DjangoFest NorthWest 2016

DjangoFest NorthWest 2016


DjangoFest NorthWest Tickets

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DjangoFest NorthWest 2016

September 21-25, 2016

2016 DjangoFest Northwest again brings some of the best in world-class Gypsy Jazz performers to Whidbey Island. Topping the bill will be the great Stochelo Rosenberg, his brother Moses, and Christiaan Van Hermet. Leading up to the show will be a wide variety of top musicians from Europe and North America -- new artists and favorites such as Rhythm Future Quartet, Gustav Lundgren Trio, John Jorgenson Quintet, Pearl Django, Marc Atkinson Trio, Antoine Boyer and Samuelito, Zazi, Van Django, Hot Club or Troy, Antoine Boyer and Samuelito, Quinn Bachand and Friends, and Ranger and the Re-Arrangers with Eric Vanderbilt-Mathews. DjangoFest Northwest is the longest established Gypsy Jazz festival in North America and this year’s lineup, along with the workshops and jam sessions, guarantee an exciting time for everyone!

And, as always, numerous impromptu Djams pop up wherever one turns, as the entire village of Langley (Djangley), on beautiful Whidbey Island, (a short ferry ride from Seattle) gets into the full swing of things. Please, come join us for another unforgettable musical experience, guaranteed to put a tap in your foot and a grin on your face!  For more information on DjangoFest NorthWest and Langley, Washington, visit

2016 Saga DjangoFest Award

Noé Reine announced as winner of the 2016 Saga DjangoFest Award for Outstanding Musicianship in the Genre of Gypsy Jazz!

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Presented by

DFNW 2016 Lineup

  • The Rosenberg Brothers featuring Christiaan Van Hemert
  • John Jorgenson Quintet
  • Antoine Boyer and Samuelito
  • Rhythm Future Quartet
  • Pearl Django
  • Van Django
  • Gustav Lundgren Trio
  • Zazi
  • Quinn Bachand and Friends
  • Marc Atkinson Trio
  • The Hot Club of Troy
  • Ranger and the "Re-Arrangers" with Eric Vanderbilt-Mathews
  • Nuages


Wednesday Sept 21 8:00 pm

  • Marc Atkinson Trio
  • Nuages

Thursday Sept 22 8:00 pm

  • Van Django
  • Ranger and the Rearrangers with Eric Vanderbilt-Mathews

Friday Sept 23 Matinee

  • Pearl Django
  • Quinn Bachand & Friends

Friday Sept 23 8:00 pm

  • John Jorgenson Quintet with Special Guests Zazi
  • Antoine Boyer and Samuelito

Saturday Sept 24 Matinee

  • Gustav Lundgren Trio
  • Hot Club of Troy

Saturday Sept 24 8:00 pm

  • The Rosenberg Brothers featuring Christiaan Van Hemert

Sunday Sept 25 Matinee

  • Rhythm Future Quartet
  • Zazi

Sunday Sept 25 7:00 pm

  • Noé Reine - Saga Award recipient
  • Djam Europa – Stocholo & Mozes Rosenberg, Christiaan van Hemert, Gustav Lundgren, Andreas Unge, Martin Vidlund, Antoine Boyer, Jason Anick, Olli Soikkeli, Saga Award recipient Noé Reine and other special guests!


Thursday September 22 - 2:00 pm

  • Michael Gurule of Nuage – Wind instrument in Manouche Ensemble

    Playing a non-traditional wind instrument in a Manouche ensemble, Michael will give a heads up on blending a balancing with string ensembles. Also, we will learn some theory that is directly related to Django's and Stephane's approaches to soloing. How to integrate the concepts into daily practice. As well as transcribing Django licks for wind instruments in a musical language more familiar with wind players.

  • Quinn Bachand - Finding Your Style - All Levels

    Finding your style comes down to how you practice and what you listen to. In this workshop, we will discuss how Django likely developed his personal style and how you too can work on finding your own sound within the genre. To accomplish this, we will explore different scale degrees and tension-release chord progressions that are true to your taste. We will discuss how to effectively transcribe licks and solos from players, even outside of the genre, with styles you hope to emulate, helping you to become a more self-driven player

Friday September 23 - 10:00 am

  • Michael Horowitz -- Gypsy Picking Workshop - Right Hand Technique

    Right hand picking technique is one of the most demanding aspects of playing Gypsy jazz. This workshop will teach you the rest-stroke picking technique used by Django Reinhardt, Stochelo Rosenberg, Bireli Lagrene, and nearly every other Gypsy jazz guitarist. Learning to play with rest-strokes will give you the "Gypsy sound" by dramatically improving your volume, speed and tone. To help put the rest-stroke technique in context, students will learn several of the most commonly used Gypsy phrases, arpeggios, and chromatic runs which do not appear in my book Gypsy Picking. Students will also learn basic principles of efficient left hand fingerings which, when used in conjunction with the rest-stroke picking technique, allow one to play with improved speed and articulation. These examples will be included in handouts written in both standard notation and tablature.

