Eric Vanderbilt-Mathews and the EVM All Star
Sep
20
8:00 pm20:00

Eric Vanderbilt-Mathews and the EVM All Star

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A Whidbey native, Eric has been coming to DFNW as a fan since the beginning.  He started on violin at age four, switched to piano a year later, and then picked up clarinet and saxophone in middle school.  Since then, Eric has focused on classical and jazz studies in high school and at the University of Washington, deciding on saxophone as his primary focus. 

Over the past several years he would join the jams at DFNW, strengthening his improvisational skills.  Last year, Eric had his first chance to perform in the festival as a sideman with Ranger and the Re-Arrangers and the Hot Club of Troy. This year he was asked to perform as a leader, so he set forth to assemble an all star band of epic players from across the continent.  Blending the compositional influence, solidity of groove, and swing feel of Django Reinhardt and Louis Armstrong with the harmonic and lyrical freedom of contemporary improvised music, the EVM All-Stars attempt to pay homage to the great jazz tradition.

Eric Vanderbilt-Mathews – Saxophone
Luca Pino - Guitar
Chris McCarthy - Piano
Greg Feingold - Bass

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Hot Club Sandwich / EVM All Stars
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Hot Club Sandwich
Sep
20
8:00 pm20:00

Hot Club Sandwich

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More than fifteen years ago, hot-jazz string band Hot Club Sandwich was founded in Olympia, WA.  With two guitars, bass, violin, mandolin, and drums, each band member is also a contributing composer and arranger, and everyone in the band sings.  The forthcoming fifth Hot Club Sandwich recording No Pressure features a title track by the group’s 74-year-old guitarist Ray Wood and a guest appearance by mandolinist David Grisman.  As the name suggests, the Hot Club Sandwich repertoire carries a reverence for Gypsy Jazz along with folkloric influences from around the world that flourished during the same era.   In some cases, the band has been known to venture into Western twang territory, including in collaboration with the late legend Dan Hicks.

Kevin Connor - Guitar
Joseph Mascorella - Drums
James Schneider - Bass
Matt Sircely -  Mandolin
Tim Wetmiller - Violin
Ray Wood - Guitar

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Occidental Gypsy
Sep
21
8:00 pm20:00

Occidental Gypsy

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Brothers Brett and Jeff Feldman founded the Gypsy-fusion band Occidental Gypsy, incorporating folk, blues, klezmer, and Latin influences.  The band tours nationally and is considered among the many new heirs of the Django Reinhardt legacy. 

Occidental Gypsy’s second full-length album 44070 was released this past January.   Two of the instrumental songs are about historic events; ‘Vrba’ is about an individual’s heroics to save people from death in Nazi Germany. ‘Children’s March’ is about a Civil rights event in the U.S.  The rest are covers of Django Reinhardt favorites and jazz standards.  Band member Eli Bishop, award-winning violin prodigy, has won a Guinness World Record for fastest clapping (featured in the song ‘Messalina’).

Brett Lee Feldman - Lead Guitar | Primary Composer/Arranger
Eli Bishop - Violin | Co-Arranger
Jeremy Frantz - Guitar | Lead Vocals
Jon Chapman - Percussion
Jeff “JPhat" Feldman - Bass

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Black Market Trust
Sep
21
8:00 pm20:00

Black Market Trust

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The Black Market Trust are an American pop/vocal jazz band that combines the sound of the great American crooners and vocal groups with the romantic Eastern European gypsy fire of jazz guitarist Django Reinhardt. Consisting of five world-class musicians who have traveled the globe recording, and performing on some of the world’s biggest stages with music’s most renowned artists.  With their first album, the band established themselves as leaders and innovators of the style.  Their second album is the critically acclaimed and commercially successful II, with their stylized and modern take on the Great American songbook.  The addition of vocals and drums gave the band their first top 10 radio hit with a rendition of the classic ‘Route 66’.   Their current album Just One of Those Things is available now, featuring the songs ‘Almost Like Being In Love", the Brian Wilson classic ‘God Only Knows’, and the Jamaican Rocksteady-inspired original tune ‘Please Stay’.  Their music has also been featured on the ABC Television series Happy Endings and the Hulu original program Casual

Jeffrey Radaich - Guitar | Vocals
Nick Coventry - Violin | Vocals
Chris Irwin - Guitar | Vocals
Brian Netzley - Bass | Vocals
Brandon Laws - Drums | Vocals

Black Market Trust / Occidental Gypsy
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Antoine and Samuelito
Sep
22
3:00 pm15:00

Antoine and Samuelito

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Antoine Boyer & Samuelito met at the Conservatoire de Paris in Gérard Abiton’s classical guitar class.  They soon started to play together and developed a new duet repertoire combining different influences and techniques from jazz, flamenco, classical, and pop.  They played their first concert together at the Issoudun Guitar Festival in 2014.  Their performances at the Samois Django Reinhardt Festival and DjangoFest Northwest have earned them standing ovations.  Winners of the fourth European Guitar Award in Dresden, they will appear in several concerts and have just recorded an album, Coincidence, with the label Doctor Heart Music.

