Van Django, Vancouver’s hottest swing string quartet, bring their sizzling hot Gypsy Jazz Christmas show to the Blue Frog this December! Joining Van Django’s violinist Cameron Wilson, guitarist Budge Schachte, guitarist/cellist Finn Manniche and bassist Brent Gubbels are a stellar vocalist L.J. Mounteney.
Van Django’s music is punchy, driving and rhythmically inventive, combining a wealth of musical influences while maintaining strong roots in the gypsy jazz made famous by Django Reinhardt and the 1930’s Quintet of the Hot Club of France. On stage, “they effortlessly whip the audience into a joyful frenzy”. Renowned both for the quality of their musicianship and as great entertainers, Van Django’s Cool Yule is a merry Christmas mix of nostalgic favorites, jazz standards, sing-alongs, pop tunes, some classical touches, and a few surprises – all delivered in their swinging gypsy jazz style. You’ll hear everything from the evocative I’ll Be Home for Christmas to Let it Snow, Silent Night and Silver Bells to Christmas Time is Here, a bit of Beethoven, and of course all with a touch of Django Reinhardt’s style – something every ear, heart, and tapping foot will enjoy.
“Van Django tosses off jaw-dropping technical licks with effortless ease, but above all, they entertain hugely, with every bar of every tune – tried and true or keenly original.”
Jurgen Goethe, Hose, CBC Disc Drive Canada
“In an increasingly crowded niche, Van Django is a standout act. With a clever mix of contemporary standards, classical ditties, rock homages and solid originals they effortlessly whip the audience into a joyful frenzy. Attending a Van Django concert is the most fun you can have sat down with your clothes on.”
Nick Lehr, Djangofest Director – the US
Such a superb concert! What a pile of fun! M. Goulding
By all accounts, this show is so much fun. Take an evening out of the busy Christmas season and enjoy music at it’s best. December 5th, 7 PM PST! Only on: https://www.bluefrogstudios.ca/live-streams.html