Pearl Django continues to delight

Now in their 16th year of performing, Pearl Django continues to be one of North America's most respected and busiest hot club style groups.

They'll bring their show to the Pender Harbour School of Music on April 14 at 8 p.m. as part of the Pender Harbour Music Society's concert series.

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Their music reaches out across the divides of taste to a wide variety of audiences. Though still strongly influenced by the music of Django Reinhardt, Pearl Django's repertoire now includes many original compositions. The band's fervent followers include Reinhardt and Stephane Grappelli fans, guitar enthusiasts (and guitarists), lovers of string music, including bluegrass devotees who relish nimble, clean, intricate picking, world music lovers, fans drawn to French and Gypsy accents, plus jazz buffs and aficionados of the new swing music. Transcending simple categorization, Pearl Django packs in enthusiastic audiences at dance halls and night clubs, at folk music festivals and jazz festivals alike.

The focus of Pearl Django was, and is, to incorporate the music of Reinhardt and Grappelli with American swing music. The composition of the group has been evolving since 1994 with performance highlights including featured artists on All Things Considered in 2001 and performing at the prestigious Festival Django Reinhardt in Samois sur Seine, just outside Paris, France in 2002.

The hit of the Millennium Park event at the 2010 Pender Harbour Jazz Festival, this wickedly accomplished group of musicians from Seattle brings their gypsy jazz back to Pender Harbour for an encore. Seamless, brilliant performances make this group a do not miss.

Sponsored in part by Sunshine Coast Credit Union. Tickets are $20 available at Harbour Insurance in Madeira Park, John Henry's Marina in Garden Bay, the Sechelt Visitor Information Centre and Gaia's Fair Trade in Gibsons Landing.

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