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With a performance history spanning almost two decades, Pearl Django endures as one of the most highly
regarded Hot Club style groups working today. Although the bandís roots are firmly in the music made famous
by Django Reinhardt and Stephan 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 NPRís ďAll Things Considered.Ē The bandís 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.
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."
“Pearl Django: The gypsy jazz of Django Reinhardt done to perfection!”
—Paul de Barros, The Seattle Times (2002)
Troy Chapman, Guitar; Ryan Hoffman , Guitar;
David Lange, Accordion; Michael Gray, Violin;
Rick Leppanen, Bass
Background: (very brief)
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.
An interview on
NPRís All Things Considered in 2001 brought the group to national attention. 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 bandís expansive repertoire.
They have released 11 CDs to date.
“If Paris is the city of love, then Pearl Django’s music is the flirtatious
—6Moons.com (review of Under Paris Skies)
Along the West coast, Pearl Django has performed from Los Angeles to Fairbanks. 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 LA,
Laguna Beach, California; 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, Jazz Alley, Seattle, Washington;
Sun Valley Jazz Jubilee, Sun Valley, Idaho.
Eleven – 2012
Systeme D – 2010
Hotel New Yorker – 2010 (a compilation from our first four CDs
Chasing Shadows— 2005
Swing 48 — 2003
Under Paris Skies — 2002
Avalon – 2000 (over 15,000 copies sold)
Souvenirs – 1999 - Out of print
Mystery Pacific – 1999 - Out of print
New Metropolitan Swing – 1997 - Out of print
Le Jazz Hot – 1995 - Out of print
For Booking Pearl Django:
4418 – Sixth Avenue NW, Seattle, WA 98107
For Modern Hot Records:
9247- 34th Avenue SW, Seattle, WA 98126