    Michael Horowitz is the founder of the publishing company and Gypsy jazz retail store and is the author of the books Gypsy Picking, Gypsy Rhythm, and Unaccompanied Django.

Saturday September 24 - 10:00 am

  • Michael Horowitz -- Advanced Gypsy Rhythm Workshop

    This advanced rhythm workshop will teach you the sophisticated harmonic and rhythmic devices used by gypsy jazz legends Django Reinhardt, Bireli Lagrene, Stochelo Rosenberg, etc. You will learn rhythmic techniques such as the Shuffle, Long, Hit, Roll, Triplet, Double Time, Tremolo, and Syncopation. Additionally, you will learn how to instantly reharmonize any jazz tune with the following techniques: Adding Tensions, Tritone Substitution, ii-V subs, Gypsy Style Turn-Arounds, Line Cliches, and Deceptive cadences. Some of the most advanced and beautiful Gypsy style chord shapes will also be demonstrated.

    To put these techniques into context, you will learn a number of Gypsy jazz standards arranged using the advanced harmonic and rhythmic techniques demonstrated in the class. These techniques were transcribed from original recordings of Django, Bireli Lagrene, and Stochelo Rosenberg or learned directly from the Gypsies themselves. These examples will be included in handouts written in both standard notation and tablature.

    Michael Horowitz is the founder of the publishing company and Gypsy jazz retail store and is the author of the books Gypsy Picking, Gypsy Rhythm, and Unaccompanied Django.

  • Max O’Rourke -Rhythm Guitar Inside and Out

    Topics covered in the master class will include chord voicings, technique, achieving the right sound, advanced harmonic concepts, interacting with and supporting soloist, among others.

  • Christiaan van Hemert - the van Hemert system

    Christiaan van Hemert developed a unique gypsy jazz guitar improvisation system that enabled him to get to a high level of guitar playing in a short time. The so called "van Hemert system" will enable everyone to get to that level if they are willing to put in the necessary hours. In this workshop Christiaan will give a comprehensive overview of the system. All students will receive numerous detailed PDFs with the system written down to review at home. Workshop can be attended by players of all levels, from beginner to pro!

Saturday September 24 - 12:00 pm

  • John Jorgenson - Introduction to Gypsy Jazz

    Aimed at players who already have some skill on the guitar but are relatively new to Gypsy Jazz, the workshop will cover basic techniques in rhythm and lead playing including chord shapes, picking, tone, phrasing, equipment and foundations of music theory. This specific workshop will be tailored to the needs and skill levels of the attendees, with each participant receiving individual attention as well as class time.

    Spectators are welcome and video cameras are permitted.

  • Jason Anick - Swing Fiddle

    For this workshop, Jason will examine a standard swing tune and various classic licks and phrases to help you start improvising over that tune. Phrases will be taught by ear but will be supplemented with sheet music. He’ll also cover 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.

  • Quinn Bachand - Picking with Ease - All Levels

    No more seizing up in the middle of your solo! Don't let your pick slow you down. We will work on right hand technique, increasing stamina while minimizing effort and leading to a more broad and punchy, Django-esque sound.

  • Antoine Boyer – Free your Improvisation!

    Antoine Boyer is a former winner of the Djangofest/Saga award. Since then he has gone on to be one of the most recognized and sought after young guitarists working in the genre. In his words, “I will teach some methods and ways to find new paths on the guitar. This will help to develop your own style and your own music!”

Sunday September 25 - 10:00 am

  • Christiann van Hemert – Violin Improvisation

    During this workshop Christiaan van Hemert will explain his system for violin improvisation. The system is very different from the standard academic ways of learning improvisation. It is based on exercises to outline 4 (or 5 depending how you look at it) basic harmonic colours while integrating random chromaticism. This will enable to the user to employ his creativity while still making (a lot) of harmonic sense. It is recommended for participants to be familiar with chord symbols.

  • Quinn Bachand - 5-1s – All Levels

    In this workshop, we will relieve ourselves of any of the cliché licks and harmonies we may be prisoners to. We'll find ways of "getting out of the box", solo over our own substitutions and expand our individual perspectives on harmony. The goal of this workshop is to give you the fuel to power a flow of ideas during a solo, ensuring you're never stuck.

  • John Jorgenson - Improving Improvisation

    Specifically, for players who already possess medium to advanced technical skills on any instrument, but are looking to expand their ability to improvise solos. Included in the class will be theory, musical phrase development, and how to add dynamics and emotion to solos, as well as how to keep an audience engaged. Not for beginners.

