Evan Christopher's Django à la Créole at PizzaExpress Jazz Club Soho

PizzaExpress uploaded this event on July 27, 2015


PizzaExpress Jazz Club Soho
10 Dean Street
020 7439 4962


Sun, October 18, 2015



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Evan Christopher's Django à la Créole spices up the hot Gypsy swing pioneered by Django Reinhardt with the cool Creole rhythms of New Orleans and beyond. The American clarinetist and Europe-based rhythm section of double bass, and two guitars, have been charming audiences worldwide with their seductive performances since 2007. The quartet artfully contrasts virtuosity with an acoustic, intimate approach and unfailingly balances a reverence for tradition with being up-to-the minute and in-the moment.

The primary inspiration for this unique fusion of New Orleans clarinet with "Jazz Manouche" was Reinhardt's historic recording session in 1939 with Duke Ellington sidemen Rex Stewart and Creole clarinetist Barney Bigard. Djangologists may recognize a resemblance to the incarnation of "Quintet of the Hot Club of France" that featured clarinetist Hubert Rostaing, yet Django à la Créole is much more than a repertory ensemble. Christopher and his band thoughtfully re-invent classic material by infusing their arrangements with musical idioms from New Orleans as well as Brazil, Cuba and the Caribbean. The results are personal and often clever tributes to their jazz heroes....

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