Les Effrontés are a troupe of some of London’s finest jazz musicians who have been regularly performing classic French chansons combined with American jazz standards via Tom Waits in some of the city’s hippest bars and clubs. From the decadence of Wilton’s Music Hall and Jamboree, to their speakeasy sets at Nightjar, to the raucous mayhem of their legendary nights at The King’s Head, Les Effrontés have been producing truly unforgettable evenings out.
Robin Harris already has a vast musical experience of jazz, gypsy swing, klezmer and funk. As musical director of Punch Drunk’s The Masque of the Red Death – one of the most critically acclaimed shows of the past decade and a performer in numerous award winning stage shows, Robin has an acute awareness of the theatricality inherent in music, making all his live performances nights to remember. His romance with the chansonier tradition began when the Barbican teamed him up with French-American chanteuse Tiffany Schellenberg. With her unique blend of Parisian charm and Chicago grit, Tiffany’s voice transports you to another era – of smoky underground bars, reckless love affairs, wild drinking and tender heartache. Singing in both French and English, she not only brings the likes of Piaf, Brel, Vaya con Dios and Gainsbourg to a wider audience, but also gives her own take on classic jazz from the era.
Les Effrontés play with some of London’s finest jazz musicians including Jay Darwish (double bass), Saleem Raman, Bubu Drum (drums, chopsticks), accordionist extraordinaire Dan Teper, Lorenzo Bassignani, Henry Bowers-Broadbent and the incomparable Ian Bailey on sax.
“Musical virtuosity? Hell yes, and then some. Heartbreak, soul, French swagger, gypsy spirit and British irreverence… Inspiring. Vive Les Effrontes!” – Tim Barber, City AM
“A saucy, romantic, witty and playful journey straight into the heart of Paris” – Danai Molocha, Live at your Local
“Wonderful, charming, soulful… They transported us across the channel” – Charlotte Linton, Spitalfields Music