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DjangoFest Mill Valley 2014

June 6-8, 2014

Celebrating its 9th year in this truly incredible venue, the 142 Throckmorton Theatre,  DjangoFest Mill Valley, is once again bringing the music and spirit of the great French/Belgian Gypsy guitarist, Django Reinhardt, to our many loyal fans.   We have a tremendous lineup this year, with three nights of concerts and two days of workshops all set in the beautiful Redwoods of Northern California. 

On Friday evening, June 6th we have the internationally acclaimed Robin Nolan Trio.  Opening for them is Seattle's long running and ultra successful Gypsy Jazz outfit, Pearl Django.  These are two veteran groups at the top of their game, each with their own original and unique spin on the genre. It promises to be an unforgettable event.

On Saturday, June 7th, we have the Hot Club d'Europe with Olli Soikkeli, Tim Kliphuis and Simon Planting bringing their talents together for the first of a series of concerts,  an extraordinary display of virtuosity and musicianship.   This is the ‘real deal’, Gypsy Jazz played by three of the hottest players in Europe today.  Opening for them is the incredible Trio Dinicu, one of fastest rising groups on the scene today, with their thoroughly modern take on some traditional Roma  and Eastern European music.

On Sunday, June 8th, at the earlier 3pm hour,  we will have our traditional All-star Djam,  featuring all of the above and a few surprises as usual.    Opening the evening will be Rhythm Future Quartet, led by DjangoFest regular, Jason Annick and Olli Soikkeli, the Finnish Phenom.

And as always, we will offer a world class series of workshops, designed for both the beginner and the advanced, with openings for both guitarist and violinists interested in pursuing this style.  See the workshop schedule.

Join us and other Gypsy Jazz fans, players and enthusiasts from around the world, to congregate in the beautiful  Mill Valley and attend a series of concerts, workshops and impromptu ‘Djam’ sessions featuring top internationally renowned players mixing it up with local stars and aficionados of the genre.

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DFMV 2014 Lineup

  • Hot Club d'Europe featuring Olli Soikkeli, Tim Kliphuis, Jimmy Grant, and Simon Planting
  • Robin Nolan Trio
  • Pearl Django
  • Trio Dinicu
  • Rhythm Future Quartet

Airfare for Hot Club d'Europe

generously provided by

Spencer and Elizabeth Cubage!


Friday June 6th

  • Pearl Django
  • Robin Nolan Trio

Saturday June 7th

  • Trio Dinicu
  • Hot Club d'Europe

Sunday June 8th

  • Rhythm Future Quartet with Olli Soikkeli and Jason Anick
  • All Star Djam with Robin Nolan, Olli Soikkeli, Tim Kliphuis, Jason Anick and more...

Saturday June 7th

  • 10:00-12:00 Kevin Nolan - Mastering Gypsy Jazz Rhythm

    Mastering Gypsy Jazz Rhythm

    Here is a very rare opportunity to learn from one of the best Gypsy Jazz rhythm guitarists in the genre – Kevin Nolan, who has played with most major Gypsy Jazz artists and is the rhythmic foundation to the Robin Nolan Trio.  Kevin will show you how to play in the various styles including La Pompe (traditional Gypsy swing), Modern Gypsy rhythm, bolero, Gypsy bossa and other exciting Latin-based Gypsy styles.  He will not only show you the basics of these styles but also the subtle nuances that give each of these styles character and your own personal identity stamp.  It has been years since Kevin has given such a workshop in the United States – do not miss this chance to learn from this master guitarist!

    Due to unforseen circumstances, this class will be taught by Robin Nolan.

  • 12:00-2:00 Robin Nolan - Gypsy Jazz Workshop

    Robin Nolan’s Gypsy Jazz Workshop

    When you walk away from this workshop on your way to the Djam you will have a newfound confidence in your playing and more to the point a new stash of Ninja moves which will make your playing sound better than ever before.

    It is Robin’s mission to give as much of what he knows about music, the guitar, and Gypsy Jazz to you within the short amount of time you have to share together.

    In his workshops you sit in a circle so every student can see each other and are included in the music making. Guitars are out of their cases, in tune and ready to go.

    All you need to bring is your instrument and your passion for Gypsy Jazz.

