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Pearl Django: Chasing Shadows

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Pearl Django's very name should give you a pretty strong clue about where the group derives most of its influence. Indeed, the band's eighth release, Chasing Shadows, continues to mine the fertile territory laid by Django Reinhardt and Stephane Grappelli. As always, the playing is expert, with a palpable sense of joy evident in the exploration of music these players obviously love.

A melancholy mood pervaded the recording of Chasing Shadows, owing to the death of founding member and guitarist Dudley Hill in January, 2005 after a battle with colon cancer, but the music remains ebullient. The band ...

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Pearl Django: A Decade of 'Hot Club' Jazz

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It’s a crisp, autumn evening on the streets of Fremont, but inside Bouchee restaurant it’s toasty warm with standing room only to hear Pearl Django perform barn-burning gypsy jazz tunes, medium-swing melodies and lush string ballads—all of which recall the era of Django Reinhardt and Stephane Grappelli, when post-war Europe was rapidly adopting jazz into it’s musical vocabulary.

Pearl Django features guitarists Neil Andersson, Dudley Hill and Greg Ruby, double-bassist Rick Leppanen, and Michael Gray on violin. Their quintet is one that Northwest audiences have come to appreciate for close to a decade.

In addition to a strong local following, ...



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