  • Gypsy Guitar Accompaniment - Tommy Davy

    An in-depth examination of the techniques and authentic rhythm styles from the Parisian cabaret guitar style and the modern approach of Trio Dinicu. We will cover the musette valse, csardas, Romanian rhythms, Rumba, swing and proper right hand. The class will also include group participation, coaching and learning how to comp as a duo and trio.

    Concepts covered:

    • Right Hand Technique
    • Eastern European Rhythms (Sarba, Geamparale)
    • Russian Style
    • Right Hand Tremolo
    • Embellishments
    • Economy of movement
    • Posture and Hand Positions
    • Chord substitutions: The Gypsy way
    • Chord/Bass lines
    • Gypsy Picking
    • Tone
    • Suggested Listening (cd's provided)
  • Olli Soikkeli – Django’s Guitar

    Guitarist Olli Soikkeli, from the Rhythm Future Quartet, will be presenting a special Gypsy jazz guitar clinic. In the clinic you’ll learn a standard Gypsy jazz tune like "Djangos Tiger" along with various classic licks and phrases in the guitar style of Django Reinhardt. You will also learn the correct chord voicings and picking technique used within the style to help you get that authentic Gypsy sound. Open to all skill levels.

    Olli Soikkeli was born in Nurmes, Finland in 1991. He started playing guitar at age of 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. Soon Olli was playing in jazz clubs and festivals all around Finland. Despite his young age he’s already played with notable jazz artists such as Bucky Pizzarelli, Andreas Öberg, Paulus Schäfer, Antti Sarpila and Marian Petrescu and performed all over the world at jazz clubs and festivals. He has given clinics all over the world including Django in June, Djangofest Northwest, and Berklee College of Music.

Sunday September 25 - 12:00 pm

  • Stochelo and Mozes Rosenberg with Christiaan Van Hemert

    In this unique workshop attendees will be guided by the teaching team of the Rosenberg Academy (Stochelo Rosenberg and Christiaan van Hemert) and Mozes Rosenberg through the basics of Gypsy jazz guitar. The workshop will consist of demonstrations, explanations and detailed instructions on achieving that instantly recognizable Gypsy jazz guitar sound by using the right techniques and practice methods. Stochelo and Mozes have years of experience playing both as a soloists and rhythm players all over the world and have the ability to always be at the top of their game, no matter the circumstances. Christiaan has developed a teaching method which is used by hundreds of guitar players around the world at the Rosenberg Academy online. The application and explanation of this method in a live situation illustrated with on the spot demonstrations by Stochelo Rosenberg himself will prove an inspirational and invaluable experience. Don't miss this one!

    Workshop is open for spectator attendees and video is permitted.

  • Gustav Lundgren (Sweden) -Jazz Guitar

    Gustav much like his Swedish colleague and friend Andreas Öberg started his career playing modern jazz in the 1990's inspired by such players as Kurt Rosenwinkel, John Schofield and Pat Metheny before moving on to Gypsy Jazz in 2001. But even these days Gustav is blending his contemporary playing with his Django sound. His recently recorded a new album together with Jorge Rossy and Doug Weiss, demonstrating his very personal blend of bebop, gypsy jazz and modern sounds.

    On this workshop we'll focus only on solo playing. We will learn different ways on playing over dominant cords and playing thru 2-5-1 progressions. All this in a way you have never experienced before...

Featured Artists

The Roesenberg Brothers featuring Christiaan van Hemert

  • Stochelo Rosenberg - Guitar
  • Mozes Rosenberg - Guitar
  • Christiaan van Hemert - violin, double bass, and piano

Born in a Dutch Sinti Gypsy camp, Stochelo started playing guitar at age 10. His teachers were his father, his uncle and the records of Django Reinhardt. When he was 12, he and his band won first prize in a Dutch national children’s TV-contest and never looked back. Today, he is a world renowned ambassador for Gypsy Jazz and one of the most popular, in-demand guitarists in the world.

Mozes Rosenberg is Stochelo’s younger brother, and thanks to big brother’s influence, he grew up around some of the greatest Gypsy Jazz players in the world. Like many Gypsies, he started playing guitar at an early age and has recorded with Stochelo and Jimmy Rosenberg, and played with Paco de Lucia, and Joe Zawinul to name only a few. Mozes is a sensitive, all-around player who has that undeniable Rosenberg touch in all that he plays.

