2010 Festival At A Glance
June 16   An Evening with Dick Hyman
June 25   A Night of Brazilian Jazz!
Luciana Souza/Romero Lubambo; plus Alegritude
June 26   A History of African Rhythms & Jazz
June 26   Randy Weston's African Rhythms Trio
June 27   Freddy Cole Quartet
July 2   The Music of Billy Strayhorn
July 3   Early Bird Jazz for Kids: Jim Nadel & Friends
July 3   Dr. Lonnie Smith Trio
July 9   Fred Hersch: Jobim and More
July 10   Early Bird Latin Jazz for Kids: John Santos Sextet
July 10   Tuck & Patti
July 11   Ella Fitzgerald: America's First Lady of Song
July 16   Mose Allison Trio
July 17   Claudia Villela Band
July 18   John Santos Sextet
July 19   Khalil Shaheed & the Mo'Rockin Project
July 20   Gerald Clayton Trio
July 21   Kristen Strom Quintet
July 22   The Music of Dave Brubeck Presented by Victor Lin
July 24   Giants of Jazz: Charles McPherson, Junior Mance & Tootie Heath
July 25   Ruth Davies' Blues Night with Special Guest Keb' Mo'
July 26   Dena DeRose Trio
July 27   Junior Mance Trio
July 28   100 Years of Django with Julian Lage, Victor Lin & Jorge Roeder
July 29   Visions: The Stevie Wonder Songbook
July 31   Rebecca Martin featuring Larry Grenadier, Steve Cardenas & Larry Goldings
Aug 1   Dave Douglas Quintet Plus
Aug 2   George Cables Trio
Aug 3   Nicholas Payton with the Taylor Eigsti Trio
Aug 4   Joshua Redman Trio
Aug 6   SJW All-Star Jam Session
Aug 7   Taylor Eigsti Group featuring Becca Stevens
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100 Years of Django with Julian Lage, Victor Lin and Jorge Roeder

100 Years of Django
with Julian Lage, Victor Lin and Jorge Roeder


Victor Lin, violin; Julian Lage, guitar; Jorge Roeder, bass

Wednesday July 28, 7:30 PM | Dinkelspiel Auditorium
Tickets: $32 general | $18 students | TAKE 5!

Inside Jazz: 100 Years of Django
Speaker: Julian Lage, 6:30 pm (free with concert ticket)

Tickets Now On Sale


Django Reinhardt was the first European musician to exert a powerful influence on American jazz. Born in Belgium in 1910, Reinhardt spent most of his youth in gypsy settlements on the outskirts of Paris, where he taught himself to play banjo, violin, and guitar. He was already an accomplished guitarist when, at the age of 18, he was badly injured saving his pregnant wife from a caravan fire and lost the use of two fingers on his left hand. He was forced to develop an idiosyncratic guitar technique, which relied on his two remaining fingers and is envied and imitated by ten-fingered guitarists to this day. The urbane, lilting tones of his guitar and his ornamented, melodic improvisations defined the genre known as "gypsy jazz," which flourished in Europe in the 1930's and 40's and launched Reinhardt to international fame. His style of playing "had such presence and power and imagination that...he surpassed his very instrument" according to the New Yorker magazine, and its combining of the chromatic harmony and propulsive guitar style of gypsy music with the melodies and rhythms of swing captivated listeners worldwide.

Guitarist Julian Lage was Grammy-nominated in 2009 for Sounding Point, his first album as leader; the SF Chronicle said the CD "demonstrates a jaw-dropping stylistic range and thrilling technique." In addition, he is well known to Festival audiences for his duo work with Taylor Eigsti. Last year however, Lage and fellow SJW faculty Victor Lin and Jorge Roeder also took the stage in a trio format, and the chemistry between them was thrilling. There was no question that we had to bring them back for a full-length performance! This tribute concert turns the spotlight on these three exciting young musicians and the music of the incomparable Django Reinhardt.

Listen:

Django/Lage – "Daphne"

Django/Lage – "HCQ Strut"

Django/Lage – "Swing 48"

watch:

Django Reinhardt performing "Swing Night," 1937

Julian Lage Group performing "Lil' Darlin'" (feat. Jorge Roeder & Tupac Mantilla)

Supported by George & Lilo Miller.

Photo Credit: Joel Simon.

 


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