Django Reinhardt, the founding father of Gypsy Jazz, is revered in the guitar world for his superlative skills on the acoustic guitar, but less so for his work on the electric. As the 1930’s became the 40’s and be-bop was born, Django heard and was inspired by the great American jazz artists such as Charlie Christian, Charlie ‘Bird’ Parker and Dizzy Gillespie. This in turn prompted him to put on hiatus his infamous string quintet in favour of a more traditional American line-up comprising drums, piano, horns, clarinet, piano and of course, himself on electric guitar. Now he could soar as high and as loud as he wanted, a feat previously impossible on his trusted Selmer Maccaferri acoustic!
Tonight this ensemble featuring Lachlan Gear alongside some of Perth’s finest musicians will showcase the electric repertoire of Django Reinhardt, plus compositions and arrangements by others who were heavily influenced and inspired by Django such as Wes Montgomery, George Benson and Bireli Lagrene.