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happy birthday, django!

January 21, 2010

Queen City Hot Club at the 2009 Burlington Discover Jazz Festival

Don’t we love those nice round anniversaries that end in “0”? Well, sure. And this weekend marks a big one, Saturday is the 100th birth anniversary of one of the greatest guitarists ever.

Jean “Django” Reinhardt was born to a Belgian Gypsy family on January 23rd, 1910. He played violin and banjo (his earliest known recordings made at around age 18 are with the banjo) but he’s best known as the guitar-playing pioneer of the Gypsy jazz or Gypsy “swing” style.

This music is crazy-great, whether it’s Django’s “Djangology” solos or later collaborations with violinst Stéphane Grappelli and the Hot Club de France, or the occasional partnerships with other jazz folks like Louis Armstrong and Coleman Hawkins.

Django’s legacy is multifaceted. His original tunes like Nuages and Swing 42 are beloved standards, while the gypsy jazz style he created has influenced every successive generation of performers. And then there’s the “hot club” heritage, with towns as disparate as Detroit, Austin, Montreal, San Francisco, and – yes, Paris too – all claiming a Hot Club of their own to perpetuate the picking, strumming, hard-swinging, good times Django sound.

Burlington is the home of the newly formed Queen City Hot Club, and I’m happy to say they live up to every bit of their name in carrying out the considerable ‘hot club’ legacy. Ready to celebrate Django’s 100th? You can catch Jim Stout, Jim McCuen & Jared Volpe of the Queen City Hot Club at the downtown Bluebird Tavern in a set tomorrow (Friday) night, 9-11pm.

Happy birthday, Django!

throw a stone, you can’t miss

October 12, 2009
On Church Street

Last week on Burlington's Church Street

The thing about music in Vermont is that it’s everywhere.

Same with poetry, visual and performance art, and literary and learning events of one kind or another.

On a recent September Monday I reviewed the evening’s options and realized within an hour’s drive I could participate in an equinox stargazing party at a local library, see an internationally-recorgnized author speaking on worldwide food production, hear a piano trio performing Beethoven, or attend a reading of Robert Frost’s autumnal poetry.

Many days are like that.

Autumn’s already shaping up to be rich with offerings,  a few upcoming suggestions are below. You’ll notice most of these take place in Central/Northern Vermont. It’s because that’s where I live, and these are the ones I have the best chance of actually experiencing.

There are an equal number of  events and performances taking place in other areas of the state, so by all means look to your local arts/cultural scene and don’t just stop here!

Oct. 13, 8-10pm @ the Bluebird Tavern, Burlington: guitarist Jim Stout  and the Queen City Hot Club in an evening of gypsy jazz and gourmet cuisine. A fabulous combination.

Oct. 20 @ the Hopkins Center, Dartmouth College: Indian classical musicians, Ravi and Anoushka Shankar

Oct. 23 @ the UVM recital hall (part of the Lane Series): German keyboardist Andraes Staier, whose Bach will make you wonder how you ever listened to that music before Staier came along.

Oct. 23-Nov. 1 @ Palace Nine Theatre, South Burlington: the Vermont International Film Festival

through Oct. 25 @ the Shelburne Museum: Nature by Design, an exhibit highlighting Louis Comfort Tiffany’s Art Nouveau creations

through Oct. 25 @ the FlynnSpace in Burlington: Opus – a play about what happens as a string quartet prepares for their highest profile performance ever, as the group’s personal dynamics create as much tension as there is on any violin’s bridge.

Oct. 25 @ Langdon Street Cafe in Montpelier: local blues man Dave Keller hosts a tribute to blues legend Koko Taylor

through Oct. 29 @ Club Metronome, Burlington: New Orleans’ own trombone funk band, Bonerama as the artists-in residence Thursday evenings through October

Oct. 30 @ the Hopkins Center, Dartmouth College: the Ying Quartet in the final concert of their weeklong residency

all month (October) long @ the Black Door, Montpelier: pick a night, any night

Nov. 1 on the Flynn Main Stage: the extraordinary jazz/blues singer Dee Dee Bridgewater in a tribute program to Billie Holiday

Oct. 13-Nov. 25 @ the Fleming Museum: (exhibit) Cuban Artists’ Books and Prints, 1985-2008

the whole season at Chandler Center for the Arts in Randolph: especially noting pianist Simone Dinnerstein’s Vermont return with an all-Bach program on January 23



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