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12th Annual Django Reinhardt Birthday Celebration
January 22 @ 7:00 pm
–6PM DOORS / 7PM SHOW
-PARTIALLY SEATED SHOW
COVID-19 POLICY UPDATE: The Grey Eagle requires all patrons attending performances to provide proof of vaccination or negative test within 48 hours prior to the event. Currently Buncombe Co. mandates that masks be worn indoors. THIS MEANS YOU NEED TO MASK UP. Patrons will need to provide physical or digital documentation of COVID-19 vaccination or negative test. Professional negative test results must be dated no more than 48 hours prior to the event. At-home testing will not be accepted.
A mid-winter jazz tradition, come celebrate the life and music of the great gypsy guitarist Django Reinhardt. This year’s show will feature three amazing sets of gypsy jazz in the Django style, with the Page Brothers Quartet, The Gypsy Swingers, and the Hot Club of Asheville. Truly some of the best musicians in the region. Close your eyes and you will be in 1930’s Paris.
The Page Brothers Quartet pays homage to the Hot Club tradition performing Django classics alongside modern jazz repertoire and original material. The group has performed across the Southeast and always enjoys playing the Grey Eagle’s annual Django Festival.
Exploring a wide array of jazz standards, the band features gypsy guitar, a dynamic vocalist, stand-up bass and an assortment of guest melody instruments, from violin, to vibraphones, clarinet to trumpet. With beautiful variety, they groove to Latin tunes (bossa novas and rumbas), swing, original compositions and waltzes.
The Hot Club of Asheville, led by guitarist Steve Karla, is a collective of Asheville’s finest professional musicians, coming together with a shared love of Gypsy Jazz music. The Club started in 2017, and has been performing weekly shows at various Asheville venues, jazz showcases, and private events since. The band honors the traditional Gypsy Swing in the styles of Django Reinhardt and Stéphane Grappelli from the 1930-50’s, while infusing the tradition with more modern qualities of jazz expression.
The Hot Club of Asheville is unique as an instrumental band, holding the audience’s attention with classy melodic lines, vibrant improvisations and spirited rhythms. Perfect for an event that may require distinguished yet lively music, the band can function as both background music or the main act. The Core band performs as a quartet of two guitars, violin, and upright bass, and has the ability to play as a trio or add players to suit specific events and the desired sound.