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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, Rovi
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avikleinburd
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Great music. I find it very pleasing.
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.
it is so nice, could listen for hours this music
greenscarab_ 1
Magical tour!! I agree!!
The sound this grup is magic.
The sound this grup is magic.
Wow! And life is beautiful again :-)
Tejas especial ...Jazzy-Cow b o y s !
almarlafarbe r
Terrific
Yes!
maddie1200
Gorgeous song!
Magnificent
guyt20
Woooow! Thnks pandora!!!!! Love dis song!
Lovely
kellylee208
love trumpet
Je suis si contente que j'ai trouve cette station de radio...chou e t t e ce Pearl Django!
ljanush
A-1
Perfect for cadlelight dinner,so beautiful !!!
beautiful!!! ! ! ! ! ! . . . . . t h a n k you for this...
hdlunn4
Clearly great. Groovenon it.Thanks Pandora.
ron9538
Groovy! Lovin it!
This group is new to me, and I love it!
guyt20
I LOVE PEARL DJANGO, (and I'm not French:).
Very good, Django's sound can never get old.
guyt20
This song obviously has deep roots in French composition, and Africa also had its place in the perpetual momba-style drumming.
b24gunner4
thanks Pandora for guitarists like pass ,Mottola and the rest of the greats
I AM ALSO GRATEFUL TO PANDORA FOR MANY INTRODUCTION S
Very beautifully done! I gotta thank Pandora for introducing me to it on my Django Reinhart and Stephane Grapelli station.
bfotsch456
Wonderful
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...
Aww. Great!
bfotsch456
great - takes me along....:)
cmk1917
Unfortunatel y we lost Dudley Hill to cancer in 2005. This great band does still play together and I've seen them a few times in the past .
ggggbaby
beautiful
REAL MUSIC
very, very nice!!
noelani65
excellent from the first note to the last. love it.
cybermasse
The song that got my attention is TROIS ET DEUX.I had not heard the group before.My wife was sitting in the living room and asked who this was.My response was "I am reading the bio now."I hope to hear more.
I also concur about thanking Pandora for introducing me to artists I have not known before. I liked Pearl Django at first note.
This guy really gets down in the true Lp Style!
I found out about Pearl Django listening to "Hot Club of San Francisco Radio" and decided to check them out. All I can say is I fell in love at first sound.
jemicklo
This group truly kicks-a** and has a wonderful sound....... . a good diversion from typical New Age/Smooth Jazz genres. There's even a local group in Mpls, MN that has somewhat similar sound!!
check out Pearl Django if you like jazz or even if you don't.
Love this, thanks to Pandora for introducing me to so many great artists.
HOT!
visionow05
great rendition
westopher104
is it just me or are there influences of Jerry abundant?
Who came first - Pearl Django or Pearl Jam? No matter - love 'em both. Northwest - it rocks and swings!!!
atthebat
Make Pearl Django a MUST SEE every year at the Sacramento Jazz Jubilee...a talented group that, even with the personnel changes, stays true to Django and their own style...have all but one CD, but soon will remedy that...favor i t e is "Swing 48"...thanks , Pandora, for showcasing them...
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