Zazou is a sextet featuring accordion, lead and harmony vocals, string bass. drums, and rhythm and lead guitars. Their repertoire, including original material, is inspired by the sophisticated melodies of French Gypsy Jazz, Parisian Musette, Latin American popular songs and American Swing. Drawing together a multitude of musical influences and incorporating the driving European "string swing" rhythm, Zazou pays homage to music of the past while creating an original sound that is contemporary and exciting.
The members of Zazou are Ryan Hoffman on lead and rhythm guitar, Johnny Calcagno and Jeff Smith on rhythm guitar, Hugh Sutton on accordion and vocals, Ms. Jessica on vocals and string bass, and Joseph Mascorella on drums and percussion. The six are experienced musicians who have played with numerous fine players and acts around the country among them Baby Gramps, Hanuman, Mummery, Jim Knodle, Pearl Django, Hot Club Sandwich, Sky Cries Mary, the motion picture "The Trouble with Boys and Girls", The Big Mess Blues band featuring Ragtime Annie in New Orleans at New Orleans Jazz Fest, The Smoke Shack Okiestraw, The Nervous Duane Orchestra, Art and Sex for a Better World's Erotic Klezmer Cabaret, The Dudley Manlove Quartet, The Jelly Rollers and more. Zazou also has had the pleasure of sharing the bill with many talented players such as Baby Gramps and Amy Denio as well as opening for a variety of excellent national and international groups such as Brave Combo (www.brave.com/bo) 3 Leg Torso ( www.3legtorso.com ) and the French quintet Paris Combo
America's most hated family
They call themselves the most hated family in the US and they picket funerals of soldiers killed in Iraq. So what did Louis Theroux make of the Phelpses after three weeks?
In any country, let alone one as patriotic as the US, few actions are as provocative as protesting at a soldier's funeral.
The Phelps family pickets mourners across the country, to mark what it describes as God's revenge on the US for tolerating homosexuality.
Their actions are in the name of the Westboro Baptist Church, which numbers 71 and is headed by "Gramps", preacher Fred Phelps. The church, which is based in Topeka, Kansas, mostly comprises his extended family.
Louis Theroux, himself no stranger to people with unconventional views, says the Phelpses are the most extreme people he has ever met. But in the following interview, he reveals how three weeks with them left him perplexed by their motivation.