Blending swing and Roma musical traditions into jazz melodies made Belgian-born Django Reinhardt a legend in Europe and eventually, around the world. In the 1930s, he adapted his style of playing after losing use of two fingers in a house fire, and the resulting colourful, unique take on the jazz guitar (coined “gypsy swing” and “hot jazz”) was an instant hit in Paris clubs. In the next two decades, Reinhardt toured the United States with Duke Ellington and recorded with the likes of Dizzy Gillespie. His legend lives on today, and will be brought to life by “A” Band, NiteCap and faculty guest performers in this special tribute show.
Music Direction: Brad Turner ("A" Band) & Réjean Marois (NiteCap)