    Within the framework of some Gypsy Jazz classics, Robin will show you some of his favorite and most useful ideas:

    • Robin will help you eliminate uncertainty from your soloing with his “Anti Waffle” approach. 
    • Robin gets to the bottom of playing ‘le pompe’ swing rhythm.  He has developed a foolproof method of teaching this essential skill. If you can count to 4 you’re almost there. You’ll also learn the coolest rhythm embellishments and exactly where to put them. 
    • You’ll look at Bossa Dorado and Robin will teach some Ninja moves that kick butt over the tune. Also the Gypsy Bossa rhythm which is vital to get right. 
    • You will hone in on some major key swingers like ‘Djangology’, ‘All of Me’ & ‘J’attendrai’ and learn some cool lead lines as well as chordal ideas and voicings which will have you playing these tunes with new depth and confidence. 
    • You will do the same with some minor key swingers like ‘Minor Blues’, ‘Minor Swing’ & ‘Swing Gitane’ learning some spicy Gypsy licks over these tunes, as well as some from Robin’s own personal stash. 
    • Robin will show you some killer ways of approaching Nuages (Django’s most famous ballad) which will encompass both harmonic & rhythmical options giving you a new and fresh look at this musical gem. 

    So if you’re ready to start Djamming with way more confidence and skill pronto, plus have some serious fun at the same time then make your move now and sign up for this unique experience while there’s still spaces left.


Sunday June 8th

  • 10:00-12:00 Olli Soikkeli - Gypsy Jazz "Combining styles"

    Gypsy Jazz "Combining styles"

    Olli has played with many Dutch Gypsies guitar masters like Paulus Schäfer and Feigelie Prisor. He's also known for playing with American musicians like Bucky Pizzarelli, Frank Vignola and Nicki Parrott. In this unique and personal workshop, Olli demonstrates how he developed his own style from these different influences. He then teaches how to apply licks and lines from other styles of music to Gypsy Jazz and Gypsy jazz ideas to other styles.

  • 10:00-12:00 Jason Anick - Swing Fiddle Workshop

    Swing Fiddle Workshop 

    For this workshop, we’ll examine standard swing tunes and various licks and phrases to help you start improvising over the tune. Phrases will be taught by ear but will be supplemented with sheet music. We’ll also learn various stylistic approaches (vibrato, bowing, etc.) to help you get that authentic swing sound achieved by jazz violin greats like Stephane Grappelli and Joe Venuti.


  • 12:00-2:00 Paulus Schäfer - The Gypsy Swing of the Dutch School

    The Gypsy Swing of the Dutch School

    Paulus Schäfer is an exceptional representative of the internationally renowned Dutch School of the most swinging Gypsy jazz. He grew up in a Sinti community on a caravan camp in Nuenen where everyday was spent playing with teachers such as Waso Grünholz and Stochelo Rosenberg.  

    In this workshop he tests the level of the participants with respect for the individual quality. This allows him to fit each student with the appropriate level of Gypsy Swing licks after loosening of the left and right hands. He often starts with a few Gypsy jazz and American swing tunes such as Minor Swing and Lady Be Good. Paulus was chosen to be the top instructor a few years ago at Django in June and he rejoices at the opportunity to lead workshops at DjangoFest.

    Due to unforseen circumstances this workshop is cancelled.

Featured Artists

Hot Club d'Europe

  • Olli Soikkeli - Guitar
  • Tim Kliphuis - Violin
  • Jimmy Grant - Guitar
  • Simon Planting - Bass

One of the great hot beds of contemporary Gypsy Jazz is Holland, and this lineup is among the best there can be!  Among them, this group of extraordinary musicians represents every facet of Gypsy Jazz music from heritage and culture to innovation, musicianship and leadership in the greatest Gypsy Jazz bands during the last 20 years.

Paulus Schäfer is an exceptional representative of the internationally renowned Dutch School of Gypsy jazz. He grew up in a Sinti community on a caravan camp in Nuenen, Holland, where everyday was spent playing with teachers as Waso Grünholz and Stochelo Rosenberg.  

Olli Soikkeli, still in his early 20’s, was born in Nurmes, Finland and started playing guitar at age 12. After a few years of playing Olli was introduced to the music of great Django Reinhardt and Gypsy Jazz has been Ollis main focus ever since. Despite his young age he’s already played with stars such as Bucky Pizzarelli, Andreas Öberg, and Paulus Schäfer. In 2011 Olli recorded his first album "Trois Générations" and in 2012 he recorded his second album "Kouvola Junction".

The Neatherland’s Tim Kliphuis is an award-winning violinist and a legend in the Gypsy Jazz world. He has worked with the “best of the best” including The Rosenberg Trio, Fapy Lafertin and Angelo Debarre. He has performed at all the major Django festivals worldwide and is seen by many as the inheritor of  Stéphane Grappelli’s crown. His latest CD,  “The Grappelli Album”, has received rave reviews.

