Topic: Album Launch: 'The Flame' by Bonjour Swing

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In 2012 Tauranga band Bonjour Swing launched their new album entitled 'The Flame'.

On Thursday 12 April, 2012, Tauranga Gypsy Jazz band Bonjour Swing launched their new album 'The Flame'. The band comprises Marion Arts, Robbie Laven, Oscar Laven and Milan Wilshier.

Album Launch: 'The Flame' by Bonjour Swing

Greerton restaurant 'Le Chat Noir' was packed to the brim with enthusiasts and those interested in the local music scene. Following an introduction by recording engineer Tim Julian and speeches and acknowledgements by band member Marion Arts, Bonjour Swing played a rollicking selection of tracks from their album, the highlights being the haunting title track ‘The Flame’ and the swinging ‘Bonjour Swing’, featuring Marion’s jazzy vocals.

The festive atmosphere turned into a real party when Tim Julian and a number of other musician friends got up to jam the night away. 

The album, containing sixteen original songs and instrumentals, has had a great reception locally and overseas.  The president of the Hot Club de France-Nederland called it “a delicious CD...great listening stuff and some tunes are even danceable. Oscar keeps amazing me with all those instruments, Marion with her classic lutelike skills and Robbie with his steady as a rock comping.”

The album is available through  and

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