10th Annual Django Reinhardt's Birthday Celebration

The Grey Eagle and Worthwhile Sounds Present

10th Annual Django Reinhardt's Birthday Celebration

The Page Brothers, The John Henrys, Hot Club of Asheville

Fri, January 25, 2019

Doors: 6:00 pm / Show: 7:00 pm

$20.00 - $23.00

This event is all ages


10th Annual Django Reinhardt's Birthday Party
10th Annual Django Reinhardt's Birthday Party
The Greg Ruby Quinette will celebrate the music of Django Reinhardt at the tenth annual Django Birthday Bash at Asheville’s Grey Eagle. Ruby has been a perineal presence on the Django revival scene since his early work with Pearl Django, Hot Club Sandwich and later leading his own group, the Greg Ruby Quartet. Over the last 6 years, Ruby has collaborated with New York based clarinetist Dennis Lichtman on numerous projects including Greg Ruby and the Rhythm Runners, whose most recent album was named NW Jazz Recording of the Year by Earshot Jazz Magazine. In honor of Django’s birthday, Ruby and Lichtman will highlight the collaborations between Django and French clarinetist Hubert Rostaing. The Quintette will also include original compositions and feature repertoire from the golden age of Parisian Swing. Joining Ruby and Lichtman will be some of Asheville’s finest swing musicians with Kevin Kehrberg on bass, Steve Karla on guitar and Russ Wilson on drums.
Greg Ruby Quintet featuring Dennis Lichtman
Greg Ruby Quintet featuring Dennis Lichtman
“Over the past 20 years, Greg Ruby has become a gem of the Pacific Northwest Jazz scene as a guitarist, composer, band-leader and music historian.” — The Syncopated Times

Greg Ruby is a guitarist, composer, author, bandleader and music educator living in Seattle, WA. His most recent record, Syncopated Classic, was named Northwest Jazz Recording of the Year by Earshot Jazz Magazine. Greg tours and performs at swing dances, concert halls and festivals that have included: The French Quarter Festival, Lindy Focus, DjangoFest and the NW Balboa Festival. Greg’s most recent ensemble, the Greg Ruby 6 performs the compositions and arrangements of swing guitar legend Oscar Alemán. Greg also leads The Greg Ruby Quartet, a Hot Club jazz group dedicated to all-original compositions; collaborates with New York and New Orleans musicians in The Rhythm Runners, a Prohibition-era dance band; and plays Valse musette and European café jazz with the Bric-a-brac Trio. During his tenure with the venerable Hot Club ensemble Pearl Django, he performed at the Django Reinhardt Festival in Samois-sur-seine, France. Greg has authored the Pearl Django Play-Along Book (2002), Frank D. Waldron: Seattle’s Syncopated Classic (2017) and most recently the Oscar Alemán Play-Along Book (2018). As a sought-after music instructor, Greg shares his love of vintage jazz guitar at schools, clinics and camps and is the Swannanoa Gathering Guitar Week coordinator at Warren Wilson College.

Dennis Lichtman is a multi-instrumentalist (clarinet, fiddle, and mandolin) who is deeply entrenched in early- to mid-1900’s American music, from traditional jazz and swing to bluegrass and western swing. His elegant voice carries through on all his instruments, lending a thread that weaves together the various genres he navigates. Originally from Boston, MA, Lichtman has been living in New York City since 2002.

In August 2018, Lichtman released Just Cross the River, celebrating with two sold-out shows at Dizzy’s Club at Jazz At Lincoln Center hosted by the New York Hot Jazz Festival. The album features nine original compositions inspired by the migration of jazz legends into the borough of Queens, NY beginning in the 1920’s. The project was instigated by a grant from the Queens Council on the Arts.

Since 2007, Lichtman has led the famed Tuesday night traditional-jazz jam session at Mona's in downtown New York, which was profiled in the New York Times, and has been described by the Wall Street Journal as "ground zero for an emerging late-night scene of young swing and traditional jazz players.”

Lichtman has performed at Carnegie Hall, major festivals throughout the United States, and on stages in Europe, Brazil, and China. He is on the faculty of the Welbourne Traditional Jazz Camp in Middleburg, VA, and has led college master classes and inner-city school workshops through the Midori Foundation, Lincoln Center’s Meet The Artist Series, and Beijing’s Ping-Pong Productions. He has performed and recorded as a regular member of Ghost Train Orchestra, Pokey LaFarge Band, Nation Beat, Jim Kweskin Band, and many more.
The Page Brothers
The Page Brothers
Venue Information:
The Grey Eagle
185 Clingman Ave
Asheville, NC, 28801