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Django Reinhardt Birthday Celebration 3-Day Pass (1/24/20-1/26/20)

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Django Reinhardt Birthday Celebration 3-Day Pass (1/24/20-1/26/20) at Freight & Salvage!

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Django Reinhardt Birthday Celebration

Join The Freight to celebrate the life and music of Django Reinhardt with three days of shows and workshops. Festival Artistic Director Paul Mehling and The Freight’s program director Peter Williams have assembled an all-star, international lineup of musicians.

Biréli Lagrène Trio

What is left today of the child prodigy that was Biréli Lagrène? - A wonderful musician, a magician of the guitar 's most dazzling, a "choreographer" of the six-strings as they are currently on the fingers of one hand.

From the beginning, music was his language, and the Reinhardt school. Destiny inevitable when one is born, like him, in Alsace (1966), which comes from the large gypsy family, and the chance that identifies you as a gifted in this area. Spirit quicksilver Biréli pigera quickly history. Beyond rigor which was that of learning (with his father and with his brother), this incredible blend of strength and precision Lagrène the badge will grace never forget the essential: "Django m 'helped to see what is happening elsewhere," he likes to recall. This great lesson of freedom, he was able to capture like no other, his first major public benefits (including Montreux, 1981) offer a striking testimony.

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Christine Tassan et Les Imposteures

With a decade and a half of bringing their special blend of Gypsy Swing and revisited cover songs to audiences, Christine Tassan et les Imposteures have made a name for themselves on the music scene. The latest show of these four exquisitely talented female musicians brings together some of the best works by Django Reinhardt, Félix Leclerc and American swing composers. With a singular mix of virtuosity, daring and humour, the four-woman string band draws inspiration from one artist’s poetry and the other’s swing to weave a rich new musical universe, an ode to freedom and creativity.

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Pearl Django

“If Paris is the city of love, then Pearl Django’s music is the flirtatious accompaniment.” —6Moons.com (review of Under Paris Skies)

The group’s 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 NPR’s 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 band’s expansive repertoire. They have released 12 CDs to date.

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Gonzalo Bergara & The New Hot Cub of America

Gonzalo Bergara has emerged a virtuoso composer and lead guitarist. Mixing a cascade of arpeggios with the sounds of Paris and his native Argentina, he has forged his own style of progressive Gypsy Jazz. His music exists in a way that very little music does. He has lavished such care on every phrase, built each arrangement with such lapidary precision and pared away anything extraneous, the music becomes sculpture. It has weight, density, gravity. This is serious….and deeply moving.

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Hot Club of San Francisco Reunion

The Hot Club of San Francisco has been bringing Jazz Manouche (or gypsy jazz) to audiences around the world for 30 years. Hitting all of the great venues: Festival de Django Reinhardt at Samois sur Seine, Monterey Jazz Festival, Wolf Trap Theater, etc.and creating 15 wildly popular recordings. Personnel changes through the years have yielded some great combinations of synergistic magic - including the current lineup on Saturday. Reaching back to the early days in the last century, we're recreating the cast from one of our best-selling CDs "Swing This" featuring founding member Steven Strauss on string bass, the lovely vocals and swinging guitar of Sylvia Herold, founding member Julian Smedley on violin, bassist from the first 2 recordings Evan Dain, and the elegant violin of Jeremy Cohen. There will be some surprise guests too. For our faithful fans who have followed us fearlessly through the years Friday's reunion will be a fantastic show.

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Henry Acker

Henry Acker is a fifteen year old gypsy jazz guitarist in the style of Django Reinhardt and with abilities far beyond his years. After playing for only six years, he has already shared the stage with jazz greats Bucky Pizzarelli, Frank Vignola, Julian Lage and Andreas Oberg as well as Gypsy Jazz legends Samson Schmitt, Mozes Rosenberg, Adrien Moignard, Joscho Stephane, Gonzalo Bergara, and Stephane Wrembel. He is the winner of the 2017 Djangofest North West Saga Award and a three time winner of the Downbeat Magazine Student Award for jazz guitar soloist. Based In Boston, MA, he also dazzles audiences at clubs and jazz festivals across the United States and Europe. He performs with his father, jazz guitarist Victor Acker and his Uncle Dana Acker on the double bass - both Berklee College of Music alum. Henry's career is in full swing and red hot. He really must be seen to be believed. Ladies and gentleman, presenting Henry Acker!

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