Antoine Boyer & Samuelito’s personalities naturally blend together to explore a whole range of aesthetics.  While discovering each other’s music, they not only interpret Django Reinhardt and Paco de Lucía, but also other musicians like David Bowie and Roland Dyens. Their respective steel/nylon techniques merge and form one unique sound, and their compositions Double Sens and Si Fuera Realidad have already captured the imagination of enthusiastic audiences in many countries.

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The Hot Club of Troy
Sep
22
3:00 pm15:00

The Hot Club of Troy

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The Hot Club of Troy, founded by guitarist Troy Chapman, is an acoustic jazz group from Whidbey Island, WA specializing in the Hot Swing/Gypsy Jazz style of legendary guitarist Django Reinhardt. The group places an emphasis on the performance of the compositions of the jazz master as well as the relaying of the history of the Artist, his music and his times.  The group's first album Django, featuring ten tunes composed by Django Reinhardt, was released March 2017.

Troy Chapman - Guitar
Eric Vanderbilt-Mathews - Piano
Keith Bowers - Guitar
Kristi O'Donnell - Bass

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The Rosenbergs
Sep
22
8:00 pm20:00

The Rosenbergs

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This supremely talented young generation from the Rosenberg family brings the repertoire of Django Reinhardt, jazz standards, and vocal jazz at its best!  Besides the Django and Gypsy Swing repertoire, the Rosenbergs explore modern jazz as well, and have performed for several consecutive years at the prestigious Dutch ‘Edison Jazz Awards’, and toured with master pianist Rob van Bavel and the great vibraphonist Frits Landesbergen.

Featuring:

Mozes Rosenberg

Mozes Rosenberg

Johnny Rosenberg

Johnny Rosenberg

Arnaud vanden Berg

Arnaud vanden Berg

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Trio Dinicu
Sep
22
8:00 pm20:00

Trio Dinicu

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Hailed as “dazzling” by the San Francisco Chronicle, Trio Dinicu combines the forces of three highly distinguished musicians: Luanne Homzy, a world-renowned concert violinist; Tommy Davy, a virtuoso guitarist of the young generation of Franco-Russian guitar; and Frank Anastasio, a legendary gypsy jazz bassist, vocalist, and guitarist.

Highly regarded for their creativity, Trio Dinicu blends acrobatic technique with the improvisatory language of jazz and the richness of Eastern European folk, including Romanian violin, Russian balalaika, and French ‘Jazz Hot’.  Their music pays homage to the golden age of the Parisian-Russian cabaret.  The Trio is named after the Romanian virtuoso violinist and composer Grigoras Ionica Dinicu, who influenced Jascha Heifetz and was admired by Stephane Grappelli, the world’s most famous jazz violinist.  They have performed for audiences across the United States, Europe and Canada.

Their first album Trio Dinicu: Live in Los Angeles (Hot Club Records) was released at DjangoFest Northwest in 2013.

Luanne Homzy  -Violin
Tommy Davy - Guitar
Frank Anastasio - Double Bass

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Christine Tassan et les Imposteures
Sep
23
3:00 pm15:00

Christine Tassan et les Imposteures

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With close to 15 years of bringing their special blend of Gypsy Jazz and revisited cover songs to audiences, Christine Tassan et les Imposteures have made a name for themselves on the music scene.  Tireless explorers of the Gypsy Jazz world, the four-woman band confirms their originality and offers a show sparkling with invigorating ingredients, bringing together some of the best work by Félix Leclerc and Django Reinhardt. 
 

One night in 1951, two musical legends, Quebec chansonnier, Félix Leclerc and gypsy guitarist Django Reinhardt, stayed at the same hotel.   Leclerc, next door, turned to his wife and said, “That guy is keeping me awake, but can he ever play!"  And thus, a friendship was born and rumor has it that Leclerc even took a few guitar lessons from the Gypsy master.  The rest is the product of the intensely creative imagination of the quartet.  It is, of course, a fantastic tribute to a pair of great artists who, on their respective continents, had such a lasting impact on their time and culture. 

Pioneers in a domain usually reserved for men, the Imposteures were precursors of the gypsy Jazz wave that swept across Quebec.  This all-woman quartet continues to reinvent this timeless music while integrating new ideas and influences with originality and flair.  From standards to original compositions, the Imposteures musical arrangements innovate, rejuvenate, and leave room for unbridled creativity from these extremely talented young women. 

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Joscho Stephan / Christine Tassan et les Imposteures
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Joscho Stephan
Sep
23
3:00 pm15:00

Joscho Stephan

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His roots in Gypsy Swing,  Joscho Stephan has not only absorbed this music, he also interprets it on the highest level and is actively engaged in extending its boundaries.

