FRIDAY-SATURDAY-SUNDAY...JANUARY 20-22, 2017
$25 per night, $60 3-night admission - ON SALE NOW!
14th Annual DJANGO REINHARDT FESTIVAL: FW
"The Only Annual Festival in the Southwest"

3 NIGHTS OF FOOD, FILM, LIVE MUSIC & FRENCH AMBIENCE CELEBRATING THE LIFE OF THE KING OF GYPSY JAZZ,
JEAN BAPTISTE "DJANGO" REINHARDT (1910-1953)

Les Paul called Django “the greatest guitar player that ever lived” and Duke Ellington declared Reinhardt the only non-American
to make an impact on jazz.

Musical Guests Include:
Marcelo Berestovoy, Your Mom's Hot Club (featuring Albanie Falletta)
Gypsy Moon, The Jitterbug Vipers (with the Inimitable Francie MeauxJeaux)
Tom Reynolds Quartet, String Theory Manouche

Ticket price includes a “taste” of Country French cuisine, ie, coq au vin, onion soup, white bean soup,salad Nicoise. Advance ticket purchase preferred but for additional information or to make a reservation, please call 817-923-9500, or email us at artsfifthavenue@aol.com.

FRIDAY/JANUARY 20 - Doors Open at 6:30 pm.
7:00 pm:           Documentary film & a taste of French cuisine.
8:00 pm:           Music by MARCELO BERESTOVOY (Dallas) followed by YOUR MOM'S HOTCLUB featuring Albanie Falletta (New Orleans)

SATURDAY/JANUARY 21 - Doors Open at 6:30 pm.
7:00 pm:           Documentary film & a taste of French cuisine.
8:00 pm:           GYPSY MOON (Austin) followed by The JITTERBUG VIPERS with Francie "MeauxJeaux" (Austin)

SUNDAY/JANUARY 22: Doors open at 5:30 pm.
6:00 pm            Documentary film & a taste of French cuisine.            
7:00 pm            Music by TOM REYNOLDS QUARTET (Fort Worth) followed by STRING THEORY MANOUCHE(DFW)

GYPSY GUITAR CLASSES & GYPSY JAZZ JAM.
PLEASE CALL 817-923-9500 TO REGISTER FOR CLASS. STUDENTS MUST FURNISH THEIR OWN GUITAR.
SATURDAY

                                       2:00-3:30 pm. Cost $25 for this 1-1/2 hour class.
                                       Contemporary Gypsy Styles with Marcelo Berestovoy. Learn a song that you can play during the Gypsy Jazz Jam

                                       2:00-3:00 pm. Cost $15 for this 1 hour class.
                                       Gypsy Jazz Technique with Ray Sriro. “Hot Licks demonstrating common passages used in contemporary Gypsy Jazz Tunes

SATURDAY...4 PM...GYPSY JAZZ JAM  - OPEN to all Gypsy Jazz Players


SUNDAY - PLEASE NOTE CHANGES IN TIME AND PRICE

3:00-4:30 PM Cost $25 for this 1-1/2 hour class **BUY A TICKET TO SUNDAY NIGHT SHOW AND

GET THIS CLASS FOR 1/2 PRICE**
Gypsy Chords & Rhythms - All Levels with Kim Platko.


ABOUT DJANGO REINHARDT (1910 – 1953)
On January 23, 1910 in Liverchies, Belgium – the Gypsy Jazz King was born: Jean Baptiste “Django” Reinhardt.  Django (pronounced John-go and meaning “To Awake”) grew up in a Manouche Gypsy caravan. These French Gypsies or Manouches were a world unto themselves, medieval in their beliefs, and distrustful of modern science. Django grew up in this world of contradictions, one foot in the bustling big city of Paris and the other in the age-old life of the nomadic gypsy. Though born into poverty, Django had the soul of a nobleman and this natural elegance of bearing and attitude expressed itself in his music.  In 1928, his trailer caught fire and he was severely burned; two fingers on his left hand were seared together. Despite all odds, he was able to play guitar again as he invented a new chord technique to allow him to play with only 2 fingers. Django was an important influence on the likes of contemporary guitarists such as Les Paul, Charlie Christian, B.B. King, Jerry Garcia, and Chet Atkins. Les Paul called Django “the greatest guitar player that ever lived” and Duke Ellington declared Reinhardt the only non-American to make an impact on jazz. On May 16, 1953, Django suffered a massive brain hemorrhage and died at the age of 43, his legacy lives on today.

