John Etheridge’s Sweet Chorus


John Etheridge guitars
Christian Garrick violin
Dave Kelbie rhythm guitar
Andy Crowdy double bass

Formed 20 years ago, by legendary guitarist John Etheridge to celebrate the work of the 20th century’s greatest jazz violinist Stéphane Grappelli, with whom he toured the world for five years, Sweet Chorus is a band that revels in melodic, swinging acoustic jazz. The partnership of John Etheridge and Christian Garrick has been described as One of the most potent combinations in European Jazz (Jazzwise) and the rhythm team of Dave Kelbie and Andy Crowdy the Rolls Royce and Jaguar of rhythm sections.

The music is inspired by the classic sounds of Django Reinhardt and Grappelli, whose legendary partnership galvanised European Jazz. Expect a dazzling and varied mixture of standards, American swing, Latin American and original compositions played with wit, humour and virtuosity, alongside affectionate and often funny reminiscences of John’s time with Grappelli – a man who was eccentric, inspired, and highly individual.