Band Profile Note Noire , Note Noir


The band formed in 2002 and acts around Tokyo in Japan (Acted by the name of SWING NIGLOTS until November, 2006). Moreover, talk show with Romane (only Nobutake), a lot of co-starring etc. with Tchavolo Schmitt, Dorado Schmitt, and Jean Claude Laudat have been done, and it is assessed well also on the Jazz magazine, TV in foreign countries, and the radios. The excitement of Django and Grappelli's traditional, hot club sounds is revived, and a newer, more original element is added. There are a lot of people surprised at the two-finger-performance of Nobutake, the solo guitarist, same as Django too. However, it is real jazz in them that not mimicry but the band pursues.

[History of the main activities]
*Band formation in autumn of 2002
*Nikkatsu Corporation movie "Swing" Tchavolo Schmitt concert (Shibuya Cinema Rise)
*Special live "Gypsy night" part1-4 of the Django death for 50 years. (Ginza Rocky Top)
*1st CD "Swing du gant" (2003)
*Romane's talk show in Japan (only Nobutake) (L'Institut Franco-Japonais de Tokyo)
*Co-starring concert with Hiroshi Ashino, chanson singer (Shibukawa Japan Chanson Museum)
*Django festival in Tokyo (Fuji no Mori Hinohara Music Bowl)
*Brasserie special live "Hommage a` Django Reinhardt" Jam with Dorado Schmitt, Tchavolo Schmitt, and Samson Schmitt (L'Institut Franco-Japonais de Tokyo brasserie)
*2nd CD "Niglots Swing" (2004.5)
*Co-starring live with Jean Claude Laudat (acc) & Jean Yves Dubanton (g) (2004.10 Blue Drag)
*Telecasted the performance by Canadian TV program "Djangomanie". (2005.4)
*3rd CD "Swing Noir" (2005.7)
*Hokkaido tour Otaru and Iwamizawa (2005.9)
*Pirelli calendar exhibition (2005.12 Conrad Tokyo)
*Broadcasted from 2nd and 3rd CD on radio "La radio Canal Blue" in France. (2006.1)
*Django's Story Live(part1-5) (2005.2`2006.3 Blue Drag)
*2006 Kansai tour Kyoto, Osaka, and Mie (2006.6)
*The name is changed "Note Noire" (2006.12)
*Broadcasted live on Radio(1422khz AM) (2006.12)

This band was carried by the magazine which is titled by "JAZZNIN". JAZZNIN's October-November issue is the special edition of Japanese Gypsy jazz. The live report of The Swing Nglots can be seen in Japanese and English.

Introduced to the Japan Times on-line.

The Swing Niglots offer the most authentic revival of the seminal Hot Club Quintet. Keeping the original lineup of two rhythm guitars, bass, lead guitar and violin, the Niglots get the rhythms and tones just right. Not only that, but they also know their history. Lead guitarist Nobutake Ito has presented a series of evenings that are part-lecture, part-demonstration and part-hardcore playing.
The Niglots also replicate the music with vintage guitars and handcrafted specialty instruments. Just ask rhythm guitarist Laurent Prieur about his guitars and you will set off a club-wide discussion of wood and strings. But more than being just Hot Club otaku, the Niglots can swing hard. With two rhythm guitars humming, bass thumping and lead guitar and violin trading melody lines, they get right to the heart of the music's appeal, one which easily transcends cultures. Their authenticity seeps out of their warm and luminous sound. The heart of Django's pieces, they have realized, is not the fingering but the feeling.

The Japan Times: Sept. 23, 2005
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solo guitar : Nobutake Ito
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He has been impressed by Django Reinhardt and researches his art of play and music. He practices peculiar way of the Manouche guitar and two-finger-performance same as Django. The talk show with Romane, session with Tchavolo Schmitt, Dorado Schmitt, Jean-Claude Laudat, home players and a lot of co-starring have taken place. He has activity in SAX, too and a lot of influences are received from the bebop style such as Charlie Parker's one and classic music etc. and it is reflected in ad lib and original tunes. Using Selmer guitar made in 1948. Representative of Django Reinhardt Society of Japan with member who exceeds 100 people in the whole country ( Participated in the session of the Django Fes. during visit in France in 2003. Writing multitude concerning how to play Manouche guitar and Django ("jazz guitar book" Shinko Music etc.). Writing about Django and How to play Jazz manouche guitar and CDs etc.
EVintage Guitars vol.8@ 2003.9
Ejazz guitar book Vol.2 2004.7.8
EAccorstic guitar isnt. 2004.9.28
Ejazz guitar book Vol.10 2004.7.8


violin : Sotaro Kitatoko
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After enter of the Hosei University, he has met the jazz violin soon. He studied Jazz in the United States though it is a short term and studied under the jazz violinist, Mr. John Blake known by having belonged to the band of McCoy Tyner, the practice method of the jazz violin and the learning timulation. The sense in jazz like the wind instrument is given to people who listen by attempting his construction of the self-style that exchanges bebop and the blues feeling while valuing Stephane Grappelli's styles as jazz violinist great master. The performance is assessed high in "straight-ahead jazz violinist" in contests, etc. He won the best player prize in the competition division of YOKOHAMA JAZZ PROMNADE, which is the biggest jazz festival in Japan, in 2005.


rhythm guitar FSusumu Kuribayashi

He has begun to hear Django at high school days, and has a deep yearning in this music. He visited France with Mr. Ito in 2003. He researches the rhythm guitar of Manouche. He devotes to the support of the solo and supports the rhythm of the band. He is person who inspires other players of the band. Using Jacques Favino guitar made in 1979.

bass :Kenji Kitajima

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