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Pearl Django

May 20 @ 7:30 pm9:30 pm

Lorenzo Farrell & DHudson Productions in association with West of the Waterway Present: PEARL DJANGO
This limited ticket event is an upclose and intimate night with The Northwest’s premiere Gypsy Jazz Quintet, Pearl Django.
Tickets are available online through RSVPIFY:
$20 General/$30 VIP
At the door:
$25 General/$35 VIP
Food and Beverage available for purchase. Provided by Gallucci’s Catering.
With a performance history spanning more than 27 years and having released 15 CDs, Pearl Django endures as one of the most highly regarded Hot Club style groups working today. Although the band’s roots are firmly in the music made famous by Django Reinhardt and Stephane Grappelli, its extensive repertoire includes traditional jazz classics and original compositions. Pearl Django has performed at festivals, dances and nightspots throughout the U.S. and abroad. They have played at the prestigious Festival Django Reinhardt in Samois sur Seine and have been featured on NPR’s “All Things Considered.” The band’s signature style is marked by pristine and dexterous string work, colors of Bal Musette, the steady pulse of rhythm guitar and an unmistakable swing that delights audiences of all musical sensibilities. Throughout the years, Pearl Django has cultivated a devoted and enthusiastic following and they continue to play to packed houses wherever they perform.
Received the Earshot, Golden Ear Award for “Northwest Acoustic Jazz Ensemble of the Year” 2018
Voted favorite area jazz band 2003, by Seattle Weekly readers!
“Pearl Django play(s) gypsy jazz…and they do it with such verve, skill and pleasure that they’re pretty much irresistible to jazz and non-jazz listeners alike.”
—Seattle Weekly
“Pearl Django: The gypsy jazz of Django Reinhardt done to perfection!”
—Paul de Barros, The Seattle Times
Tim Lerch & Jim Char, Guitar
Michael Gray, Violin
David Lange, Accordion
Rick Leppanen, Bass
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. In 1999, along with the release of their third and fourth CDs, the group incorporated their own record label, Modern Hot Records. At about the same time, MHR signed a national distribution agreement with City Hall Records in San Rafael, California. The October 2000 release of Avalon put the group on the national map with seven weeks of Gavin top-forty airplay and current sales of over 17,000 copies. In May 2001, Pearl Django was featured on All Things Considered. 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 13 CDs to date.
“If Paris is the city of love, then Pearl Django’s music is the flirtatious accompaniment.”
6Moons.com (review of Under Paris Skies)
Along the West coast, Pearl Django has performed from Los Angeles to Fairbanks; East Coast, from Florida to New York. Festival performances include: Festival Django Reinhardt, Samois sur Seine, France; les Rendez-Vous de l’Erdre, Nantes, France; Sacramento Jazz Jubilee; Django Festival Iceland; Django Fest Northwest, Whidbey Island, Washington; Django Fest SF, Redwood City, California; Juneau Folk Festival, Juneau, Alaska; Capital City Jazz Festival, Madison, Wisconsin; Sweet and Hot Festival, Los Angeles, California; Great Connecticut Jazz Festival, Guilford, Connecticut;; Mission Folk Festival, Mission B.C.; Bumbershoot & Folklife Festival, Seattle, Washington; Wintergrass (a bluegrass festival), Washington, frequently at Jazz Alley, Seattle, Washington; Sun Valley Jazz Jubilee, Sun Valley, Idaho.
With Friends Like These – 2017
Time Flies – 2015
Eleven – 2012


May 20
7:30 pm9:30 pm
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West of the Waterway
1901 Dock Street
Tacoma, WA 98402 United States
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