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Evan Christopher’s Django à la Créole spices up the hot Gypsy swing pioneered by Django Reinhardt with the cool Creole rhythms of New Orleans and beyond. The American clarinetist and Europe-based rhythm section of double bass, and two guitars, have been charming audiences worldwide with their seductive performances since 2007.
“[Evan] is, in my estimation, not only the greatest jazz clarinetist alive, but one of the greatest of all time”
Ahmet Ertegun, Founding Chairman of Atlantic Records
The primary inspiration for this unique fusion of New Orleans clarinet with “Jazz Manouche” was Reinhardt’s historic recording session in 1939 with Duke Ellington sidemen Rex Stewart and Creole clarinetist Barney Bigard. Christopher and his band thoughtfully re-invent classic material by infusing their arrangements with musical idioms from New Orleans as well as Brazil, Cuba and the Caribbean. The results are personal and often clever tributes to their jazz heroes.
“Is there a more graceful band at work at the moment?” Sunday Times
The mastery of rhythm guitarist, Dave Kelbie is known well by anyone who follows contemporary exponents of Gypsy jazz such as Tcha Limberger or Fapy Lafertin. On the other hand, the pedigree of bassist Sebastien Girardot is more recognised pertinent to aficionados of traditional jazz. For the solo guitar chair, the band recently welcomed New Orleans native, Don Vappie. Besides being a highly skilled guitarist, Vappie contributes warm vocal renderings of authentic Creole Jazz songs, classics from the early days of New Orleans, as well as jaw-dropping banjo features.
“A forthright sound and a hungry energy.” New York Times