Christiaan van Hemert studied violin, double bass and piano at the Utrecht, Rotterdam and The Hague conservatories. He has produced and participated in countless concerts playing with - among others - the Rosenberg Trio, Mozes Rosenberg, Roby Lakatos, Tchavolo Schmitt, Juan José Mosalini, Sandra Rumolino, Philippe Catherine and as a soloist with The Residence Chamber Orchestra and the Metropole Orchestra. He led his own symphonic orchestra as a conductor/arranger and was both a soloist and conductor in the Amsterdam Concertgebouw. He toured for eight years throughout Europe as the artistic director and bandoneón player with Tango Dorado with which he recorded four well received CDs and one live concert DVD. Currently he is mostly active as a gypsy jazz violinist and guitarist playing with top musicians in this style around the world.

At any Gypsy Jazz festival in the world this amazing lineup would be heralded as the show “not to be missed” – and you’ll get your chance to see them in North America, but only here at DjangoFest Northwest!

John Jorgenson Quintet

  • John Jorgenson - acoustic guitar, bouzouki, clarinet, vocals
  • Jason Anick - jazz violin
  • Jon Jarvis - piano
  • Simon Planting - bass
  • Rick Reed - percussion

Music virtuoso John Jorgenson, known for his blistering guitar licks and mastery of a broad musical palette, has earned a reputation as a world-class musician and guitarist who has collaborated with the likes of Elton John, Bonnie Raitt, Luciano Pavarotti, and Bob Dylan. In addition to acoustic and electric guitars, he is also regularly featured on the mandolin, saxophone, clarinet, bouzouki, pedal steel, vocals and has garnered recognition for contributing to GRAMMY-winning and numerous platinum-selling albums. His dynamic Quintet’s authentic gypsy jazz—the string-driven swing created by Jean “Django” Reinhardt and Stephane Grappelli in 1930s Paris—is recognized internationally. One of the elite gypsy jazz players in the world, Jorgenson portrayed Django Reinhardt in the Hollywood feature film "Head In the Clouds." The John Jorgenson Quintet is comprised of Jorgenson (acoustic guitar, bouzouki, clarinet, vocals), Jason Anick (jazz violin), Jon Jarvis (piano), Simon Planting (bass) and Rick Reed (percussion). All About Jazz has described the John Jorgenson Quintet’s performance as “a mix of soulful romance and rollicking celebration, with Jorgenson’s fingers a blur that created avalanches of notes and chords, his dazzling prowess often caused listeners to gasp at the speed and sound...” A concert review by Djangobooks also gives the Quintet’s live performance high marks, noting the compositions are “strong in a variety of styles” and the arrangements are “fresh, complicated and compelling) while adding “the show is golden and the music soars.” And NPR has observed that “John Jorgenson has insanely fast fingers – they’re nothing but a blur when he’s notes-deep into a song.” Jason Anick, a prodigious graduate from the University of Hartford’s performing arts conservatory, the Hartt School, joined the Quintet in 2008. He is now a Boston-based performer, composer, and sought after instructor at the Berklee College of Music. Session pianist and keyboardist John Jarvis has performed on countless rock and country albums since the mid-70’s, having collaborated with musicians such as Rod Stewart, Vince Gill, Art Garfunkel, Delbert McClinton, and Chet Atkins, among many others. World renowned touring double bassist Simon Planting has studied with Europe’s finest and played with the top echelon of jazz manouche guitarists. Now based in San Francisco, he has been a member of the John Jorgenson Quintet since 2009. Originally from Alabama, Rick Reed spent many years in New York City playing jazz before relocating to Nashville, where he has played with a diverse range of artists from Shelby Lynne to Ray Davies from the Kinks. The John Jorgenson Quintet is preparing the release of its new (and most ambitious) recording yet, Returning, in 2014. The masterful quintet can be seen performing on stages all over the world.

Antoine Boyer and Samuelito

Antoine Boyer (1996) drank from the most authentic sources of gypsy jazz, being a disciple of such masters as Mandino Reinhardt and Francis-Alfred Moerman, with whom he recorded his first CD-DVD in 2009, which was acclaimed by French and American critics (Jazzman, Vintage Guitars). Antoine Boyer also performed Francis-Alfred Moerman's works in tribute concerts at the Angers Gypsy Swing festival in 2010, as well as the Django Reinhardt festival (Samois) in 2011.

Antoine Boyer's 2nd CD, Leské ('for him', in Sinti language) received several awards, among which Trad'Mag's 'Bravo'. In 2011, following the nuclear accident in Fukushima, Antoine Boyer organises a concert in Brussels to raise money for Act for Japan. Following the release of his 3rd CD, called Sita, which earned a 'Revelation' award from Jazzman magazine, Antoine Boyer was chosen as the « Revelation 2012 » by Guitarist Acoustic magazine. He is the first gypsy jazz guitarist to get this much sought distinction.

