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Great Canadian Jazz

Confederation Park

Saturday, July 20 at 6:30pm

Price: $20.00 or Concert Pass

In 1995, André Séguinot set out to find some musicians who shared his love for the gypsy swing music of the Hot Club de France which rose to international fame in 1930’s Paris thanks to it’s two extraordinary soloists, guitarist Django Reinhardt and classically-trained violinist Stéphane Grappelli. From impromptu gatherings and jams, the Club Django Sextet of Toronto was born.

Musical director Johnny Farrell hails from Toronto. He is an accomplished musician and educator who boasts a wide range of musical experiences. Multi-talented and eclectic violinist Chris Bartos, from Ottawa, studied at the Berklee College of Music in Boston and privately with Gary Peacock. Rhythm guitarist Tony Oldland is originally from the U.K.. He is the resident ethno-musicologist of the group. Abbey Sholzberg was born in Montréal and studied music at McGill University. Accordionist Gerry Duligal possesses a dynamic style developed from his studies of the European accordion tradition. André «Papy» Séguinot is the founder of the sextet. He is the only member of the group to have seen Django Reinhardt perform.

The sextet’s first CD, A Tribute to the Quintet of the Hot Club de France received the Canadian Collector’s Congress Award for Best traditional/Classic Jazz Album in 2000.

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