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George Cole Quintet, Fishtank EnsemblePurchase tickets online
January 27 8:00 pm
Two great bands, the George Cole Quintet and Fishtank Ensemble, kick off the Esprit de Django et Stephane Festival with a night of hot, hot jazz and high-energy originals, spiced with plenty of genre-bending cross-pollination.
Formed in 2005 in the Bay Area, the intoxicatingly eclectic Fishtank Ensemble is willing and able to tackle everything from French hot jazz to wild Serbian and Transylvanian Gypsy anthems, flamenco, and oddball originals. It's all held together by the stunning virtuosity and breakneck tempos of French violinist Fabrice Martinez, operatic vocalist, violinist, and musical saw wizard Ursula Knudson, guitarist Doug Smolens, and one of the world's great slap bass players, Djordje Stijepovic.
The Freight swings like it's never swung before when the Esprit de Django et Stephane Festival sets the stage sizzling with three nights of music and three days of workshops inspired and influenced by the legendary European jazz band, Quintette du Hot Club de France. Fronted by gypsy guitarist Django Reinhardt and virtuoso violinist Stephane Grappelli, the Paris-based combo revolutionized jazz in the 1930s and '40s by applying an irresistible, string-fueled propulsion to the more sedate big-band sound of the time. This weekend's festival showcases some modern heirs of Django's and Stephane's hot jazz sound.
Listen to a track from the George Cole Quintet:
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Listen to sample tracks from upcoming artists.