Antoine Boyer has been billed by most major gypsy jazz festivals in Europe and the United States. He has shared the stage with such renowned musicians as Stochelo Rosenberg, Philip Catherine, Angelo Debarre, Raphael Faÿs, Tim Kliphuis, Jon Larsen, Lollo Meier, Adrien Moignard, Robin Nolan, Paulus Schäfer, etc. In 2013, he participates in the recording of the CD « Rainbow Duets » with the bassist Ghali Hadefi. Antoine performs in duet with Jean-Philippe Watremez, Samuel Strouk, François Salque and many others. He also studies classical guitar with Gérard Abiton in Paris. He is the winner of the 2015 Montigny Classical Guitar Contest.

Samuel Rouesnel « Samuelito » was born in 1993 in Caen. He started classical guitar at seven at the Conservatoire of Caen (Normandy). He is very quickly fascinated by the the spanish guitar which lead him to the flamenco that he discovers through the cante (flamenco singing) and the guitar. At 9 he is initiated with the falsetas of Sabicas, Ramon Montoya and other great masters of the time. Then his meeting with the guitarist Ramon Sanchez makes him discover the modern shape of flamenco guitar, through the harmony and the techniques of Paco de Lucía.

Now installed in Paris, he is devoted to his various projects and compositions, being called to perform in many places in Europe. He received in 2012 the First Classical Prize of Guitar of the Competition of Albi, in 2013 the First Price of Flamenca Guitar of the Competition of Albi, and the same year the Second Price of the Classical Guitar Competition of Antony. He was also chosen as the « Revelation 2013 » by Guitarist Acoustic magazine. He finished the Pôle Supérieur de Musique of Paris in 2015, and the same year he recorded his first EP, « Viajero ».

Samuel performs regularly in public, in solo or with other musicians, singers or dancers. Many meetings will influence his style and will affirm him as a musician: Ibrahim Maalouf, Kévin Seddiki, Vincent Ségal, Gérard Abiton, Roland Dyens, Juan Carmona, Antonio Rey, Jeronimo Maya, and many others. Antoine Boyer & Samuelito met in the Conservatoire de Paris in the classical guitar class of Gérard Abiton. They started to play together and to build a new duo project which mix their different influences, techniques and repertoire (jazz, flamenco, classical, pop...). They played their first concert together in the Issoudun Guitar Festival in 2014 for the « Révélations Guitarist Acoustic » concert. They won the 4th European Guitar Award in Dresden (April 2016). Their motivation is to make a great and powerful meeting between their two guitar styles (steel and nylon) through the musics they love to play.

Rhythm Future Quartet

  • Jason Anick - Violin
  • Olli Soikkeli - Guitar
  • Max O'Rourke - Guitar
  • Greg Loughman - Bass

The acoustic jazz ensemble, Rhythm Future Quartet has a straightforward agenda: to keep the spirit of Gypsy jazz alive and expanding in today’s musical universe. The virtuosic foursome, named for a Django Reinhardt tune, offers up a newly minted sound, influenced by the classic Hot Club of France, yet wholly contemporary. Led by violinist Jason Anick and guitarist Olli Soikkeli, the quartet performs dynamic and lyrical arrangements of both Gypsy jazz standards and original compositions that draw upon diverse international rhythms and musical idioms. With Max O’Rourke on second guitar and Greg Loughman on bass, Rhythm Future is dedicated to expanding the boundaries of a vital musical genre.

Where the band’s self-titled debut album re-visited classic jazz and Gypsy jazz favorites, Travels, the quartet’s current release, concentrates on group originals that make captivating use of musical sources from outside the conventional Gypsy jazz terrain. Travels reflects both the accumulated knowledge garnered from the groups world wide touring as well as the international influences that inspired new rhythmic and harmonic possibilities within their compositions and arrangements.

Jason Anick, an award-winning composer and one of the youngest professors at the esteemed Berklee College of Music in Boston, has shared the stage with an array of artists including Grammy award winning guitarist John Jorgenson, Stevie Wonder, The Jim Kweskin Jug Band, and Tommy Emmanuel. Olli Soikkeli (coined “the Finnish boy wonder”) recently made the move from Scandinavia to New York City, where he quickly became a top call guitarist in the bustling Brooklyn jazz scene. He has performed alongside rising star Cyrille Aimee, world-renowned Gypsy guitarist Stochelo Rosenberg, Bucky Pizzarelli and many others.

Max O’Rourke was the winner of the 2015 Saga Award from DjangoFest Northwest, and at 19 has already toured/recorded with many of the top American Gypsy Jazz musicians including John Jorgenson and Gonzalo Bergara. Greg Loughman is a top call bassist in Boston and has been heard with such luminaries as Sheila Jordan, Curtis Fuller and George Garzone.

