With a performance history spanning more than two decades, Pearl Django endures as one of the most highly regarded Hot Club style groups working today. Although the bands roots are firmly in the music made famous by Django Reinhardt and Stephane Grappelli, its extensive repertoire includes traditional jazz classics and original compositions. Pearl Django has performed at festivals, dances and nightspots throughout the U.S. and abroad. They have played at the prestigious Festival Django Reinhardt in Samois sur Seine and have been featured on NPRs All Things Considered. The bands signature style is marked by pristine and dexterous string work, colors of Bal Musette, the steady pulse of rhythm guitar and an unmistakable swing that delights audiences of all musical sensibilities. Throughout the years, Pearl Django has cultivated a devoted and enthusiastic following and they continue to play to packed houses wherever they perform.
Voted favorite area jazz band 2003,
by Seattle Weekly readers!
"Pearl Django play(s) gypsy jazzand they do it with such verve, skill and pleasure that
they're pretty much irresistible to jazz and non-jazz listeners alike."
Pearl Django: The gypsy jazz of Django Reinhardt done to perfection!
Paul de Barros, The Seattle Times (2002)
Tim Lerch , Guitar; Jim Char, Guitar; David Lange, Accordion; Michael Gray, Violin; Rick Leppanen, Bass
Background: (very brief)
The groups 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 NPRs 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. As of 2007 Pearl Django is working as both a quartet and a quintet (with accordionist, David Lange) All of the members are contributing original compositions to the bands expansive repertoire. They have released 12 CDs to date.
If Paris is the city of love, then Pearl Djangos music is the flirtatious accompaniment.
6Moons.com (review of Under Paris Skies)
Northwest Music Hall (View)
1402 SE Everett Mall Way
Everett, WA 98208-2857
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