Who is Zazou?
Zazou was a Seattle-based sextet featuring accordion, lead and harmony vocals, string bass, rhythm and lead guitars and percussion and repertoire, including original material, inspired by the sophisticated melodies of French Jazz Manouche, Parisian Musette, Latin American popular songs and American Swing Jazz.
In addition to their diverse musical repertoire, Zazou also put on a entertaining show that encouraged audience participation through humor, magic and playful stage banter.
Zazou performed at numerous venues such as The Pink Door, The Century Ballroom, The Tractor Tavern, Misto, The Sit 'n Spin, The Venus Cafe's Mars Bar, Bizzarro, The Hop Vine, St. Clouds, Conor Byrne Pub, The Experience Music Project's Liquid Lounge and more. It also made appearances outside of the Seattle area at such venues as Mississippi Pizza, Duff's Garage, St. John's Pub, The Rabbit Hole Lounge (Portland, OR), The Public House (Port Townsend, WA), The Drift Inn (Yachats, OR), Muddy Waters (Arcata, CA), Sam Bonds (Eugene, OR) and The Make Out Room (San Francisco, CA). Zazou also performed at a variety of festivals and events around the Northwest including Seattle's Folklife Festival, The illustrious and wonderful Djangofest NW, several Seattle Art Museum Exhibit openings, the French-American Chamber of Commerce Beaujolais Nouveau celebration, Caniveaux's Moisture Festival, Columbia City's Beatwalk, The Bastille Day celebration at Seattle Center, The Shoreline Art Festival, The Fremont Solstice Fair, Dusty String's Annual Open House and Concert, Microsoft's "Cirque Funtasique" and oh so much more. Zazou also performs private events throughout the West Coast.
Dear Zazou, Thanks so much for being a part of Mt. Baker's first-annual Park Tunes! We truly appreciated your amazing talent and your generosity. Thanks so much for providing the sound system and playing such enchanting music. We love it! Hope the rest of the summer is outstanding. All our best, Susan and EJ
We had a great time dancing at the wedding to your inspiring music. I was doing fine till that fool twirled me so hard I fell to the ground! But I loved y'alls music!!!" Wedding guest Tina Ferguson-Riffe
"Zazou's performance was riveting! Your stage banter presented an endearing mix of stellar musical talent and witty humor. Please accept our personal gratitude. Bastille Day 2004 would not have been possible without your commitment, patience and enthusiasm. We hope to work with you again in the future, and wish you prosperous success in the mean time." - Eva Zemandl (Cultural Liaison) and Jack Cowen (Executive Director) of The French American Chamber of Commerce
"We want to sincerely thank you for making the 2004 Fremont Fair a smashing success! We have gotten so much terrific feedback from the public about the entertainment at this year's Fair! The music- the people- it was marvelous. And we couldn't have done it without you." - Amani Ellen Loutfy (Director of Public Relations at Static Media Arts)
Hello Gang. Janice and I heard you a couple of years ago while in Seattle. We came back the next night, listened again, and picked up your two CDs… By the way, we have you penciled in for our daughter's wedding. She's in Madison, we're in Dallas, and she isn't engaged yet. But, when and where it happens, we intend to give you a ring; I'm serious! Please feel free to post this on your site as we could not more strongly recommend your wonderful music. Regards, Mike and Janice Keeley, Coppell, Texas, USA
"I heard so many positive comments about the music last night--people loved it--I loved it! Zazou was the perfect compliment to last night's event" - Alison MacLean, Seattle Art Museum
"With a CD entitled Djangolotry you'd expect Gypsy-influenced jazz guitar and swinging rhythm. Zazou delivers exactly that with a fun, sophisticated blend of original and cover songs sung in English and French." - Eugene Weekly, Eugene Oregon
"Anyone who knows the music of Django Reinhardt and Stephane Grappelli and the Hot Club of France will love Zazou. In fact, the band's latest CD is titled 'Djangolotry'. The album also features drums, harmonica, trumpet and musical saw." - Suislaw News, Oregon Coast
"'Euro Jazz, French Musette and American Swing' is how the band describes its musical mix. I say: The most infectious blend of Django Reinhardt, Latin jazz and Benny Goodman-style swing that I’ve ever heard. No big band here; just a small one (five-piece) that kicks ass, but smoothly and subtly. Thoroughly sexy and playful, featuring amazing musicians clearly in love with the music, Djangolotry is, simply, magnifique". Christine LaPado, News and Review, Chico California
“Ils sont six, Hugh Sutton, Johnny Calcagno, Jeff Smith, Joseph Mascorella, Ryan Hoffman et Miss Jessica, à réchauffer vos longues soirées d’hiver aux rythmes de la musette, du swing et du jazz manouche. Zazou né de la collision entre la culture française et le muse du groupe, promène sa bonne humeur de bar en bar pour le plus grand plaisir du publique. “ – Caroline Planque, European Weekly’s Revue du Pacifique, Seattle Washington