Pearl Django

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

With a performance history spanning more than 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 Stephane 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. They are celebrating the release of their 12th CD, “Time Flies” in 2015. Their latest disc features almost entirely original compositions by band members and has already multiple weeks on Top 40 Jazz Radio charts.

Van Django

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 punchy, driving and rhythmically inventive, combining a wealth of musical influences while maintaining their roots in the gypsy jazz made famous by the 1930's Quintet of the Hot Club of France.

Since the group's formation in 1998, they have toured extensively in Canada as well as international forays to the USA, Europe and China. The group has had repeat performances at Djangofest Northwest (DFNW) in 2008-2010 sharing the stage with gypsy jazz luminaries such as the John Jorgenson Quintet, the legendary gypsy jazz guitarist Romane and his group. Their first CD "Tiptoe Trip" has been well received and played on many radio stations at home and abroad including; CBC, RDI, Espace Musique, NPR and Lyric FM in Ireland. This past April, the band released its 2nd CD "Waltz in the Shape of a Tree".

Perhaps Nick Lehr, artistic director of Djangofest Northwest, summed it up best describing Van Django when he said:

"In an increasingly crowded niche, Van Django is a standout act. With a clever mix of contemporary standards, classical ditties, rock homages and solid originals they effortlessly whip the audience into a joyful frenzy. Attending a Van Django concert is the most fun you can have sitting down with your clothes on."

Gustav Lundgren Trio

  • Gustav Lundgren - Guitar
  • Martin Widlund - Guitar
  • Andreas Unge - Double Bass

Gustav Lundgren Trio was founded in 2011 in Stockholm. Gustav is known both in Sweden and abroad to be one of the world's foremost interpreters of guitarist Django Reinhardt. He founded the group Hot Club de Suede with Andreas Öberg already in 2001. Now, after a number of CD releases and constant touring with everyone from Anne Sofie von Otter and September to Jimmy Rosenberg, Antoine Boyer & Jorge Rossy, Gustav Lundgren settles down with his trio in a delightful mix of music from all over the world . They perform Django tunes and original material interspersed with compositions from Cuba, Brazil, Turkey, Venezuela, Norway, France, USA, Portugal and Spain. This is world music performed by a classical Gypsy Jazz Trio!

The latest album "Bertheléville" demonstrates the group's musical verity.


  • Dafne Holtland - piano, ukulele, vocals
  • Margriet Planting - cello, mandolin, vocals
  • Sabien Bosselaar - accordion, piano, vocals

The musical trio Zazi consist of the beautiful dutch girls Sabien Bosselaar, Dafne Holtland and Margriet Planting. During a school trip, Sabien and Dafne met Margriet, who worked as a model in Paris. Through a mutual friend, they got in touch and ended up on the steps of the Sacre-Coeur, where they sang a French drinking song for the camera of a friend.

Trio Zazi was born and started making songs in a style that they describe as ‘unique pop-folk’, with a touch of chanson with sometimes a jazzy edge. All three play different instruments: Sabien plays accordion and piano, Dafne piano and ukulele and Margriet cello and mandolin. The diversity of these girls is also reflected in the several languages they sing. In French, German, English, Spanish, Dutch and Norwegian they conquer rapidly Holland and abroad with great performances. The trio often covers existing numbers in their own very unique way. With this music, they signed up for the Concours de la Chanson of the Alliance Française. This contest marked the final birth of Zazi: the trio won the award and together they made the final decision to choose 100% for the music and really go for it. They performed for the Queen!, did the act for Charles Aznavour in the Heineken Music Hall and were the musical entertainment at fashion shows in Germany. One of the founders of Cirque du Soleil invited them to play in Canada and in addition they did four tours along the west coast of America. In recent years, the trio performed in many Dutch theaters with their own programs Zazi and Siren. We are big fans!

Quinn Bachand and Friends

  • Quinn Bachand- Guitar
  • Rhythm section TBA

Twenty year old Quinn Bachand is one of Canada's most outstanding young musicians. With diverse musical talents and a bottomless pool of creativity, Quinn Bachand is an experienced performer, a prodigious guitar player and gifted multi-instrumentalist who is at ease playing a wide range of styles, from Celtic to Jazz. A devoted Django fan and lover of Gypsy Jazz, Quinn has assembled a top-notch ensemble of jazz manouche players to form BRISHEN, a sizzling hot gypsy jazz and swing band.

