Bainbridge Island Review


Pearl Django, Douce Ambiance to perform at Island Center Hall

January 25, 2013 · 4:29 PM

Pearl Django plays a double bill with Douce Ambiance at a concert Saturday, Jan. 26 at Island Center Hall. / Photo courtesy of the Bainbridge Island Metro Park & Recreation District

Gypsy jazz band Pearl Django will perform with Douce Ambiance in a special concert Saturday at Island Center Hall.

Pearl Django is 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 Stephan Grappelli, its extensive repertoire includes traditional jazz classics and original compositions.

Pearl Django members include Troy Chapman, guitar; Ryan Hoffman, guitar; David Lange, accordion; Michael Gray, violin; and Rick Leppanen, bass.

Pearl Django has performed at festivals throughout the U.S. and abroad, including the prestigious Festival Django Reinhardt in Samois sur Seine.

Douce Ambiance is a string trio of violin, viola and cello that covers that wonderful and vast terrain that is best described as “Brahms meets Wayne Shorter.”

Jazz standards, Brazilian choros, Musette waltzes and original compositions highlight their live performances. Members include violinist Michael Gray, violist Gwen Franz and cellist James Hinkley.

The concert is at 7:30 p.m. Saturday, Jan. 26 at Island Center Hall, 8395 Fletcher Bay Road.

Advance tickets are $17 and are available at Winslow Drug.

Tickets are $20 at the door; $10 for students.

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