Hai la Drum

Hai la Drum


Romanian gypsy and folk music mixed with improvisation and played in a Hot club/gypsy style. Quartet led by Romanian gypsy violinist backed by an essentially British band. International line up and outlook, base in Southern England and Romania (Europe).


BAZ STANESCU. VIOLIN Born somewhere near Bucharest between 1955 and 1960, Baz
comes from a musical dynasty and can trace his musician ancestors back 450
years. Baz is a living representation of the training undergone by
Romanian musicians during the years of gypsy slavery `(pre 19th century), a
remarkable tradition that has been passed down for many generations. His phenomenal style of playing combines a powerful conservatoire technique with
genuine gypsy style swing, exceptional stamina and extraordinary commitment.
Baz has resided for long periods in many European countries including the UK
and in North Africa. Currently based in Bucharest, Romania.

JONNY HEPBIR. GUITAR Born 1964 in Turkey of Turkish and Irish parents Jonny’s family eventually settled in southern England when Jonny was a teenager. For over ten
years Jonny has developed a profile in the UK gypsy jazz scene and is now recognised as one of the top guitarists in this style in the UK, giving many
workshops and performances. He has played with Bireli Larene, Colin Cosimini,
Tim Kliphuis and released his own album on US label “ Refined “ records,
featuring Robin Nolan and Baz Stanescu, in 1997.

PETE WATSON . ACCORDION A Londoner with family roots that can be traced back to Moldova/Ukraine in the early 1800s, born in 1963. An accordionist known for his balkan-influenced accordion style and compositions. He has performed or
recorded with Gilad Atzmon, Balkanatics, Laxula, and Tim Kliphuis. In 2002 he
was one of the directors of the “festival of Romanian music” held at the Union
Chapel, Islington and he has worked for the London-based jazz collective “Jazz Umbrella”.

DAN SHEPPARD . DOUBLE BASS Graduate of Chichester Music College and one of the most in demand musicians in the city of Brighton known for his impressive technical command of the double bass. Played with many different musicians and genres
of music recently with Jimmy Scott at Ronnie Scott’s London.


Demo CD Work in progress 2007

Set List

Ciocarlia; Daphne; Captain of the county; Geamparale; Hai la Drum; Puttin on the Ritz; Scythe Hora; Rhythms gitans; How high the moon; cherokee; Zita/Libertango (A.Piazzolla); for example. Most concerts are up to 2 x 1 hour sets.