Some musicians work tirelessly, applying themselves 'round-the-clock in their bid for perfection while others are simply born into it. Quinn Bachand - of the musical Bachand family from Victoria, Canada - is a natural - throwing both body and soul into becoming the best musician he can possibly be. From the early days of performing with his equally talented sister, Qristina, the then 11-year old wunderkind turned heads through his jaw-dropping abilities on acoustic guitar. Countless nominations and awards would follow the sibling powerhouse as they released three albums in 7 years, heavily focused on traditional Celtic roots music and making a name for it across the world stage. The duo have garnered a mantle-packing collection of national and international awards including two Irish Music Awards (2010 Top Traditional Group and 2011 Top Duo).

Their latest release, Little Hinges, reveals a restless spirit as Quinn, now 20, contributes his mastery on over a dozen instruments, sings for the first time and plays an integral role in the studio as the pair take their traditional expertise to a bold new frontier - staking their claim with more inventive fare destined to enlarge their audience. The album, which was released in January 2015, has garnered a nomination at the 2015 Western Canadian Music Awards for Roots Recording of the Year.

Ever the bold voyageur, Quinn also invested his love of gypsy jazz with the 2013 release of his band and same named CD, Brishen. Far from held back by any Celtic restrictions one might imagine, his instrumental prowess explodes across the 15-track eye-opener with the magic of both Charlie Christian and Django Reinhardt - ultimately bringing home five 2014 Canadian Folk Music Awards, as if he'd been swinging his way through Parisien Hot Clubs all his young life. Quite a stretch for the classically-trained violinist who by age 14 had reached the highest level and received top marks from the Royal Conservatory of Music.

This old-soul master, when not jumping from acoustic guitar to bouzouki, Hammnd B3 to clawhammer banjo/tenor banjo, fiddle and percussion while singing lead or harmonies, is a sought after side man (Ashley MacIsaac and Natalie MacMaster), popular guitar instructor and in demand recording session player. Quinn has recorded all the Celtic guitar, Irish bouzouki, tenor banjo, clawhammer banjo and bodhran tracks for the popular software program Band-in-a-Box. Yet his quest for music and learning never stops. Having recently won the Slaight Family Scholarship (4-year ful ride) to Boston's prestigious Berklee College of Music, Quinn proves a restless rogue, working towards a Brishen follow up while burning up the world's festival stages as he promotes Little Hinges, his latest album with sister Qristina. Don't try to guess where he'll turn up next - he's bound to surprise you all over again.

Marc Atkinson Trio

  • Marc Atkinson - acoustic lead guitar
  • Chris Frye - acoustic rhythm guitar
  • Joey Smith - stand up bass

Marc Atkinson is one of Canada's finest JUNO-nominated, Western Canadian award-winning musicians. He is the leader and composer of the internationally renowned Marc Atkinson Trio (and co-founder, composer and performer in the acclaimed, The Bills). The music of this virtuosic group is melodically captivating, sensually charged and ferociously, technically awe-inspiring. Embracing a lifetime of musical influences, Marc and the Trio have just released their fourth CD, The Marc Atkinson Trio IV, praised as the finest yet. The compositions on this CD are punchy, driving and rhythmically inventive. The Trio, formed in 2000, has toured North America, England and Europe and has received standing ovations everywhere they perform from the Montreal Jazz Festival to the Vancouver International Folk Festival to DjangoFest Northwest.

The many original Marc Atkinson compositions are jewels in Canadian guitar repertoire. The first three CDs are still garnering international attention for its stunning compositions and extraordinary guitar dexterity The Marc Atkinson Trio II was voted one of the top five albums in North America by Acoustic Guitar Magazine. The Marc Atkinson Trio III was nominated in 2006 for an Outstanding Album Award at the Western Canadian Music Awards.

The Marc Atkinson Trio IV pushes the boundaries of this instrumental group even further than the first 2 CDs. It is a technically demanding, melodic and rhythmically pulsing 50 minutes of music. The new CD includes 11 Marc Atkinson original compositions and one impressive rearrangements of Russian Rag. The compositions glide seamlessly from unusual beauty, to raucous rhythm. If you are a lover of the guitar, instrumental music or just music, you will love this new recording.

Marc Atkinson, a multi-instrumentalist/composer/arranger/producer, is one of Canada’s most talented musicians. His catchy compositions, found on the self-titled CDs I, II, III and now IV take guitar beyond the usual repertoire and sound. The tunes have a fiery but elegant guitar style, infused with a catchy blend of influences. All this while still maintaining the laidback humour and casual ‘good time feel’ of Canada’s West Coast. Atkinson’s picking has been described as flawless, surprise-filled, sizzling and supremely melodic. His music is original, complex and challenging in its conception and delivery but remains accessible and absorbing. The music of the Marc Atkinson Trio good-naturedly welcomes all listeners aboard for an intriguing, exhilarating and unforgettable ride.

