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John Saavedra

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John Saavedra is the leader of the New Orleans Swinging Gypsies and is mostly heard playing his gypsy jazz guitar on Frenchmen St., near the French Quarter.  His music is primarily influenced by Django Reinhardt and New Orleans jazz, a sound that embodies swing rhythm with traditional jazz.  His soulful voice will draw any tourist from the street to the venue;  ready for an enriching jazz experience.  As a New Orleanian, John works with other locals, including internationally renown musician, “the female Louis Armstrong”, Doreen Ketchens.  You will often find him busking on Royal St. with Doreen’s famous group of traditional jazz musicians. He has also worked with “The Jazz Vipers”, a band that has been featured on the HBO series, “Treme”.  Although he primarily plays lead in his band, rhythm is his business and business sure is swell.  From french jazz to new orleans swing, John adds elements from this gumbo of sounds to create a unique type of playing that brings people together.


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