Ultraswing Jazz Band

Since 1995 jazz group Ultraswing have worked towards achieving a sound and repertoire which reflects the great Gypsy-swing and European musical traditions.

Matt Guez, Jonny Hepbir and Dan Sheppard originally formed the band through Brighton's jazz music circles and a shared passion for the music of Django Reinhardt and the contemporary Gypsy jazz scene.

Their commitment to performing live music of style and quality over the years has been consistent and much appreciated by many audiences and within many contexts – be it a jazz club, pub, music festival, wedding reception, dinner party, private celebration, corporate entertainment or open air market.

Whether in a lively party with dancing or a more intimate event, one will find Ultraswing's infectious sound totally suitable.Their repertoire can be tailored to suit your style of function and its guests.

Ultraswing are available to play live jazz music as a duo, trio or quartet with the addition of violin, accordian or wind instrument.

Get in touch to discuss your requirements – they would love to hear from you.


Matt Guez – Guitar

Matt Guez – Guitar

Never happier than when he's playing guitar, Matt's enthusiasm and passion for music is well known within the UK Gypsy Jazz scene. It was a trip to the famous Django festival at Samois Sur Seine in France (1993) that convinced him to direct his energies towards the "jazz manouche" style.

Fortunate in meeting and collaborating with like-minded musicians over the years, Matts' experience and musicality continues to be the driving force behind Ultraswing.

Dan Sheppard – Double Bass

Dan Sheppard – Double Bass

Dan has been working the UK jazz scene for the past 17 years. Also a founder member of Ultraswing, Dan honed his technique and musicianship with Brighton's Rockin an Rhythm band and his talent from then on was much in demand.In recent years he has been notching up appearances with the greats of jazz such as Bobby Wellins, Jim Mullen and Jon Etheridge to name three. Dan also runs The Jazz Agency, a local live music agency providing jazz bands for all kinds of events.

Jason Henson – Guitar

Jason Henson – Guitar

Since turning professional ten years ago, Jason has cut an important niché for himself within jazz guitar circles. Great solo and accompaniment skills means he gets asked to work with a wide variety of artistes such as The Charlotte Glasson Band and the mighty Jo Hunter (trumpet). Also passionate about Django guitar, Jason has travelled and infused gypsy techniques into his repertoire.

Musicians cont’

Marek HomolaMarek Homola - Guitar. Marek is an accomplished and experienced guitarist with a flair for different styles. On meeting Matt and the guys at the Samois Django festival, Marek has taken up ultraswing commitments with the same energy and enjoyment that run through the band. His Slovakian roots also bring a new dynamic to the jazz and gypsy mix. He is a skilled sound engineer with his own studio www.fullmoonstudios.co.uk

Nigel BroderickNigel Broderick - Accordionist. A fine accordionist who has worked steadily with us over the years and one who brings that unique sound to the band. The added bonus of LO his wife and French chanteuse, has also been much appreciated.


MIke PiggottMike Piggott – Violin. Original violinist with ultraswing, Mike is a long time friend and accomplice in our music. Great entertainer, great experience within the Django gypsy swing scene.


Nik McGuiganNik McGuigan – Double Bass. A great musician and consistent contributor to our work over the years. Nick is much in demand within Brighton jazz circles and loves the gypsy swing repertoire.




Brighton and beyond…

Ultraswing are Brighton, East Sussex, Bournemouth and Dorset based, but are happy to travel nationwide and abroad. Many weddings, jazz clubs, bars, pubs, restaurants, arts centres, private and corporate events have all enjoyed the Ultraswing sound!


Our new release is Jouez. Scroll down to see/buy any of our cds.


Jouez (2012)

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1. Coquette
2. Menilmontant
3. Je suis seul ce soir
4. Hungaria
5. Minor Swing
6. Que reste t'il de nos amours
7. Dinette
8. C'est Magnifique
9. Made for Wesley
10. China Boy
11. Made in France
12. Si tu savais
13. Symphonie
14. Pigalle
15. David
16. Nuages


Gadjo Party (2005)

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1. Rhythmes Gitans
2. All of Me.
3. Swing Waltz
4. Puttin' on the Ritz
5. J'attendrai
6. Avalon
7. Besame Mucho
8. Djangos Tiger
9. Minor Swing.
10. Artillerie Lourde
11. Latcho Drom


Captain of the County (2002)

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1. Undecided
2. Topsy
3. Hai La Drum
4. J'Attendrai
5. Captain of the County
6. It Had To Be You
7. Insallah
8. Daphne
9. Bei Mir Bistu Schon
10. Blue Rhumba all Turka
11. Sweet Georgia Brown
12. Anouman
13. Make me a Memory


Actual Size (2000)

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1. Latcho Drom
2. Lulu Swin
3. Besame Mucho
4. How High the Moon
5. Waltz Fasil
6. Rythmes Gitans
7. Fantasie - danse Norvegienne
8. Puttin' on the Ritz
9. Djangos Tiger
10. Manha de Carnaval
11. Take the 'A' Train
12. Moonglow
13. Yeux Noirs


De Rigueur (1998)

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1. Anouman
2. Crazy Rhythm
3. Swing Micro
4. Manoir de mes Reves
5. Swing Gitan
6. Sheik of Arab
7. It Don't Mean a Thing




Contact / booking

Looking for live jazz music or band for a wedding reception, birthday party, corporate function or any special occasion then contact Ultraswing:

Mobile 07793366200

Email info@ultraswing.co.uk

Upcoming gigs

October 11th 2014

The Royal Oak

"Apple Day"


west sussex BN5 9AY

12noon -3.30pm


6th November 2014

The Pelham Arms

'Vintage Hot Club Night"

High St. Lewes

West Sussex





"Dear Matthew, Thank you for creating such a wonderful ambience with the music. I absolutely loved it, and lots of people commented on how great the live band were.

What is spooky is; the owner of the house that was originally on the same plot as mine, was a major fan of Django Reinhardt, so my neighbour tells me!"
Debbie, West Sussex

"Ultraswing played at our wedding and evoked a foot tapping lively atmosphere with their unique sound of string music. Throughout the evening their repertoire consisted of a variety of music which inspired our guests to fill the dance floor for jazz enhanced swing!

I’d strongly recommend the talented players of Ultraswing to play at any private event, their ‘gypsy king meets European style’ is a combination that blends well either as background music or one to fill a dance floor. Thanks to Ultraswing our wedding evening was filled with great music, dancing and a buzzing atmosphere!"
Claire, Ockendean Manor,
West Sussex

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