Marc Atkinson is backed by Joey Smith on bass and Reuben Wier or Chris Frye on rhythm guitar.


  • Troy Chapman – guitar
  • Keith Bowers – guitar
  • Kristi O’Donnell – bass

Inspired by the compositions of legendary Gypsy guitarist Django Reinhardt, The Hot Club of Troy plays acoustic jazz in the master’s style and instrumentation. A swinging rhythm supplied by acoustic guitar and bass provides the foundation for the timeless beauty of Django’s melodies as played on his trademark Selmer guitar. Guitarist Troy Chapman brings a lifetime of Django admiration to the stage along with years of Gypsy jazz experience with groups including Northwest legends Pearl Django, and Billet-Deux. Guitarist Keith Bowers, also a Django devotee, and leader of Whidbey Island’s Trio Nouveau (and also a Billet-Deux member) adds another voice to the ensemble. Bassist Kristi O’Donnell, also a member of the great Trio Nouveau, holds down the bottom end with her upright bass, Emi. The Hot Club of Troy is based on Whidbey Island, and this will be their first DjangoFest Northwest performance.

Ranger and the "Re-Arrangers" with Eric Vanderbilt-Mathews

  • Ranger Sciacca - violin
  • Mick Nicholson - bass
  • Jeffrey Moose - percussion 
  • Dave Stewart - mandolin 
  • Michael Sciacca - rhythm guitar 
  • SPECIAL GUEST: Eric Vanderbilt-Mathews - clarinet & saxophone

Returning for their second DjangoFest NW performance, Ranger and the band have a diverse show planned! Get ready for a high-energy rhythm section and thrilling solos on at least 5 different instruments--plus a few fun vocal numbers mixed in! Violin -- At the heart of their sound is Ranger's sweet violin playing. Ranger divided his studies between old-time fiddle and classical improvisation—until a chance encounter with a CD of violin jazz ignited his interest in Django and Grappelli! Ranger’s playing draws from all the genres he has studied, and according to one reviewer, “features frantic staccato runs and an overall sense of tone that reveals many shades and moods.”

Mandolin -- Dave Stewart performs on the 5-string electric mandolin, tenor guitar, and traditional mandolin. He's also a tremendous vocalist, lending his silky smooth voice to swing standards!

Bass -- Mick Nicholson played for 11 years with the US Navy Band in Washington, D.C. He has toured extensively throughout the world, and performed for three sitting presidents and countless heads of state.

Percussion -- Born in Mexico and raised in West Africa, Jeffrey Moose is loved by fans for his creative, high-energy percussion, and playful vocal performances.

Rhythm Guitar -- Mike Sciacca is Ranger's father. Together, they formed the band in 2006, inspired by a trip to the Django Reinhardt festival in Samois-sur-Seine, France.

SPECIAL GUEST -- Eric Vanderbilt-Mathews Ranger and the “Re-Arrangers” first met Eric right here at DjangoFest NW in 2011, where they were electrified by his clarinet playing at the after-hours jams. The Whidbey Island native has attended the festival for 15 years, and volunteered for the past five years--he's excited to appear for the first time as a performer! Eric has a degree in Jazz Saxophone Performance and has won national awards, including Outstanding Soloist at the Lionel Hampton festival.


  • Michael-Paul Gurulé - Sax
  • Zach Zenovic - Guitar
  • David Campbell - Guitar
  • Sara Yates - Bass

Based in Bellingham, WA, between Seattle Vancouver BC, Nuages is the product of a passion for jazz inspired by Django Reinhardt, the father of Gypsy (Manouche) Jazz. The quartet continues to build on this elegant style of jazz that is noted for blending an Eastern European Gypsy flavor with a traditional swing sound. Founded in 2011, the group pays homages to Django by performing several of his compositions, but deviates from the traditional hot club quintet by incorporating saxophone with guitars and bass. Nuages combines both traditional and modern jazz concepts in their music, including Reinhardt’s works as well as material from the Modern Jazz Quartet, Van Morrison, and their own original compositions. The sound includes Hot Swing, French Chanteuse, Brazilian Samba and elements of West Coast Cool. Nuages can be heard their our home town of Bellingham and the surrounding community most times of the year.

Whidbey Island Center for the Arts

Whidbey Island Center for the Arts

This is another exciting year for DjangoFest Northwest-our fifteenth year of bringing national and international Gypsy Jazz stars to Whidbey Island Center for the Arts.

The mission of Whidbey Island Center for the Arts is to inspire, nourish, and enhance the artistic, social, and economic well being of the community. We do this by promoting, developing, and presenting a diverse offering of high quality theatre, music, dance, literature, and visual arts in an outstanding venue, and by creating educational and participation opportunities.

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DjangFest NorthWest Partners