After performing together, great jazz musicians such as Paquito de Rivera, James Carter, Charlie Mariano and Grady Tate enthusiastically praised the talented newcomer.  He has toured Australia with top guitarists Martin Taylor and Tommy Emmanuel and has performed with his own bands, trio to quintet, on numerous important European festivals in Slovenia, Italy, France, Poland and the UK and of course on all important Django Reinhardt Festivals in Samois, Langley, Mill Valley, etc.  His concert appearances in New York's Lincoln Center and the American country capitol Nashville were equally well-received, as were his performances in the New Yorker jazz shrine Birdland.  His debut album Swinging Strings was named CD of the month by Guitar Player magazine.  His 2015 album Guitar Heroes features the best Gypsy players of today, Stochelo Rosenberg and Biréli Lagrène, and also the fingerstyle virtuoso Tommy Emmanuel. Joining Joscho at DjangoFest Northwest is the rhythm section from the Black Market Trust and the Gonzalo Bergara Quartet, featuring  Jeffrey Radaich on guitar and Brian Netzley on bass.

Featuring:

Jeffery Radaich

Jeffery Radaich

Brian Netzley

Brian Netzley

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Sep
23
8:00 pm20:00

Samson Schmitt and Tim Kliphuis Quintet

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A true premiere!  Samson brings his two cousins Benji and Panche to the States for the first time, presenting an all-star European line-up with Dutch violin ace Tim Kliphuis and DjangoFest's favorite bassist Simon Planting.

Featuring:

Samson Schmitt

Samson Schmitt

Panche Weiss

Panche Weiss

Tim Kliphuis

Tim Kliphuis

Benji Winterstein

Benji Winterstein

Simon Planting

Simon Planting

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Sep
24
3:00 pm15:00

Ollie Soikkeli and Julien Labro Quartet

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Finnish guitarist Olli Soikkeli and French accordionist Julien Labro met each other at a festival in Colorado in 2016.  Both based in New York City, they decided to join forces and bring their new take to the Gypsy Jazz style.   Joined by Brazilian bassist Eduardo Belo and rhythm guitarist Max O'Rourke, they'll be performing their dynamic and fiery arrangements of Gypsy Jazz standards and original compositions.

Olli Soikkeli

Olli Soikkeli

Eduardo Belo

Eduardo Belo

Julien Labro

Julien Labro

Max O'Rourke

Max O'Rourke

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Robin Nolan Trio
Sep
24
3:00 pm15:00

Robin Nolan Trio

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Robin Nolan, the former Amsterdam street performer turned international gypsy rock star and prolific educator, is now legendary in the Django world. Always expanding the boundaries of gypsy jazz, his latest release Sin City fuses the worlds of his two guitar heroes, Django Reinhardt and Angus Young. Nolan's critically acclaimed album has taken AC/DC anthems and reworked them gypsy jazz style.  Expect to be entertained as well as moved by Nolan's music, which draws from The Beatles, Ravi Shankar, 80's pop hits and, of course, Django Reinhardt.

This year has seen Robin invited back to the Django Reinhardt festival in Fontainebleau, France, which is where it all started for him after a trip there with his father in 1990 changed his life forever.  Gypsy Jazz has been Robin's passion ever since and, as well as performing all over the world, he has built up a large digital audience through his books, online courses, and magazine "Gypsy Jazz Guitar Secrets" which has helped countless guitarist play Django's music. 

Featuring:

Jeffrey Radaich - Guitar

Jeffrey Radaich - Guitar

Arnaud van den Berg - Bass

Arnaud van den Berg - Bass

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Henry Acker Trio - 2017 DjangoFest Saga Award-Winner!
Sep
24
7:00 pm19:00

Henry Acker Trio - 2017 DjangoFest Saga Award-Winner!

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The Henry Acker Trio is made up of 13-year-old guitar prodigy Henry, his father, Victor Acker on rhythm guitar, and his uncle Dana Acker on double bass. The trio began when Henry was nine years old and starting to amass an impressive repertoire of gypsy tunes. Very quickly the word spread and soon the trio was performing for Harvard, MIT, festivals across the New England, and some of Boston’s premier jazz clubs. With a sincere love of playing this beautiful music, The Henry Acker Trio continues to generate momentum and a buzz with Henry at the helm.

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The Djam: Gypsy Soul
Sep
24
7:00 pm19:00

The Djam: Gypsy Soul

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Samson Schmitt with his cousins Benji and Panche, Tim Kilphuis, Mozes and Johnny Rosenberg, Robin Nolan, Christine Tassan, Luanne Homzy, Olli Soikkeli, Julian Labro, Joscho Stephan, Antoine and Samuelito, Tommy Davy, Henry Acker., Christiaan van Hemert and more!

The djam of djams - organized by Simon Planting!

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