Djangofest (1/25/19)

Djangofest (1/25/19)

Boulou and Elios Ferré, Barrio Manouche, The Hot Club Of San Francisco

Friday, January 25th

Doors: 7:00 pm / Show: 8:00 pm

$40 ADV / $44 DOOR (plus fees)

  • All tickets are subject to an additional $4 per ticket facility fee.

Boulou and Elios Ferré
Boulou and Elios Ferré
Boulou and Elios Ferre were born to the musically accomplished Matelo Ferre, a road buddy of the legendary Django Reinhardt, and whose trio with his brothers Baro and Sarane is renowned to this day.

Since childhood, Boulou was able to sing anything that he had heard and possessed an incredible musical memory. From a young age, it was clear that he was an inspired musician. While staying in the Jura Mountains, he found himself locked in the chapel overnight. It was there that he heard the organist practising ‘Jesus Let My Joy Remain'. This experience led to a life-long love affair with Bach's music, fusing the freedom improvisation with the structure of counterpoint.

Boulou Ferre was the first child prodigy in the gypsy style to be popularised by the media. He was only twelve years old when his father took him to a session in 1962 with Jean Ferrat. Boulou did more than qualify - in fact, he signed an exclusive contract with Barclay Records. His first recording under his own name featured a performance of ‘Bluesette', the famous Toots Thielemans melody. The following year, at the Juan-les-Pin festival, he opened for John Coltrane. His third record, an homage to Parker and Gillespie, received a four star rating in the American magazine Down Beat.

The press named him ‘the little Mozart of the guitar'. He appeared on stage at the Olympia concert hall, on television and in the press, where he was photographed alongside his brother Elios, five years his junior.

Elios began his musical studies on piano, rather than guitar and it was flamenco that first turned his interest to the latter instrument. While studying under the renowned Sabicas, Elios also discovered Jimi Hendrix's music and endeavoured to reproduce his sound. While Boulou considered himself a classic-jazz musician, Elios was interested in flamenco-rock from the outset.

Today both brothers perform at an international level, together, in groups and as soloists.
Barrio Manouche
Barrio Manouche
Barrio Manouche is a gypsy jazz & flamenco fusion ensemble based in San Francisco, with musicians from Spain, France, Brazil, California, Quebec and beyond.

The band performs a repertoire of original musical compositions deeply influenced by a range of musical traditions: from the swing of Louis Armstrong and Sidney Bechet, to the hot jazz of Django Reinhardt and Stéphane Grappelli, the flamenco & rumba of Paco de Lucía, to the avant-garde sounds of Miles Davis, Ornette Coleman and John Coltrane.

The band is considered one of the Bay Area's biggest rising stars, mesmerizing audiences with their live musical performances that incorporate flamenco dancing and other memorable surprises.

The band will be releasing a new album Summer 2018.

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The Hot Club Of San Francisco
The Hot Club Of San Francisco
One of the vanguards of the current gypsy jazz revival, Hot Club of San Francisco (HCSF) has integrated Django Reinhardt and Stephane Grappelli’s jazz manouche style with their own disparate influences to create a unique sound of their own. HCSF is the brainchild of guitarist Paul Mehling, who after years of playing with the famed country swing bandleader Dan Hicks, went out on his own to form a gypsy jazz band. Prior to his time with Hicks, Mehling had immersed himself in all things Django, even playing with a gypsy violinist in the Paris Metro for two years. The band’s first album was produced by Mehling and put out on the band’s own label in 1993. Since then, they’ve put out nine more fine albums of gypsy-flavored jazz including Lady in Red, Swing This and Postcards from Gypsyland. HCSF was instrumental in popularizing this growing Django movement, and now the revival is in full swing with Hot Clubs popping up in cities across the country. It is not a surprise then that HCSF was the first American band invited to play France’s storied Festival de Jazz Django Reinhardt in Samois-Sur-Seine.