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Music: Gypsy jazz Sept. 4 at Maritime Heritage Park

Pearl Django plays at 11:30 a.m. Sept. 4 at Maritime Heritage Park.
Pearl Django plays at 11:30 a.m. Sept. 4 at Maritime Heritage Park. Courtesy to The Bellingham Herald

Pearl Django, one of the most highly regarded hot club and gypsy jazz groups working today, performs a free, all-ages concert at 11:30 a.m. Friday, Sept. 4, at Maritime Heritage Park, Holly Street and Central Avenue.

In 1994, the group took shape as a trio in Tacoma. To round out their two guitars and accordion, they quickly expanded to a quintet, adding a violinist and a third guitarist. From the time of their inception, they have worked to infuse gypsy jazz with American swing music.

While Pearl Django’s sound is firmly rooted in the music made famous by Django Reinhardt and Stephan Grappelli, their repertoire also includes traditional jazz classics and original compositions.

A 2001 interview on NPR’s “All Things Considered” brought the group national attention. Their 2002 performance at the prestigious Festival Django Reinhardt, just outside of Paris, earned them international attention as well. To date, the prolific band has released 12 CDs featuring original compositions by each of the group’s members.

More on the ensemble: pearldjango.com.

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