Occidental Gypsy

  • Worthington, OH
  • 04/23/2014
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Dr. Lonnie Smith says "I love Occidental Gypsy’s new CD 44070. The compositions and arrangements are uniquely creative. They perform with enormous heart and soul and have an original groove that is definitely worth checking out."


“Occidental Gypsy is a crowd pleaser.  Jaunty vocals, lots of swing, and evocative violin and guitar interplay make this an act to catch and enjoy.   They were a big hit at Djangofest Mill Valley ’15.”  – Nicholas Lehr, Executive Promoter of Djangofest


Chicago Tribune Jazz Critic Howard Reich:  “sonic pleasures to be had, particularly in an energetic, gypsy-jazz transformation of Duke Ellington’s “It Don’t Mean a Thing (If It Ain’t Got That Swing),” which opened the evening. More than once, vocalist-guitarist Frantz brought the large crowd to near silence through the warmth and openness of his singing, as in “Georgia on My Mind.”   read full review

Occidental Gypsy delivers an exhilarating blend of gypsy swing, jazz and world music with a rousing acoustic sound.

Nationally recognized Occidental Gypsy plays a dynamic, multi-genre mix of original vocal and instrumental pieces along with many notable covers like a “gypsyfied” take of Michael Jackson’s Thriller.

The Boston Globe has named them a “Best Bet for Weekend Entertainment,” and musician David Bromberg said of the group, “great singing, fantastic guitar and violin work, with high energy originals that leave the crowd crazy. An awesome band.”

Occidental Gypsy’s sound appeals to a wide spectrum of listeners, and their shows consistently draw enthusiastic audiences at colleges, arts centers, festivals and clubs.

The band has found a powerfully seismic acoustic sound as they play a dynamic mix of original vocal and instrumental pieces--and a few memorable standards-- to exhilarated crowds.  Occidental Gypsy's music cannot be easily classified; a bit of jazz, a catchy strain of pop, and "a whole lotta’ gypsified swing…"

Occidental Gypsy features award-winning violin prodigy Eli Bishop who has played with Wynton Marsalis and Bill Evans of the Miles Davis Group, and still plays at Jazz at Lincoln Center.  Occidental Gypsy has played to solid and sold out crowds at the legendary Nighttown in Cleveland, Old Town School of Folk Music and The Green Mill in Chicago, the Bluebird Cafe in Nashville, the Ark in Ann Arbor Michigan and The Triple Door in Seattle, among many others.

The band has shared the stage with such greats as Rikki Lee Jones, Jorma Kaukenen, Stanley Jordan, Joe Sample, and David Bromberg, among others and the band  recently played to a sold out show at the 2015 DjangoFest in Mill Valley, California-- a prestigious homage to Gypsy Swing master Django Reinhardt.

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Occidental Gypsy delivers an exhilarating blend of gypsy swing, jazz and world music with a roaring acoustic sound.

Occidental Gypsy will play two Columbus Area Shows

Natalie's in Worthington, OH  on 4/23/14  

Highlands of Ohio in Bellville, OH on 4/24/14 

Nationally recognized Occidental Gypsy plays a dynamic, multi-genre mix of original vocal and instrumental pieces along with many notable covers like a “gypsyfied” take of Michael Jackson’s Thriller. The Boston Globe has named them a “Best Bet for Weekend Entertainment,” and musician David Bromberg said of the group, “great singing, fantastic guitar and violin work, with high energy originals that leave the crowd crazy. An awesome band.”

Occidental Gypsy has played legendary venues such as Nighttown in Cleveland, the Old Town School of Folk Music in Chicago, Bluebird Cafe in Nashville, Blue Wisp in Cincinnati and the World Cafe, among others.  They have shared the stage with such greats as Rikki Lee Jones, Jorma Kaukenen, Stanley Jordan, Joe Sample, Tony Rice, and David Bromberg, and band members have participated in side projects that have brought them around the world alongside legends.

Coming off a summer tour with Wynton Marsalis, Occidental’s violinist Eli Bishop rouses audiences with his expert, lightning-fast violin, and founder and lead guitarist Brett Feldman drives the sound with swinging gypsy guitar and original arrangements.  Frontman Jonathan Hurley brings an eclectic and cinematic flair to the front of the stage (he has written and arranged film scores, played Italian opera in China and also has supported several country/rock groups hailing from Nashville), which fits perfectly with the band’s latest story-based approach to composition.   Guatemalan percussionist Erick “Banny” Cifuentes and bassist Jeff Feldman round out the band’s rich sound and keep feet stomping with danceable rhythms.

Eli Bishop began his musical studies with the violin at the age of three in Nashville, TN. As the son of a violin teacher, he readily studeid the Suzuki Method of violin, and learned to develop his aural skills and reading ability early on in life.

After completing the eighth book of the method, Bishop began studying traditional classical music under the instruction of Cornelius Heard at the Blair School of Music, which was part of Vanderbilt University.  Under Heard’s instruction, Eli learned to play standard classical violin repertoire. At the age of 16, Eli’s interests shifted from classical to western swing. At this point, Eli began studying with Nashville legend, Buddy Spicher and spent the next year mastering western swing music.

Being from Nashville, it was easy to see great musicians in many different musical styles performing. Eli would regularly hear bluegrass and country music as well as western swing and jazz concerts around town. He was also regularly exposed to concerts that the Nashville Symphony would perform. This largely diverse exposure to music is most likely what would fuel his later desire to go beyond the normal expectations of a typical violinist.

Eli continued his musical education at the Berklee College of Music in Boston.  His studies of various musical styles--including Classical, Western Swing, Rock, Country, and Jazz--have provided him with the opportunity to perform with a wide variety of musical artists.

Shortly after leaving Berklee, Eli began working regularly as a session musician and an arranger. He has played with world renowned musicians such as Vince Gill and the Time Jumpers, Roy Wooten, Wynton Marsalis, Bill Evans of the Miles Davis Group and many others. He is considered a child prodigy, and is now only 21 years old.

Bishop is now a member of Occidental Gypsy, and will be on tour starting in April 2014.

Occidental Gypsy is:

Eli Bishop - violin,  Jonathan Hurley - vocals & rhythm guitar,  Jeff Feldman- bass,  Erick Cifuentes - percussion and Brett Feldman - lead guitar
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Doors Open: 6:00 pm
Concert Start Time: 9:00 pm
Venue: Natalie's Coal Fired Pizza & Music
Venue St. Address: 5601 North High Street
Venue City, State: Worthington, OH
Venue Zip: 43085
Venue Link: Click here
Ticket Price(s): Table seating $10, Students $5
Ticket Phone: 614-436-2625 (COAL)
Ticket URL: Click here
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