Cafe Americain

Acoustic European Cafe music /Gypsy jazz - Brazilian - American standards
Bay Music and Entertainment performer Cafe Americain

You will always hear music you love from Cafe Americain!

Standing at a musical crossroad of the world, the acoustic string group Cafe Americain draws from the bohemian sounds of European cafe music, romantic gypsy jazz, elegant Brazilian Choros and Bossa Novas, and, of course, the always hip Great American Song Book.

Cafe Americain is the brain-child of internationally respected guitarist Ned Boynton. He is joined by renowned musicians Jason Vanderford – guitar, and Michael Zisman – mandolin.

This group of engaging, charismatic performers plays traditional music perfectly suited to modern life. It is a captivating sound in which warm, rich instrumental voices bring forth music full of agile grace, subtle nuance, impeccable timing and irrepressible spirit.

In short, this is music for “la dolce vita”!

The musicians of Cafe Americain are quite experienced and versatile and can adapt to many different performance situations. We can draw from our vast repertoire to tailor performances for any audience and venue! While our music is “acoustic” in nature, the group can be amplified for larger audiences. Special Events: Ned and the musicians of Cafe Americain are consummate professionals, and would love to help plan the perfect music for your next event. Whether you are looking for a duo to compliment an intimate gathering, a lively ensemble to entertain a crowd, or a versatile band for corporate gatherings, our expertise will make it easy for you to create the most comfortable musical atmosphere for your guests. We love performing at weddings, parties, and other special occasions, whether on stage or strolling through the crowd!

2009 Review

Imagine going from the joyful Runaway and a swinging string version of the Beatles Come Together to the spirited if somewhat crazy Mambo Italiano and Django Reinhardts Swing 42. Cafe Americain travels through that diverse material during the first four selections on Social Club, making a variety of styles a logical and comfortable part of their musical menu.

Cafe Americain consists of leader-guitarist Ned Boynton, Michael Zisman on mandolin, rhythm guitarist Jason Vanderford, and bassist Simon Planting. The acoustic instrumentation is a little reminiscent of the Quintet of the Hot Club of France that starred Reinhardt and Stephane Grappelli (although with mandolin for violin and one less guitarist), but that is only one part of the group’s wide musical range. The band sounds just as comfortable onBeatles songs (Eleanor Rigby and I Will are also on this CD) as it does on Italian and South American pieces, an adaptation of Puccinis O Mio Babbino, Witchcraft, O Sole Mio and even Bill Bailey. Guest singer Kim Nalley is a strong asset to a few of the numbers, performing in several languages, sounding particularly authentic on Besame Mucho and joyous on Bill Bailey.

Alternating between guitar and mandolin melodic leads with superior accompaniment from the rhythm guitar and bass, Cafe Americain has its own fresh sound. While the music contains the improvisation and swing of jazz, the group also crosses over into European cafe music and prejazz string music. But most important is that their performances are quite fun. Whether for dancing or close listening, for a gypsy jazz crowd, fans of David Grismanor lovers of romantic European melodies, Cafe Americain throws a musical party that is quite pleasing and memorable. Highly recommended.

July 12, 2009 event at the Hotel Nikko: Cafe Americain was superb and exactly suited for our event. Thank you for the recommendation and for your organization to confirm their services, much appreciated!

October 14, 2009 Oracle event: Cafe Americain was absolutely perfect – and they guys were really nice. Thank you so much for making this so easy for me.
December 3, 2010 Wells Fargo event: I LOVED those guys! They were so great! They were so easy-going, flexible, and willing to put up with my request for them to learn some Lady Gaga tunes.

I will certainly contact you again about booking them, and I will certainly pass along referrals to other planners I work with. They were just outstanding and I totally appreciate that they asked me if I wanted to include any Christmas tunes.

Printable Songlist

Cafe Americain plays hundreds of songs of many varieties. Since viewing our entire list can be a bit overwhelming, we have put together a sample selection of favorites:

European Cafe Music (Waltzes, Mazurkas, Tangos, Gypsy, Tarantellas, Polkas) such as: O Sole Mio, Return to Sorrento, Arrivederci Roma, Domino, La Vie En Rose, Chella Lla, Serrenata, Santa Lucia, Finiculi Finicula, Marie, Nuages, The Godfather Theme, and more.

Latin Music such as: Cavequinho, Besame Mucho, A Day in the Life of a Fool, Assanhado, Estate, Gentle Rain, Girl From Ipanema, El Choclo, Tico Tico and more. Great American Song Book such as: I Left My Heart in San Francisco, Fly Me to the Moon, Lady Be Good, Embraceable You, Moon River, Satin Doll, Summertime, The Summer Wind, I’ve Got You Under My Skin, That’s Amore, as well as other hits by Sinatra, Dean Martin, Ella Fitzgerald, Peggy Lee, Tony Bennett and more.

Wedding Ceremony Music such as: Cannon in D, Evergreen, Bridal March, Ave Maria, Maris Wedding, and other favorite arias and works from Puccini, Mozart, and JS Bach.

We also do a variety of ethnic music.

Pop Culture Songs: We have our own eclectic takes on many pop, rock and country songs of the last 40 years and cover the hits of such artists as: The Beatles, Roy Orbison, Patsy Cline, Led Zeppelin, Linda Ronstadt, Johnny Cash, Ray Charles, Santana, Bob Dylan, Elvis and many others.

‚Ä¢ If you are interested in having the group for a special event, and are wanting a particular song or artist of any kind, ask us about it, and if we don’t know the selection, we are usually happy to learn it for you. We love learning new music!

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