Djangofest 3-Day Pass (1/25/19-1/27/19)

Djangofest 3-Day Pass (1/25/19-1/27/19)

Boulou and Elios Ferré, Barrio Manouche, The Hot Club Of San Francisco, Rez Abbasi and Django-shift, The Gypsy Chix, Rhythm Future Quartet, John Jorgenson Quintet with special guest Martin Taylor

Friday, January 25th - Sunday, January 27th

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

$100 ADV / $104 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.
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
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.
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.
John Jorgenson Quintet with special guest Martin Taylor
John Jorgenson Quintet with special guest Martin Taylor
Music virtuoso John Jorgenson, known for his exquisite guitar licks and world-class musicianship, has collaborated with the likes of Elton John, Luciano Pavarotti, Bonnie Raitt and Bob Dylan. In addition to acoustic and electric guitars, Jorgenson is also regularly featured on mandolin, saxophone, clarinet, bouzouki, pedal steel, and as a vocalist. He has garnered recognition for contributing to GRAMMY®-winning and numerous platinum-selling albums.

Jorgenson’s dynamic Quintet and its authentic gypsy jazz—the string-driven swing created by Jean “Django” Reinhardt and Stephane Grappelli in 1930s Paris—is recognized internationally. One of the elite gypsy jazz players in the world, Jorgenson portrayed Django Reinhardt in the Hollywood feature film Head in the Clouds and his quintet has been hailed the “U.S. ambassadors of gypsy jazz.”

The John Jorgenson Quintet is comprised of five distinguished musicians: Jorgenson (acoustic guitar, bouzouki, clarinet, vocals), Casey Driscoll (jazz violin), Rory Hoffman (guitar/piano/accordion), Simon Planting (bass), and Rick Reed (percussion).