Simon Planting is the undisputed leader among Gypsy jazz bassists, having played with the crème de la crème of jazz manouche guitarists such as Fapy Lafertin, Jimmy Rosenberg, Angelo Debarre, Dorado, Tchavalo and Samson Schmitt, Robin Nolan, Andreas Oberg, John Jorgenson, Gonzalo Bergara, and other jazz greats, Larry Coryell, Bill Frisell, and Howard Alden to name a few. The Dutch native, who now lives in San Francisco, has toured the world numerous times playing Gypsy Jazz, and he has been a player on countless classic recordings of Gypsy Jazz during the past 30 years.

Robin Nolan Trio

  • Robin Nolan - Guitar
  • Tommy Davy - Guitar
  • Arnoud van den Berg - Bass

Robin Nolan has been an international star in the Gypsy Jazz arena for more than 20 years. Born in Vietnam, English by birthright, and living in Holland, Robin has played on every major continent and at every major Gypsy Jazz Festival in the world. The Robin Nolan Trio was personally invited by George Harrison to perform at a private party, and Robin has played with artists ranging from every major Gypsy Jazz artist to rock legends Albert Lee and Bill Wyman of the Rolling Stones. In this trio lineup, Robin is reunited with his brother Kevin on rhythm guitar and Dutch bassist Arnoud van den Berg. Robin is also a pioneer and one of the top instructors in the Gypsy Jazz world, having taught courses around the world, on the internet, and by books and CDs for more than 15 years.

Rhythm Future Quartet

  • Jason Anick - Violin
  • Olli Soikkeli - Guitar
  • Matt Munisteri - Guitar
  • Greg Loughman - Bass

When four young jazz virtuosos decided to join forces, the Rhythm Future Quartet was born. Named after the Django Reinhardt tune, the Rhythm Future Quartet performs dynamic and fiery arrangements of Gypsy jazz standards and original compositions. The quartet features Jason Anick on violin, Olli Soikkeli and Matt Munisteri on guitars, and Greg Loughman on bass. Over the years they have individually been performing alongside top Gypsy jazz/swing musicians like John Jorgenson, Frank Vignola, Bucky Pizzarelli, Andreas Öberg, Mark O'Connor, and Howard Alden and have finally joined forces to form this special group. 

"Collective jaws dropped at the sheer virtuosity of The Rhythm Future Quartet!  The group's stellar musicianship, good humor, and reverence for this important musical tradition made for an unforgettable evening.  We can't wait to have them back!"

- Dana Packard, The Saco River Theatre

Pearl Django

  • Michael Gray - Violin
  • David Lange - Accordion
  • Ryan Hoffman - Guitar
  • Troy Chapman - Guitar
  • Rick Leppanen - Bass

With a performance history spanning almost two decades, Pearl Django endures as one of the most highly regarded Hot Club style groups working today. Although the band’s roots are firmly in the music made famous by Django Reinhardt and Stephan Grappelli, its extensive repertoire includes traditional jazz classics and original compositions. Pearl Django has performed at festivals, dances and nightspots throughout the U.S. and abroad. They have played at the prestigious Festival Django Reinhardt in Samois sur Seine and have been featured on NPR’s “All Things Considered.” The band’s signature style is marked by pristine and dexterous string work, colors of Bal Musette, the steady pulse of rhythm guitar and an unmistakable swing that delights audiences of all musical sensibilities. Throughout the years, Pearl Django has cultivated a devoted and enthusiastic following and they continue to play to packed houses wherever they perform.

Trio Dinicu

  • Luanne Homzy - Violin
  • Tommy Davy - Guitar
  • Frank Anastasio - Bass, Vocals

Hailed as "dazzling" by the San Francisco Chronicle, L.A.’s Trio Dinicu combines the forces of three world-class musicians - a lightning-fast violinist with touching expressivity, a virtuoso guitarist with Gypsy authenticity and a legendary Parisian bassist with deep soul - who bridge the gaps of classical, jazz and folklore, expanding these genres as never before.

Highly regarded for their unique creativity, Trio Dinicu blends the depth of classical training with the spontaneity of jazz and the excitement of the European folk tradition. They have performed for enthusiastic audiences across the United States and Canada at venues such as Djangofest Northwest in Washington and Music By The Sea at Bamfield in Canada, as well as on American National Public Radio. They have also engaged in performances for the under-privileged in collaboration with the L.A. based musical activists from Street Symphony.

Their repertoire consists of traditional pieces - folk, gypsy, classical or jazz - that the Trio reinvents in its own language, leaving the listener in awe and always wanting more. 

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