Chicago’s premier Gypsy-jazz band.
The music of Alfonso Ponticelli & Swing Gitan is a vibrant, upbeat and passionate blend of American Jazz, Gypsy jazz, Flamenco and world folk music threaded together through virtuostic improvisation.
With Alfonso Ponticelli, Ethan Philion and Bob Rummage
ONE man band + TWO
A bit of a description:
After the venues closed in 2020, Alfonso Ponticelli ventured out in his battery-powered Gypsy wagon and played gigs curbside in front of homes and business throughout Chicagoland. The wagon soon became the soundboard for dozens of concerts.
Drawing from his array of instruments and styles, Ponticelli began looping layers of instruments from the mountain dulcimer, violin, bass and percussion, replicating the full sound of a band.
After developing this sound, he was able to slowly invite fellow musicians to join him once again.
In this show, Ponticelli takes the listener on an around-the-world odyssey through music.
Alfonso Ponticelli has collaborated with many Chicago institutions for 14 years to present the great culture of the Roma/Gypsy people through music with his annual Chicago Gypsy Jazz festival.