Tomoko, the Jazzy Violinist

Toe-tapping Snappy Hot Jazz

Here is what people say about the CD...


The blend you achieve with the clarinet is extraordinary. Your CD is very musical and very precise. Intonation is flawless. You must be very proud of your music.   — Christopher Baird


I listened to your CD on the way home. I love it!  It cheers me up.   — Kathy Larsen


Reminds me of music from Woody Allen’s film. This is the music I like and you guys executed very well. I want two more as presents for my friends!   — John Kloubcher


I just wanted to compliment you on your beautiful CD. I love all the music, but the pieces that you wrote yourself -- "Why Why" and "Reflections" -- are extraordinary! The passion and musicianship of your pieces remind me of the great Cuban music in Calle 54. It's a real treat this time of year with the chill in the air outside to have something warm and beautiful to listen to inside! Many thanks,   — Mary Beth Hagen


I listened to the CD yesterday, and I found it very enjoyable. I didn't grow up with 'gypsy jazz,' and in fact have scarcely been exposed to the idiom. I do remember a Stephane Grappelli duet with Paul Simon (called "Hobo's Blues," if memory serves) on an early Simon & Garfunkel album. I've always loved that tune -- the joy of the playing is so palpable. The same is true of your album, where all the tunes are played with great joy and brio. I know that your covers are 'standards' of the genre, but I was rather more excited to hear the original compositions. After all, the jazz classics are already out in the world, but this will be the first time people will get to hear your music.   — Bruce Sesnovich


As a Grappelli/Reinhardt fan, I can vouch for/heartily recommend this CD. Excellent music and I believe Tomoko's playing compares very favorably with Stephane's. The original compositions are especially nice.   — Dino LaChiusa

CD "Why Why"
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440 is:

Tomoko Iwamoto, violin

Mark Chenevert, clarinet

Jack Soref, guitar

Sven Larson, bass

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440 - Gypsy Jazz

Contact

Email: gypsyjazz440@outlook.com

facebook.com/440jazz

Upcoming Shows


Sunday, March 3, 2:00-3:00 pm

*Followed by tea party

Tickets

Loring-Greenough House,

12 South St, Jamaica Plain, MA 02130


Sunday, March 10, 11:00 am - 2:00 pm
Brunch at Trail's End Cafe, 97 Lowell Rd. Concord MA

Sunday, March 31, 2:00-3:00 pm

Concert at Brewster Ladies' Library

1822 Main St, Brewster, MA 02631

Tickets are free! More Info


Sunday, April 14, 11:00 am - 2:00 pm
Brunch at Trail's End Cafe, 97 Lowell Rd. Concord MA


Saturday, April 20, 4:00-6:00 pm
Atwood's Tavern
877 Cambridge St, Cambridge, MA 02141

$10 suggested donation


Sunday, May 12, 11:00 am - 2:00 pm

Mother's Day brunch

at Trail's End Cafe, 97 Lowell Rd. Concord MA


Friday, June 7, 8:00 - 10:00 pm

Theory Wine Bar + Listening Room
10 Main St, Andover, MA 01810


Sunday, June 9, 11:00 am - 2:00 pm
Brunch at Trail's End Cafe, 97 Lowell Rd. Concord MA


Sunday, October 20, 1:00 - 3:00 pm

Marion Town Music Hall

164 Front St. Marion, MA 02738

more info coming up!


Sunday, November 16, 7:30 - 9:30 pm
19 Carter Community
19 Carter St. Berlin MA 01503
$10 at door

Reserve tickets in advance!
978-415-0014 / info@19carter.org

PAST SHOWS & VENUES


Corporate & Private parties, holiday parties, wedding & baby shower,etc.


Concert Series:
Orange Door Kitchen in Acton MA
Loring-Greenough House in Jamaica Plain MA
The Cultural Center of Cape Cod in South Yarmouth MA
Lifetime Learning at Temple Shalom in Newton MA
The Overlook in Charlton MA

Restaurants & Bars:

Theory Wine Bar + Listening Room, Andover MA
Terry O'Reily's Irish Pub in Newton MA
The Plough & Stars in Cambridge MA
Down The Road Brewery in Everett MA

Festivals & Community Centers:
Community Growing Center in Sommerville MA
Newtonville Jazz Festival
Brookline Village Fair
various assisted living & retirement homes

440 expands the gypsy jazz tradition of Django Reinhardt and Stephane  Grappelli with danceable swing standards from the era of Cole Porter,  George Gershwin & Benny Goodman as well as originals by the band.   Their toe-tapping, snappy, hot jazz, swinging style is a delight to experience. 

Jack Soref, graduate of Berklee College of Music,  became captivated by the music of Django Reinhardt after attending the International Django Reinhardt festival in Samois-sur-Seine France in 2002. Jack spent half a year living in Paris France in 2011, where he jammed with the legendary guitarist Boulou Ferré and violinist Florin Niculescu. Jack can be seen regularly in the greater Boston area playing Django's music, with a myriad of local musicians. Out in the wider world, he has performed as an accompanist for Jazz Manouche luminaries like Joscho Stephan, Tim Kliphius, Gonzalo Bergara, Jason Anick, Olli Soikkeli, Adrien Moignard, Ben Powell, Aurélien Bouly, and Titi Bamberger.

Tomoko Iwamoto, a leader of 440,  has been in Boston jazz scene for more than 25 years. Being a "jazzy" violinist, with a strong background as a classical violinist, she expanded her repertoire in jazz, rock, pop to world music, while studying Jazz Composition and Arranging at Berklee College of Music. During her recent trip to Euroupe, Tomoko jammed with world renown gypsy jazz musicians; Tcha Limberger & the members of Les Violins de Bruxelles, and Chris & Julian Brunard. She appeared as a guest soloist with Mood Swings Orchestra and Women In World Jazz, and collaborated with Chris Mcdermott.

Sven Larson came to Boston in 1995 and began studying with bass virtuoso Steve Neil. Sven continued to learn, perform, and record in many genres, while becoming an in demand bassist on the local jazz and blues scene. He has also studied different styles of music, including Hindustani Classical music and West African Drumming. Sven has played on many bandstands across the US, Canada and Europe including Symphony Hall, Tanglewood Jazz Festival, and King Biscuit Festival to name just a few. He has performed with Toni Lynn Washington, Charles Neville, Michelle Willson, Roses Pawn Shop, Albert Cummings, Nicole Nelson, and others.

  • Why Why1:15
  • Lulu Swing1:15
  • Topsy1:15
  • C'est Si Bon1:15
  • Reflection1:15
  • Waltz For You1:14

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Mark Chenevert has been playing clarinet and tenor sax in the Boston area for some forty years now,  working with various projects including Limbo Race ( 1982 WBCN Rumble winners ) , Willie Alexander , and Hypnotic Clambake. Currently , besides 440 , he works with the Hot Tamale Brass Band , David Champagne , Bertrand Laurence and others . You can find out more by visiting his website: www.markchenevert.com .