Biography

C'est la Vie is:
Ed Perenyi: Guitar, Lee Daniels: Guitar, Mike Burns: Upright Bass, Gary Lader - Accordion, Bill Nixon - Fiddle
On Occasion: Zsolt Vegh: Guitar

C'est la Vie

The year was 2015.

Ed Perenyi (guitar) was visiting local music stores to hang up flyers promoting an upcoming performance of The Bach Choir of Bethlehem. Mike Burns (upright bass) was looking for music teachers for his sons to learn guitar and drums. Both ended up entering Zsolt Vegh's Nazareth Harmony music store and lesson center in Nazareth, PA. Upon opening the door, the spirit of Gypsy Jazz pioneer, Django Reinhardt, filled the room from music being played over the store speakers, Zsolt Vegh (guitar) playing his gypsy guitar, and the numerous photos of Django and the Paris-based Quintette du Hot Club de France framed on the walls. It didn't take long for the three of them to share their love of music and most importantly gypsy jazz in order to form the band C'est la Vie.

Over the next few years, they studied together and learned many gypsy jazz tunes played by great musicians such as Django Reinhardt, Stéphane Grappelli, Biréli Lagrène, Stochelo Rosenberg, Jimmy Rosenberg, and countless others. They also played shows which included three Bethlehem Area Public Library events to benefit/fundraise for the Coolidge Building Grand Opening, 11Fest for Studio 11, and a Bookfair to Benefit the Bethlehem Area Public Library at Barnes & Noble, Center Valley, PA - where Gary Lader (accordion) sat in.

2020 brought the pandemic and a tough decision for Zsolt to move his family to Arizona. Later that year Gary, Ed, and Mike began to play together to see if they could make something happen. Gary introduced Bill Nixon (fiddle) to the band in early 2021 and in June, they played the 90th Anniversary of the Historic Bethlehem Rose Garden in Bethlehem’s Rose Garden Park in Bethlehem, PA.

Early 2022, brought another introduction by Gary of Lee Daniels (guitar), solidifying the lineup of C'est la Vie to have two guitars, upright bass, fiddle and accordion. Their first show as a 5-piece was in May 2022 on Main Street, Bethlehem at the 56th Annual Downtown Bethlehem Fine Art and Craft Show.