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Please help us welcome Pearl Django to Baltimore!
Sunday April 6, 2014
3:00PM Workshop 6:30PM Concert

This is only the second time we've hosted a five piece band. They're still talking about the first one (Frank Vignola's Quintet). This promises to be a truly legendary evening. What do you think, dance floor?



PEARL DJANGO (www.pearldjango.com)

With a performance history spanning almost two decades, Pearl Django endures as one of the most highly regarded Hot Club style groups working today. Although the band’s roots are firmly in the music made famous by Django Reinhardt and Stephan 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 NPR’s “All Things Considered.” The band’s 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 jazz…and they do it with such verve, skill and pleasure that they're pretty much irresistible to jazz and non-jazz listeners alike." 

—Seattle Weekly 

 

“Pearl Django: The gypsy jazz of Django Reinhardt done to perfection!”

—Paul de Barros, The Seattle Times (2002)

 

Members: 

Ryan Hoffman & Troy Chapman, Guitar; Michael Gray, Violin; 

David Lange, Accordion; Rick Leppanen, Bass

 

Background: (very brief)

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.  In 1999, along with the release of their third and fourth CDs, the group incorporated their own record label, Modern Hot Records. At about the same time, MHR signed a national distribution agreement with City Hall Records in San Rafael, California.  The October 2000 release of Avalon put the group on the national map with seven weeks of Gavin top-forty airplay and sales of 15,000 copies.  In May 2001, Pearl Django was featured on All Things Considered.  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 11 CDs to date.

 

“If Paris is the city of love, then Pearl Django’s music is the flirtatious accompaniment.”

—6Moons.com (review of Under Paris Skies)

 

Performance Highlights:

Along the West coast, Pearl Django has performed from Los Angeles to Fairbanks; East Coast, from Florida to New York.  Festival performances include: Festival Django Reinhardt, Samois sur Seine, France; les Rendez-Vous de l’Erdre, Nantes, France; Sacramento Jazz Jubilee; Django Festival Iceland; Django Fest Northwest, Whidbey Island, Washington; Django Fest SF, Redwood City, California; Juneau Folk Festival, Juneau, Alaska; Capital City Jazz Festival, Madison, Wisconsin; Sweet and Hot Festival, Los Angeles, California; Great Connecticut Jazz Festival, Guilford, Connecticut;; Mission Folk Festival, Mission B.C.; Bumbershoot & Folklife Festival, Seattle, Washington; Wintergrass (a bluegrass festival),  Washington, Jazz Alley, Seattle, Washington; Sun Valley Jazz Jubilee, Sun Valley, Idaho.

 

Discography:

Eleven - 2012

Systeme D - 2010

Modern Times - 2007

Chasing Shadows - 2005

Swing 48 — 2003

Under Paris Skies — 2002

Avalon – 2000 (over 16,000 copies sold)

Souvenirs – 1999  (out of print)

Mystery Pacific – 1999 (out of print)

New Metropolitan Swing – 1997 (out of print)

Le Jazz Hot – 1995 (out of print)

 

 

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Tim and Myles Thompson were fantastic in March of 2014!























It’s not surprising that Tim and Myles Thompson’s new album, Time4Me2Go, is filled with complex, masterfully played tracks. Fans of their live shows are frequently dazzled by the often otherworldly, synchronized unity of their music. After all, the father / son duo have been playing together now for, basically, all of Myles’ 19 years.

Time4Me2Go, the duo’s fourth studio release, is keenly focused on the sound the duo delivers live. There are no studio tricks or overdubs needed to display the sharp interplay between the two.

Though predominately written by Tim, a respected award-winning Nashville session guitarist and songwriter, both contribute equally to the direction of the album. “We wanted to do a record that was just one fiddle, one guitar and two voices,” Tim says. “We have similar voices and tastes. We don’t have to think too much to play together. It’s like osmosis.”

See te video below and check out www.timthompsonguitar.com for motivation and inspiration. All seats will go quickly for this one. Reserve now.

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This is a small-venue concert series where you can see world-class entertainers up close in a wonderfully intimate environment. Concerts are held on our stage at the Baltimore Guitar School in Hunt Valley, Maryland. With professional lighting and sound, there is not a bad seat in the house. Larger shows are held at Towson University and Goucher College, both in the Baltimore area.

We also host Instructional Guitar Workshops, Clinics and Masterclasses with most of our headliners.

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