Edinburgh-based Viper Swing plays hot string jazz: infectious rhythms, joyful improvisations, and gravelly vocals blend to evoke the swing-era spirit of the 1920’s, 30’s, and 40’s. Whether on a festival stage or at an intimate cocktail reception, the band sets toes to tapping, hips to swaying, and hearts to singing. Years of dedication and consummate artistry shine through every note they play. Their repertoire includes works of the legendary gypsy jazz guitarist Django Reinhardt, songs from the Great American Songbook, and original compositions—along with swing arrangements of modern pop songs (Michael Jackson, Abba, and Daft Punk, to name a few). 

Viper Swing
Viper Swing

They perform regularly in Edinburgh and around the UK. Past performances include Edinburgh Jazz Festival, Kelburn Garden Party, Edinburgh International Film Festival, Northern Roots Festival, Lindisfarne Festival, Callander Jazz Festival, Dundee Jazz Club, Garioch Jazz Club, several TV appearances, and an ongoing Sunday residency at the Edinburgh Sheraton Hotel for the past 4 years.

Viper Swing will continue to perform during the Edinburgh Fringe on:

AUG 15 16 21 22 23.


Doors 6.30pm starts 7pm

Tickets available from fringe box office or at door.

The tale of Django Reinhardt’s life and music, with many of Django’s most enduring songs played in a truly authentic style by Viper Swing. Featuring acclaimed guitarist Paul Paterson as Django.

Django Reinhardt was a musical genius and his influence on generations of guitarists has been immense. In 1930s Paris, the young gypsy guitarist created much of the sounds and techniques that we now think of as the sound of the guitar. An unpredictable character who cared nothing for money or social constraints, the public were never sure if Django would actually show up for a concert or choose to go and play billiards instead, leaving another band member to pretend to be the star and play Django for the evening.

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