Posts Tagged ‘Django Reinhardt’

djangology

January 23, 2011

Happy birthday #101 Django!

à la france

July 25, 2010

It’s the time of the year when Paris empties out as her residents leave the city in search of cooler and more ocean-oriented places to spend the summer.

That leaves a lot of French entertainers, with no one to entertain. We’ve invited them to visit World of Music this week for a tout-français show. Aldo Romano, Emilie Loizeau, Django Reinhardt…they’re all coming, and we’ll even have a special guest appearance from the French first lady, chanteuse Carla Bruni.

World of Music is a fully accented bouillabaisse of blues, poetry, jazz, and international music every Monday from 3-5pm ET on the Radiator. Online, or at 105.9FM if you’re listening in Burlington, VT. (Use the online option if you’re one of those last poor remaining folks still sweating it out in Paris right now.)

have wingtips, will tap.

June 12, 2010

Gypsy jazz guitarist Jim Stout

The Queen City Hot Club made its debut during last year’s Discover Jazz Festival. A year later, they have two Leunig’s appearances this weekend as the Festival wraps up: today, from 2-5pm and tomorrow from 1-4pm.

Keep an eye here for an interview with Jim Stout (leader of the Hot Club), coming soon. More pics too. We talked recently, and Jim shared a lot of interesting insights about his history playing Django-stlye jazz.

Leaving now to get back to the waterfront tent for the 5pm show with the Easy Star All-Stars and the Wailing Souls. And then Sonny Rollins tonight at the Flynn Center.

I’m on ‘great music’ overload this weekend!

playlist #99 (1/25/2010)-gypsy jazz swingin’

January 26, 2010
World of Music
Pgm #99 – Happy birthday, Django! Celebrating the guitar master’s life, music, and lasting legacy
Listen Mondays 3-5pm EDT  – at 105.9FM in Burlington, VT or online at The Radiator
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Nas with Youssou N’Dour & Neneh Cherry: Wake Up (It’s Africa Calling) / Open Remix / http://www.intrahealth.org/open/ (download) – (USA / SENEGAL)
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Django Reinhardt & Coleman Hawkins: Nuages / Nuages / Arkadia Jazz 71431 – (FRANCE)
Zotran Predin & Mar Django Quartet: Our Planet is a Dancer / Amant à Toutes Fins Utiles (All-Purpose Lover) / Levi Breg 2005 – (SERBIA)
Will Patton Ensemble: Valse 29 / 6th Street Runaround / King’s Hill Music 2008 – (MADE IN VT)
John Jorgenson: La Journée des Tziganes / Ultraspontane /  JJ 7050 – (USA)
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Swing Noire: Tchavolo Swing / Hot Jazz in the Tradition of Django Reinhardt & The Quintette of the Hot Club of France / http://www.swingnoire.com 2009 – (MADE IN VT) *NEW*
Paname Dandies: Les Chips / Le Swing de L’Escargot / Volvox Music 703 – (FRANCE)
Romane: Passion / Impair & Valse / Arco Iris 3001 821 – (FRANCE)
Benoît Charest & Béatrice Bonifsassi: Belleville Rendez-Vous / The Triplets of Belleville soundtrack / Higher Octave Music 96811 – (FRANCE)
Kruno: Spiderman / Gypsy Jazz Guitar / GJD 2006002 – (CROATIA)
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Orchestre Tropical d’Haïtï featuring Ti Joe Zenny: Gason Total / 40 ème Anniversaire Vol. 1 / SOCD 6 – (HAITI)
Cedric Watson: Cochon de Lait / Cedric Watson / Valcour Records 4 – (N’AWLINS)
Sierra Leone Refugee All-Stars: Watching All Your Ways / Rise & Shine / Cumbancha 18 – (SIERRA LEONE) *NEW – to be released on 3/23/2010*
Frank Vignola: Swing Gitane / 100 Years of Django / Azica 72244 – (USA)
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Twobadou: An Chime / en Folie / Antilles Mizik 9107 – (HAITI)
Lhasa: I’m Going In / Lhasa / Nettwerk 30844 – (CANADA) *Remembering Lhasa, d. 1/1/2010*
Hot Club of Detroit & Dave Bennett, clarinet: J’Attendrai / Night Town / Mack Avenue 1041 – (DETROIT, MI)
Rebati Kay-La: Rebuild the House / Konbit: Burning Rhythms of Haiti / A&M 5281 – (HAITI)
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Hot Club of Cowtown: Orange Blossom Special / Continental Stomp /  Hightone Records 8163 – (AUSTIN, TX)
Hot Club of San Francisco: La Gitane / Postcards from Gypsyland / Lost Wax Records 501 – (SAN FRANCISCO, CA) *At the Woodstock Town Hall Theatre 2/6: “Silent Surrealism” (1920s silent Surrealist films with live music) – http://www.pentanglearts.org/events/event.cfm?EventID=138 *
Hot Club of Detroit: Stompin’ at Decca / Hot Club of Detroit / Mack Avenue 1030 – (DETROIT, MI)
Biréli Lagrène: Swing 49 / Django Reinhardt NY Festival 2000 Live at Birdland / Division One 83498 – (FRANCE)
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Ti-Loca & Wanga Nègès: An Tan Mango / Haïti-Colibri / Accordes-Croisés 127 – (HAITI)
Big Joe Burrell & Sandra Wright: I Love Him So/Three Times / Vermont Blues & Jazz Festival 1999 / The Creation Foundation 1999 – (MADE IN VT) *Remembering Sanda Wright, d. 1/11/2010*
Tchavolo Schmitt: Antsela / French Essentials / Burex Jazz 5 – (FRANCE)
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Django Reinhardt & the Quintette de Hot Club de France: When Day Is Done / Classic 1936-1937 Recordings / Naxos 8.120686 – (FRANCE)
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le jazz hot

January 24, 2010

Gypsy jazz, gypsy swing, le jazz hot – whatever you want to call it, you know the sound even if the description is elusive.

