Django Reinhardt Birthday Festival - Sunday
The Gonzalo Bergara Quartet, Pearl Django, Paul Mehling/Nate Ketner Quintet
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Join The Freight to celebrate the life and music of Django Reinhardt with three days of shows and workshops. Festival Artistic Director Paul Mehling and The Freight’s program director Peter Williams have assembled an all-star, international lineup of musicians. See the full schedule here.
The Gonzalo Bergara Quartet
Gonzalo Bergara has emerged a virtuoso composer and lead guitarist. Mixing a cascade of arpeggios with the sounds of Paris and his native Argentina, he has forged his own style of progressive Gypsy Jazz. His music exists in a way that very little music does. He has lavished such care on every phrase, built each arrangement with such lapidary precision and pared away anything extraneous, the music becomes sculpture. It has weight, density, gravity. This is serious….and deeply moving.
The all-acoustic Gonzalo Bergara Quartet plays a modern variant of 1930s Django Reinhardt-inspired gypsy jazz.
Gonzalo Bergara - lead guitar
Rob Hardt - clarinet/sax
Max O'Rourke - rhythm guitar
Gabe Noel - bass
“If Paris is the city of love, then Pearl Django’s music is the flirtatious accompaniment.” —6Moons.com (review of Under Paris Skies)
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. An interview on NPR’s All Things Considered in 2001 brought the group to national attention. 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 12 CDs to date.
Paul Mehling/Nate Ketner Quintet
Nate Ketner from Southern CA is a world-famous reedmaster extremely popular on the jazz scene joins this slightly more modern but still SWINGING quintet featuring ace drummer (and multi-instrumentalist in his own right) Clint Baker. HCSF bassist Sam Rocha will throw down with a couple of vocals and some KILLING bass solos. Local wunderkind and newest member of the Hot Club of SF, Cullen Luper on piano.