Django Reinhardt Birthday Festival  (1/26/19)

Django Reinhardt Birthday Festival (1/26/19)

Rez Abbasi and Django-shift, Rhythm Future Quartet, The Gypsy Chix

Saturday, January 26th

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.
  • This is part of a 3-day festival. For full festival info including workshops & schedule, click here.

Rez Abbasi and Django-shift
Rez Abbasi and Django-shift
Django-shift is a new trio from guitarist and multiple Down Beat critics poll winner Rez Abbasi. The group merges Django Reinhardt's compositions with Abbasi's stimulating arrangements and acoustic guitar stylings along with the world-class drummer Michael Sarin and multifaceted keyboardist Neil Alexander.

The resulting sound is one that respects and reflects Django's character yet departs from it in meaningful, personal and modern ways.

Rez Abbasi - fretted & fretless acoustic guitars
Neil Alexander -organ/electronics
Michael Sarin - drums

Voted #1 Rising Star Guitarist in the 2013 DownBeat Critics Poll and placed in the “top-ten Guitarists” in 2015’s poll, Rez Abbasi continues to push boundaries.

Born in Karachi, Pakistan, removed at the age of four to the vastness of Southern California, schooled at the University of Southern California and the Manhattan School of Music in jazz and classical music, along with a pilgrimage in India under the tutelage of master percussionist, Ustad Alla Rakha, Rez Abbasi is a vivid synthesis of all the above stated influences and genres. Making New York home for the past 25 years, Abbasi has developed a unique sound both as a composer and an instrumentalist and is considered by many to be one of the foremost modern jazz guitar players the world over. He has honed his skills with performances throughout Europe, Canada, the U.S., Mexico and India. He has performed and recorded with many jazz greats including, Grammy winner Ruth Brown, Peter Erskine, Kenny Werner, Barre Phillips, Tim Berne, Michael Formanek, Billy Hart, Marvin ‘Smitty’ Smith, Gary Thomas, Dave Douglas, Rudresh Mahanthappa, Mike Clark, Tony Malaby, George Brooks, Ronu Majumdar, Kadri Gopalnath, Vishwa Mohan Bhatt, Marilyn Crispell, Greg Osby, Howard Levy and a host of others
Rhythm Future Quartet
Rhythm Future Quartet
The acoustic jazz ensemble, Rhythm Future Quartet has a straightforward agenda: to keep the spirit of Gypsy jazz alive and expanding in today’s musical universe. The virtuosic foursome, named for a Django Reinhardt tune, offers up a newly minted sound, influenced by the classic Hot Club of France, yet wholly contemporary. Led by violinist Jason Anick and guitarist Olli Soikkeli, the quartet performs dynamic and lyrical arrangements of both Gypsy jazz standards and original compositions that draw upon diverse international rhythms and musical idioms. With Max O’Rourke on second guitar and Greg Loughman on bass, Rhythm Future is dedicated to expanding the boundaries of a vital musical genre.

Where the band’s self-titled debut album re-visited classic jazz and Gypsy jazz favorites, Travels, the quartet’s current release, concentrates on group originals that make captivating use of musical sources from outside the conventional Gypsy jazz terrain. Travels reflects both the accumulated knowledge garnered from the groups world wide touring as well as the international influences that inspired new rhythmic and harmonic possibilities within their compositions and arrangements. Garnering critical acclaim, Travels was picked as one of the Best jazz albums of 2016 by All About Jazz and the Huffington Post.
The Gypsy Chix
The Gypsy Chix
At the confluence of two cultures, The Gypsy Chix present a repertoire of French songs, Jazz standards and Django Reinhardt's compositions, featuring alluring vocal harmonies and soaring violin solos, supported by a red hot rhythm section with upright bass, guitar and washboard.

Frech vocalist Isabelle Fontaine started her career playing snare drum and singing the Jazz and Swing standards. In 2004 she moved with her family to the San Francisco Bay Area, picked up the guitar, and together with guitarist and husband Jeff Magidson, started the band Duo Gadjo. Feeling at home within the thriving Gypsy Jazz community, they decided to stay. In 2009, she joined The Hot Club of San Francisco and has been a permanent member ever since, holding the rhythm chair and singing.

Catherine "Cajounne" Girard is a French musician and singer who has gained international recognition as "the washboard specialist." Autodidact, she has developed her own unique style and has managed to bring center stage an instrument often under appreciated in the Jazz world. Her impeccable sense of swing has been at the heart of many bands such as: Sweet Mama, New Orleans Society, Certains l'aime Chaud, and the Hawaiian swing band Coco Bay.

Katie Cavera has made a name for herself on the West Coast and in Europe. From 2006-2009 she lived in Paris and was part of the Jerome Savary production "For Josephine." She currently works at Disney California Adventure and with the cabaret performance group Vaud and the Villains.

Originally from Ohio, Hanna Mignano started playing fiddle as a youngster and was introduced to Gypsy jazz in high school. After a four year period in the Bay Area playing and touring with a number of local bands such as the Jimmy Grant Ensemble, Junk Parlor, Stratosphere and Le Jazz Hot, Hanna is currently based in New Orleans, LA where she plays Gypsy jazz and country music.