This week’s World of Music celebrates the 100th birthday (1/23/1910) of the legendary gypsy guitarist Django Reinhardt. We’ll pay homage to the master with his own recordings, with like-minded successors Biréli Lagrène and Romane, and with an international selection of gypsy jazz guitarists.

We’ll check out some of the diverse “Hot Club” groups that carry on the gypsy swing legacy in cities like Detroit, Philly, San Francisco, and Austin, TX. On the homefront, we’ll hear how gypsy jazz is alive and well in the nimble hands of folks like Will Patton, and Swing Noire (with their brand new recording!).

World of Music is a plucky, swinging mix of blues, jazz, poetry, and world music every Monday from 3-5pm ET on the Radiator.  Online, or at 105.9FM if you’re listening in Burlington, VT.

on django’s 100th

January 23, 2010

Quote of the day from NPR’s tribute to Django Reinhardt this morning: “Django was music made into a man.”

This is sweet:

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!

BDJ Festival, days 8-10: the wrap

June 16, 2009
And on the seventh day, the sousaphone rested.

And on the seventh day... (the sousaphone rested.)

Well maybe it says enough about the last three days of the Burlington Discover Jazz Festival that I didn’t have time to jump in here and share an update until now, two days after it has ended.

Every day was filled with tents and stages, artists and good friends, and dancing to the sounds of the area’s best street performers and school-aged bands and ensembles.

Each night rang with music from the festival’s headliners and the wide variety of acts in neighborhood clubs, cafés and streetside patios.

Reggae, gypsy swing, close harmony, experimental, big band, little band, funk, African drumming, a Fela Kuti tribute, and gospel singing…we didn’t miss anything.

Impossible to pick out the best of the lot from the last three days: was it the Branford Marsalis concert last Friday evening, where we were

Corey Harris

Corey Harris

introduced to his brilliant new 18-year old (!) drummer? The after-party at the Thai restaurant with the area’s hottest Afro-Cuban jam band? Maybe it was the inspiring City Park sidewalk drawing contest, and deep reggae groove at the Waterfront Tent on Saturday night. Or Anat Cohen’s off-the-charts performance on opening night. Or, the gospel singers on the Marketplace Sunday afternoon, followed by the sweet swing of Django stylings at the local coffee house.

Really impossible.

I can tell you I didn’t see and hear everything I wanted to during the Festival’s 10 days: on Saturday night I made the call to stay in the Tent and ride out the rain with   Pato Banton’s positive jah vibes, instead of walking up the hill to hear Pink Martini singing at the Flynn

Lettuce @ the Waterfront Tent

Lettuce @ the Waterfront Tent

Theatre. That meant I also missed Martini’s hot opening act, the innovative, quirky, and unconventionally ingenious Sneakin’ Out. Great fun! Or so I heard. They played typewriters. Apparently really well. I do regret missing that.

It was a strong Festival with a lot of high points: planned, many unplanned, and several that weren’t even directly related to the Festival. (The banjo happening at the Firehouse Gallery – unbelievable.)

The only act that didn’t quite measure up artistically was still entertaining. Saxophonist/vocalist/songwriter Grace Kelly lit up the FlynnSpace last Tuesday night with her charm and natural stage presence, even if her music didn’t reach that same level of accomplishment. It’s a tough one to criticize. She’s 17, and the fact that she’s leading her own group at festivals around the world is a notable achievement in itself. But a little less time touring and more time practicing, developing a unique voice, and becoming a stronger player and singer will ultimately be the key to making sure that Grace makes the transition from teen phenom to adult contender in the next crucial couple of years. She can do it, she has everything and more it takes to be great. Even time is on her side, and how many artists can say that?

Yesterday downtown I saw the Festival banners coming down, posters being scraped off the inside of shop windows, and the energy on the Marketplace had already been transformed from the creative crackle of the past week to the usual hum of more typical touristy summer activity.

That just means it’s time to start planning for Discover Jazz Festival 2010!

(Congratulations to the Festival staff, sponsors, partners, the volunteer crew, and ALL of the musicians and artists who made this year’s Festival such a rich experience.)

BDJ Festival, day 5: queen city hot club

June 10, 2009
Burlington's new Queen City Hot Club

Burlington's new Queen City Hot Club: (from left to right) Jim Stout, Jim McCuen & Jared Volpe

The buzz got around just before the start of this year’s Jazz Festival, there’s a new group in town: the Queen City Hot Club.

Every good music community needs a Hot Club, I think, and for a place that supports jazz like Vermont does we were overdue.

There are a couple of very fine groups in town already who play from that genre, the Will Patton Ensemble and Mike Martin & Trio Gusto have been around for more than a decade, playing and recording repertoire that ranges from gypsy and country swing to bluegrass and Brazilian sambas. A classy, entertaining mix from some truly great musicians.

The Queen City Hot Club’s style is centered squarely in Paris, c. 1935. As they swung through classics like All of Me, Moonlight in Vermont (of course!) and Lady Be Good yesterday on Burlington’s Church Street Marketplace, I thought of some of my other favorite Hot Club/gypsy swing recordings.  A few of them are below, in no special order. (Except you have to at least start at the source with Django and Stephane. After that – explore, have fun, find the group that suits your style – and don’t forget to dance!)


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