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.
Christine Tassan et les Imposteures
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.
Joscho Stephan / Christine Tassan et les Imposteures
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