ABOUT 2017'S MUSICAL ARTISTS:

MARCELO BERESTOVOY - Latino artist, composer, and guitarist. Marcelo has inspired a new musical trend that he calls "Southern World Music". This innovative mix of sounds is a blend of tango from Argentina, flamenco from the south of Spain, and several musical styles from Southern California. 2016 IS Marcelo's second appearance at the Festival and he will be joined by fellow Django enthusiast guitarist, JOEL PIPKIN.

YOUR MOM’S HOT CLUB
Albanie Falletta/Guitar & Vocals with Paul Anastasio/Violin, Jamey Cummins/Guitar, & Ryan Gould/String Bass
A native of Monroe, Louisiana, Albanie was in her formative years exposed to the local dance music of Louisiana: the sounds of cajun, zydeco, blues and gospel musics at festivals and backyard parties. Shortly after relocating with her family to San Marcos, Texas at the age of nine, Albanie began taking guitar lessons and developing an interest in acoustic-roots and electric blues, punk rock, and hair metal.  Albanie began her love and study of early American Jazz as a freshman in highschool in Wimberley, Texas, when she was exposed to the Parisian Romani guitarist Django Reinhardt. Listening fervently to recordings of Reinhardt, Louis Armstrong, Billie Holiday, Fats Waller, and other such great figures of jazz, she began to develop her feel for swing. Soon she was performing alongside mentors including the legendary SLIM RICHEY and other players of the Austin scene where she lived and performed in the years after high school. In the 2013, Albanie relocated to New Orleans, Louisiana, where she is currently living and performing with various traditional jazz and swing ensembles. 

GYPSY MOON is the culmination of many years of exploration into the world of guitar music. Ray and Linda Sriro both began playing at the age of 14, Linda drifted smoothly though folk and classical styles while Ray amazed listeners with his high speed rock solos. When they met they began to explore jazz and swing standards. Linda drifted away from the guitar for awhile and became an experienced vocalist for everything from blues to jazz to musical theater. The couple longed to play together again but couldn’t find the right vehicle for their diverse styles until they discovered the music of Django Reinhardt. It is with much joy that Ray and Linda bring some of this great gypsy jazz back to life. Full of rhythm and romance, it’s a gypsy waltz across Texas. GYPSY MOON is Ray Sriro/Guitar and Linda Sriro/Guitar.

JITTERBUG VIPERS
Francie Meaux Jeaux/Bass, Bree Romeo/Vocals, Masumi Jones/Drums, Dave Lincoln/Guitar, Connor/Piano, Dale Morris, Jr/Violin  
Austin Music Awards 2013 – 2014  Best Jazz Band 2014, Best Bass Player and Best Drummer.“The local quartet’s one of the funniest and best bands you can catch around Austin”.  W.H. Harris Austin Chronicle. This band was founded by Slim Richey who helped found this Django Festival.  He is always with us in spirit.  “The most dangerous guitar player in Texas” and winner of Best Electric and Best Acoustical Guitar player in Austin.

TOM REYNOLDS - Tom Reynolds/Guitar, Paul Unger/Bass, Andy Crisanti/Clarinet, and Jesse Meador/Violin. 

STRING THEORY MANOUCHE - Kim Platko/Guitar, Dean Boras/Guitar, Marla Sporrer/Bass, Wana Hong/Violin, Kathryn Hackett (of LaPompe)/Vocals   and the spirit of Django Reinhardt, “The Magnificent Gypsy." STRING THEORY MANOUCHE formed to explore the nuances and influence of stringed instruments on today’s jazz music, specifically the influence of Gypsy jazz guitar legend, Django Reinhardt. Their music is pure…it is pristine…it is the very essence of Django. 

In 2004, Kim and fellow Trio Blanc musicians Rex Bozarth and Mark Menikos were contacted by Gracey Tune, founder and artistic director of  Arts Fifth Avenue in Fort Worth to be an "anchor" group of a new event she had in mind to produce:   an annual celebration of the birthday of the guitarist whose name more than any other is synonymous with the term "Gypsy Jazz" — Django Reinhardt. Since that time, the Django Reinhardt festival has flourished and grown into a three-day multimedia party. Kim and Mark have performed every year heading up a hand-picked group of supporting players.

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