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April 2019

APRIL IN PARIS – A Festival of Django Jazz

April 26 @ 8:00 pm - April 28 @ 10:30 pm PDT
St. James Hall, 3214 W. 10th Ave.
Vancouver, British Columbia V6K 2L2 Canada
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$28 – $33

THE BILLS – Friday, April 26 - 8pm With two previous JUNO nominations and multiple Western Canadian Music Awards under their belts, The Bills truly are a Canadian acoustic music super-group, and their combined creative studio talent and explosive live shows have made them legendary folk/roots entertainers. Whether spinning on your recorded playlist, entertaining an intimate theatre audience or rocking a festival crowd of 10,000, these five gifted multi-instrumentalists are masters at somehow leaving listeners breathless and revitalized all at once. For this very special April in Paris show, The Bills will showcase their deep and renowned arrangements and compositions in the European/Romany (Gypsy) jazz realm.  Featuring players and soloists like Richard Moody on the violin and Marc Atkinson on the guitar, listeners will be enchanted and uplifted by the romance and deep swing conjured up by this quintet of passionate players. You may think you know them for other acoustic styles, but when The Bills tap into their delight for the sounds of traditional Eastern European and Gypsy jazz sounds, you are guaranteed to be moved to tears of joy and pleasure! THE HOT CLUB OF MARS / THE LAWLESS FIRM – Saturday, April 27 - 8pm The Hot Club of Mars has become a tradition at this festival, appearing every year since the very beginning! It is Vancouver’s most eclectic gypsy swing ensemble. Travel back in time to the early acoustic swing era of the 1920s & 30s and experience one of Vancouver’s most eclectic gypsy-jazz ensembles. Chanteuse Deanna Knight shares sassy and sultry vocals alongside the driving rhythms and hot solos of the band. Rooted deeply in the rhythms of Django Reinhardt, this unique ensemble adds to a traditional sound with melody, charm and loads of fun. You will enjoy a clever repertoire, spanning a full century from historical tangos written in the early 1900s to contemporary songs of today. The Lawless Firm is the new Gypsy jazz group on the block, made up of several musicians from disparate bands. Guitarist Michael Dunn has been a fixture in the Gypsy jazz world in Vancouver from its beginnings in the late sixties. Chanteuse Eleanore Dunn, whose repertoire encompasses music from the American songbook, has what people have described as an “old fashioned voice” ideally suited to the music of the time. The group will feature some original Django pieces seldom heard as well as some surprises.  VAN DJANGO – Sunday, April 28 - 8pm Van Django is an acoustic string ensemble made up of four of Canada's most talented and eclectic musicians; violinist Cameron Wilson, guitarist Budge Schachte, guitarist/cellist Finn Manniche and bassist Brent Gubbels. Van Django's music is well-rooted in the gypsy jazz of 1930's Paris France, but beyond that it's all pure blue-skying; flights of dazzling fancy, driving rhythms and boundless creativity featuring original compositions and arrangements including humorous mash-ups that showcase their eclectic influences in full regalia. Nick Lehr, director of Djangofest Northwest, said: "In an increasingly crowded niche, Van Django is a standout act. Attending a Van Django concert is the most fun you can have sitting down with your clothes on."

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