The popular eight-member Djug Django Band will play at the Oswego Music Hall at 8 p.m. Saturday, May 3.
Djug Django is largely devoted to the music of Django Reinhardt, the legendary gypsy guitarist of the 1930s hot jazz scene in Paris, who founded the Quintette du Hot Club in Paris in the 1930s.
But they also perform jazz standards, Latin rhythms and “N’awlins soul,” as well as originals by band member and multi-instrumentalist.
The band combines this range of music styles in wonderfully creative ways. From the great songs of the Swing Era, including legends like Ellington, Gershwin, and Fats Waller, to Brazilian and Argentine classics sung in Spanish and Portuguese, and even wonderful original music, the band is known for its exciting performances, exquisite taste, and uniquely relaxed vibe.
The members of Djug Django must be among the busiest working musicians in the Northeast, in constant demand to play at all sorts of gigs and events.
The band started out years ago in Ithaca playing at the well-known Moosewood Restaurant. Since then Djug Django has been delighting dancers and jazz buffs.
When they come together to play, each band member brings his special background and influences to the music.
The members of Djug Django are Harry Aceto, guitar; Doug Robinson, guitar and vocals; Dave Davies, guitar, trombone and vocals; Brian Earle, clarinet; Eric Aceto, violin; Chad Lieberman, piano; and Al Hartland, drums.
There also is Jim Sherpa, who plays a genuine lowdown washtub bass, adding that special down home flavor.
“Djug Django deserves to be on the national stage–this is one of the hottest little bands I’ve ever heard.
It is my honor and pleasure to perform with these wonderful musicians” from time to time — [Frank Campos, Ithaca College, Professor of Trumpet]
Djug Django “has a delicacy and refinement we rarely witness in jazz . . . the group’s overall musicality is on a very high level — sophisticated and dead-on. These guys really enjoy playing together, and that spirit comes across clear as crystal” [Russel Tarby and Pat Carroll, review in JazFax, Nov. 2010].
Check out some of Djug Django’s music on http://www.watershed-arts.com/djug.html and then come and catch the wonder of their evocative and infectious music in a live performance at the Music Hall on May 3.
The venue is the McCrobie Civic Center, 41 Lake St., Oswego. Tickets can be purchased on line at http://oswegomusichall.org/ or at the river’s end bookstore, 19 W. Bridge St., Oswego.
Holders of tickets purchased before 1 p.m. on the day of the concert will have preferred seating. After 1 p.m., seating will be general admission.
Ticket prices for this event are $14 if purchased in advance and $16 at the door. Children 12 and under are half-price; under 5 is free.
For information contact Membership Secretary, Carol Forrest at 343-2988.
The Music Hall’s next concert, May 17, will feature Stephanie Bettman & Luke Haplin, a fast-rising duo from Denver.