French gypsy swing virtuosos La Mauvaise Réputation are Australia’s most authentic interpreters of the wild rhythms and passion of 1930s Parisian hot jazz and the beautiful melodies of classic French chanson - sung en français, bien sûr.
 
A four piece ensemble of vocals/guitar (Paul Gillett), accordion (Salvatore Greco), double-bass (Enzo Ruberto) and the extraordinary talents of internationally-acclaimed manouche guitarist Jon Delaney, the group’s repertoire specialises in the timeless songs of Edith Piaf, Charles Trenet and Serge Gainsbourg and Jean Sablon and the unique sounds of Django Reinhardt.
 
La Mauvaise Réputation have performed at festivals, jazz clubs, private functions and high-profile events across Australia including Port Fairy Folk Festival, Melbourne International Jazz Festival, Brisbane Festival, OzManouche, Inverloch Jazz Festival, Kingston Arts Centre, National Gallery of Victoria, Museum & Art Gallery of the Northern Territory, Viva Victoria Multicultural Festival, Queen Victoria and Coburg Night Markets, Boite World Music Café, Northcote Social Club, Spotted Mallard and the Paris Cat Jazz Club. They have also performed live on ABC Radio National’s The Music Show and many other radio programs across Australia.
 
In 2011 they released their début album Tours Eiffel en Plastique. Their second album Bad Reputation was released in 2014.


 
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Paul Gillett, singer and rhythm guitarist, first heard the music of Django Reinhardt on the streets as a child, and has been fascinated ever since.  As his alter ego Floyd Thursby, he has toured Australia performing his original music, and as composer and leader of the film scoring project the Ang Fang Quartet.  Paul has done extensive research into the French music of the early 20th Century, including a study trip to France in 2009 to broaden his language skills and repertoire.
Jon Delaney plays solo guitar for La Mauvaise Réputation and is known as one of Australia's most talented gypsy jazz guitarists.  He began his performance career in 1994, and has gone on to perform all over Australia in his Jon Delaney Trio and as a sideman with countless other acts.  He graduated from the Victorian College of the Arts in 2005, and alongside his performance schedule, teaches guitar at a tertiary level.  He spent 2008 playing in and around Berlin, and has also performed in the United Kingdom and Canada. In 2011 he travelled to Belgium to study with manouche legend Fapy Lafertin.
Enzo Ruberto's impeccable bass playing has long been a presence on the Melbourne jazz scene.  Arriving from Italy in the mid 1990s, Enzo graduated from the Victorian College of the Arts in 2000.  He has since performed extensively not only locally, but internationally, as a member of Eddie Perfect's touring band, and in the band for Shane Warne: The Musical.  He also maintains a busy performance schedule in several Melbourne-based modern and traditional jazz groups.
Salvatore Greco has been performing and honing his skills as an accordionist since his childhood in Italy. He plays in a number of Melbourne-based ensembles, including Italian traditional music combo Bella Ciao. He has a special expertise in traditional Italian and European folk music and the gypsy waltzes much loved by accordionists the world over.
Tours Eiffel en plastique - La Mauvaise Réputation