a refreshing energy to her partners and the audience.

With 900 recorded tracks and 100 million streams to his credit, Gustav Lundgren founded the Hot Club of Sweden and crossed paths with musicians of the caliber of Chris Cheek, Jorge Rossy, Jimmy Rosenberg, Anne Sofie von Otter, with whom, among others, he has performed in 27 countries. Recognized by his peers (Scofield, Stern, Benson), a worthy emulator of Django Reinhardt, he is also a guitarist very anchored in current jazz, a New York trend like Lage Lund or Yotam Silberstein. In his solos within Swing 23, we feel all these influences intertwining; the result is very beautiful and very innovative. Gustav is also an incomparable stage artist who reacts live to the solos of his friends, gives energy to the group, revives the audience; with him there is always something going on.

Classically trained and introduced to jazz with Serge Krief, Stéphane Guéry and Pierre Cullaz, Edouard Pennes is an essential guitarist on the French jazz scene, where he rubbed shoulders with Tchavolo Schmitt, Angelo Debarre, Adrien Moignard, Sébastien Giniaux & Bastien Ribot and many others. Numerous projects have taken him all over the world, Europe, USA, Japan, China… With his very playful, even playful style, Edouard shines with his virtuosity and inventiveness in his solos. You would think that he has already said everything about this or that piece but he always manages to surprise us. Within the group, he is constantly in visual or auditory contact with each of the other musicians and in turn supports them, carries them, pushes them, even challenges them to shine better, always with kindness.

With Swing 23, these four outstanding musicians undoubtedly form one of the best swing jazz groups on the current scene.