Stunning line-up for gypsy jazz festival in Ramelton

ALL ROADS lead to Ramelton this weekend for a feast of brilliant music at the Django Sur Lennon Gypsy Jazz Festival.

One of the styles of jazz performed is what has today become known as “gypsy jazz” or gypsy swing.

This style of jazz is most often attributed to gypsy guitarist Django Reinhardt and violinist Stephane Grapelli who founded the all strings jazz ensemble, The Quintet du Hot Club de France, in the 1930s in Paris, France.

This style is at times also referred to as “jazz manouche”, from the French term meaning “gypsy”. The style’s creation often being attributed to Django, the musical characteristics and the blending of gypsy musical elements with jazz and the fact that it has largely been fellow gypsies (until recently) who have carried and preserved the musical legacy of Django Reinhardt since his death in 1953, makes the term “jazz manouche” one that is quite fitting in describing this genre.

With this in mind, a wonderful celebration of this music genre comes to the heritage town of Ramelton this weekend.

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Here’s a line-up of what’s ahead:

Friday 28th Oct 8pm – 10pm Town Hall

Romane and guests

Sat 29th 11am – 1pm.

Gypsy Jazz guitar workshop hosted by Romane.

Sat 29th 2 – 4pm Kourosh Kanini and guests… Mystery venue!

Bus from Gamble’s square at 1.45pm. Limited to 50 people.

Weekend ticket holders get first shout.

Sat 29th 5.30 – 7.30pm

Irene Ypenburg with The Manouche Band

Sat 29th 9pm – 11pm Town Hall

Dario Napoli Trio

Sun 30th 11am – 1pm Town Hall

Gypsy Jazz guitar workshop with Dario Napoli

Sun 30th 2.30 – 4.30

Festival closing gig

There will of course be informal Jazz sessions and performances in various venues around town over the festival weekend!

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