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88.5 NPR and the Pacific Jazz Institute at Dimitriou’s Jazz Alley
present Pearl Django with special guest Andreas Öberg to ring in the
first week of 2008! Band members include Neil Andersson, and Ryan
Hoffman (guitars), Rick Leppanen (bass) Michael Gray (violin), David
Lange (accordion) and very special guest Andreas Öberg (guitar). Set
times on Tuesday and Wednesday are at 7:30pm. Set times on Thursday and
Friday are at 7:30pm and 9:30pm and Sunday at 7:30pm. Both sets on
Saturday are full.
Seattle-based Pearl Django swings in 2008 for five nights at
Dimitriou’s Jazz Alley with special guest Andreas Öberg!
in Stockholm, by the age of 18 Andreas Öberg made a name for himself on
the vibrant Swedish scene performing with many of Swedens top jazz
artists while also attending the Royal Music Academy in Stockholm. He
has performed with a wide array of artists including Les Paul, Larry
Coreyll, Barbara Hendricks, John Pisano, Frank Vignola, Bucky
Pizzarelli, Howard Alden, Dorado Schmitt and Angelo Debarre just to
name a few. A versatile guitarist, Andreas Öberg plays mainstream jazz,
modern jazz and gypsy swing. Most recently Öberg was the winner of the
Audience Prize at the Gibson International Guitar Competition in
The music pioneered by Gypsy guitarist
Django Reinhardt and his partner in swing, violinist Stephane
Grappelli, is still utter bliss in the esteemed hands of Pearl Django,
now celebrating their fourteenth year of performing and recording. With
a continuously fresh and entrancing sound, bands like Pearl Django
rejuvenate a love and talent for “Gypsy swing,” a style that was once
the height of sophistication. With urbanity, romance, and a sense of
urgency, the music of Pearl Django reaches out to the sophisticates of
a new millennium as something joyful and timeless. Gypsy jazz and “hot
club” music has been enjoying a major resurgence across the United
States and Pearl Django continues to be one of the busiest proponents
of that style. Pearl Django’s followers include Reinhardt and Grappelli
fans, guitarists and guitar enthusiasts who relish nimble and intricate
picking, world music fans drawn to French and Gypsy accents, plus jazz
buffs and aficionados of the swing scene.
Andreas Öberg to join them this year, Pearl Django is continuing their
January tradition of having the best of Gypsy and mainstream jazz
artists to begin the year. Prior guest artists have included Howard
Alden, Robin Nolan, Frank Vignola, Patrick Saussois and Ken Peplowski.