Pearl Django, Hot Gypsy Jazz from Seattle, WA

Thursday, June 5 ~ 7 pm

Jazz at the Vineyard, Paschal Winery (1122 Suncrest Road, Talent, OR)

Please call 541-488-3869 or email "> to be on the wait list.

Siskiyou Music Project kicks off it’s Summer Concert Series with Seattle based Gypsy jazz group Pearl Django. The will be the groups first time appearing as a quintet with their accordion player David Lange. Also in the group is Troy Chapman on Guitar; Ryan Hoffman, Guitar; Michael Gray, Violin & Rick Leppanen, Bass

Now in their eighteenth year of performing, Pearl Django continues to be one of America¹s most respected and busiest Hot Club style groups. Though still strongly influenced by the music of Django Reinhardt, Pearl Django¹s repertoire now includes many original compositions. Their music reaches out across the divides of taste to a wide variety of audiences. The band’s fervent followers include Django Reinhardt and Stephane Grappelli fans, guitar enthusiasts (and guitarists!), lovers of string music, including bluegrass devotees, who relish nimble, clean, intricate picking, “world music” fans drawn to French and Gypsy accents, plus jazz buffs and aficionados of the new swing music.

Transcending simple categorization, Pearl Django packs in enthusiastic audiences at dancehalls and nightclubs, at folk music festivals and jazz festivals alike. The group¹s inception was as a trio in Tacoma, Washington in 1994.  The focus of Pearl Django was, and is, to incorporate the music of Django Reinhardt and Stephane Grappelli with American swing music. They quickly expanded to a quintet, adding a violinist and a third guitarist.  An interview on NPR¹s All Things Considered in 2001 brought the group to national attention. In June 2002, Pearl Django performed at the prestigious Festival Django Reinhardt in Samois sur Seine, just outside of Paris, France. They have released 11 CDs to date.