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Pearl Django

This popular acoustic jazz band in the Django Reinhardt style grew out of a duo playing relationship between two widely different but somehow similar guitarists. Neil Anderson had begun his professional music career as a member of the garage band the Wailers, often pointed out as an early version of what would later be thought of as a punk band. Dudley Hill didn't really like rock as a teenager, being an oddball type who was more drawn to old-time music and wound up playing with legendary Texas fiddler Benny Thomasson in the '70s. By the time the two guitarists got together in the late '80s, both were on musical journeys that would lead to the formation of an acoustic swing band, to be known as Pearl Django. At first, the two guitarists stuck to a duo act centering around blues and jazz, but with the addition of bassist David Firman, an ensemble was born. In 1995, Vancouver luthier and guitarist Michael Dunn set up a gig for the new band a few hours North in Vancouver, Canada. One of Dunn's students named Shelley Park showed up to check out the gig. At that point, she was a member of a group whose name suggests a fusion of gypsy jazz and Sun Ra, Michael's Hot Club of Mars. Park jumped off the spaceship and joined Pearl Django, the move leading to one of those sweet combinations of players that makes certain combos really sounds good to the ears. The group recorded its first album, Le Jazz Hot, in the same year, and a follow-up the next year, in which violinist Michael Gray was added to the lineup. For several years, the band enjoyed rave reviews and a steady stream of festival and club engagements.

Firman left the group in 1998 and was replaced by bassist Rick Leppanen. The new version of the band recorded the CD Mystery Pacific in 1999. In May of the same year, the band began work on a tribute to famous swing violinist Stephane Grappelli, one of their idol Django's closest cohorts. The group formed its own label, Modern Hot Records, around the time of this project's completion. In 2000, the band released its fifth CD and was featured on National Public Radio's All Things Considered in 2001. ~ Eugene Chadbourne
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meshagl
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lerobinson47
Delighted to find this group! I play it while writing - doesn't put me to sleep and doesn't intrude (which interferes with writing). It is bright and keeps me alert. And sometimes I just sit and listen.
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geraldberndt
I'm a fan of D'Jango Reinhart and Stephan Grapelli, so it's nice to see modern musicians continuing that sweet jazz sound!
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LIKE !!!!!!!!!!!!
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makes me imagine that i'm in paris strolling by the eiffel towel on a spring day. oohhh la la!
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makes me imagine that i'm paris strolling by the eiffel tower on a spring day.
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I love the song, conversation ! My fav!
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sonilabazaj
Happiness
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Modern "old school" swing x
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The cats are very cool man !!!
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D. Sayheynow
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I heard them at an outdoor concert at a winery. Very relaxing!
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summitstreet
finger tapping music too!!
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Great music to calm down and relax with
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Toe tapping music!!!!!
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LOVE IT
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Music that moves my body, and my soul...
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avikleinburd
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Great music. I find it very pleasing.
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I likes it after de sex, sometimes during and early evening. De moosac meloows my so so.
Some times I go for walks and play da Moozak and skip de feets wit da beat.
Its great for work too it kinda eases my mood, on moody days.I used to ask girls what's the book
your currently reading, but now I watch their face when I play this music for them. This one woman
started moving about and using her hands to dance along, I liked her.
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it is so nice, could listen for hours this music
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greenscarab_ 1
Magical tour!! I agree!!
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The sound this grup is magic.
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The sound this grup is magic.
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meshagl
Wow! And life is beautiful again :-)
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Tejas especial ...Jazzy-Cow b o y s !
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almarlafarbe r
Terrific
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Yes!
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maddie1200
Gorgeous song!
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Magnificent
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guyt20
Woooow! Thnks pandora!!!!! Love dis song!
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Lovely
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kellylee208
love trumpet
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Je suis si contente que j'ai trouve cette station de radio...chou e t t e ce Pearl Django!
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ljanush
A-1
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delsol20121
Perfect for cadlelight dinner,so beautiful !!!
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beautiful!!! ! ! ! ! ! . . . . . t h a n k you for this...
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hdlunn4
Clearly great. Groovenon it.Thanks Pandora.
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ron9538
Groovy! Lovin it!
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This group is new to me, and I love it!
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guyt20
I LOVE PEARL DJANGO, (and I'm not French:).
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Very good, Django's sound can never get old.
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guyt20
This song obviously has deep roots in French composition, and Africa also had its place in the perpetual momba-style drumming.
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b24gunner4
thanks Pandora for guitarists like pass ,Mottola and the rest of the greats
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I AM ALSO GRATEFUL TO PANDORA FOR MANY INTRODUCTION S
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Very beautifully done! I gotta thank Pandora for introducing me to it on my Django Reinhart and Stephane Grapelli station.
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bfotsch456
Wonderful
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Love this music...Djan g o Rhinehart is a legend and has inspired many groups across the county, Here, in Richmond, the Gypsy Roots, are wonderful...
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Aww. Great!
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bfotsch456
great - takes me along....:)
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