Eva sur Seine

Warm summer evenings mixed with cool jazz. Throw-in a few French Chansons with fresh arrangements and add some re-vamped Django Reinhardt classics. What’s not to like?

That’s the premise of Eva Sur Seine, a collaboration of Dutch musicians, the jazz trio the Thomas Baggerman Trio and Chaunteuse Eva Scholten.

The foursome, whose repertoire comprises not only French Chansons and Jazz standards, but also contemporary songs as well as the aforementioned reworking of Django Reinhardt, released their first eponymous EP last year and followed up with a collection of their take on some Django Reinhardt standards, “Singin’ Django” earlier this year.

Their collaboration has been incredibly well received and the band are currently regarded as one of the most promising talents off the burgeoning Dutch jazz scene.

As befits a Jazz-singer, Eva Scholten has a both a voice and vocal range that is well worth listening out, for as can heard here on their reworking of Michel Fugain’s “Une Belle Histoire.”

Here’s a video of their take on Charles Aznavour’s “Je me voyais déjà” – it’s very enjoyable and makes me yearn for a trip to one of those renowned European jazz festivals, especially with Eva moonlighting in the vocal quartet YesSisterJazzSister.