DjangoVegas! returns to downtown Las Vegas Saturday, June 22, to celebrate the music of Django Reinhardt and other gypsy jazz musicians past and present. The John Jorgenson Quintet, Stephane Wrembel and his band, and Hot Club of Las Vegas will perform at the Historic Fifth Street School, located at 401 S. Fourth St. Pre-concert cocktails and entertainment by the Icy Hot Club will begin at 5 p.m. in the outdoor courtyard, with beverages and food available for purchase. The concert will begin at 6 p.m. in the auditorium. Tickets, priced at $10 in advance and $15 on event day, may be purchased online at www.artslasvegas.org/ or by calling (702) 229-3515.
Three afternoon workshops, each priced at $25, will be offered at the Historic Fifth Street School by musicians performing that evening:
- 1:30-2:30 p.m., Stephane Wrembel - Jazz Improvisation Techniques for Guitar;
- 3-4 p.m., John Jorgenson - Gypsy Jazz: The Essentials of the Style; and
- 3-4 p.m., Jason Anick - Improvisation Tips and Techniques for Gypsy Jazz Violin.
Workshop space is limited. Participants should bring their own musical instruments. There is no age restriction, but workshops are for experienced musicians, not beginners. Register for workshops here or by calling (702) 229-3515.
The John Jorgenson Quintet features virtuoso guitarist John Jorgenson, a founding member of the Desert Rose Band, the Hellecasters, and a six-year member of Elton John's band. Jorgenson portrayed Django Reinhardt in the 2005 feature film “Head in the Clouds.” Also a master clarinet player, vocalist and pianist, Jorgenson is known as a pioneer of the American gypsy jazz movement. Currently living in Nashville, Jorgenson tours worldwide playing gypsy jazz with The John Jorgenson Quintet. Members include Jason Anick (violin), Doug Martin (guitar), Simon Planting (bass) and Rick Reed (drums). For more information on the group, visit http://johnjorgenson.com/.
French-born guitarist/composer Stephane Wrembel — who learned his craft among the gypsies at campsites in the French countryside — already has had a remarkable career. But this virtuoso, who is now Brooklyn-based, has just begun to make his mark as one of the most original guitar voices in contemporary music. Although he built his reputation as a stylist in the mode of the iconic 1930s French guitarist Django Reinhardt, Wrembel has developed superior compositional skills that leave an unmistakable Wrembel signature. Wrembel composed the popular “Bistro Fada” for Woody Allen’s 2011 movie “Midnight in Paris.” For more information on Wrembel, visit www.stephanewrembel.com/.
Gypsy jazz band, The Hot Club of Las Vegas, features Cuba native Noybel Gorgoy as lead singer. Hawaiian guitarist Mundo Juillerat, Christopher Davis (bass), Gabriel Santana Falcon (percussion), Marlow Valentin (guitar) and Adrianna Thurber (violin) provide the rest of the talent for this popular local band. For more information, go to www.hotclublv.com/.
The Icy Hot Club is a Los Angeles-based group that plays modernized gypsy jazz music in the style of Django Reinhardt. The core group consists of guitarists Ethan Emerson and Ray Bergstrom, and bassist Geronimo LaChance. For more information on the band, visit www.icyhotclub.com/.