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Gypsy jazz at Sportsmens from Ameranouche

Before listening to New Hampshire band Ameranouche—pronounced uh-MARE-uh-noosh—I wouldn’t have been able to tell you what “gypsy jazz” is. (I’ve run across the name of acclaimed Buffalo band Babik, but have never heard them.) Popping in the group's CD for the first time, I began to wonder—would this be the kind of smooth jazz music I hear at the doctor’s office?

Far from it. What came out of my speakers surprised me. The music flowed with vibrant energy, fueled by rapid guitar playing, and vivacious melodies. Pumping rhythms and energy filled my earphones, and took me on a real New Orleans-style adventure

It was also surprising that such rhythmic sound would come from just three men—Richard “Shepp” Sheppard on solo guitar, Zach Person on rhythm guitar, and Steve Gibson on upright bass. Ameranouche’s list of accomplishments includes winning Best of New Hampshire awards and performing at Newport Jazz Festival. As the group's latest album Des Histories Simples indicates, this is a band on the rise.

Ameranouche will perform at Sportsmans Tavern on Monday, September 19 from 6 to 8:30 p.m. It should be a must-see for Babik and gypsy jazz proponents, and for lovers of unique music, period.

For more information on the band, visit ameranouche.com.

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