Wednesday, June 3, 2009

June 4-7: DjangoFest at 142 Throckmorton

Posted By on Wed, Jun 3, 2009 at 12:33 PM

Of all the guitarists with limited use of their fingers, Django Reinhardt far and beyond stretched the guitar to its furthest capability. With only two properly working fretting fingers, Reinhardt nonetheless laid down some of the finest solos in the history of the instrument, and remains a looming influence on every jazz guitarist today (guitarist Jim Hall’s dog is named Django, for example). It is impossible to separate Reinhardt’s music from the extraordinary circumstances in his personal life—including a Gypsy caravan lifestyle and signing some of the shrewdest contracts in the history of recorded music—but one need only to listen to his timeless statement of beauty, “Nuages,” to hear pure genius. Reinhardt is celebrated this week at the fourth-annual DjangoFest Mill Valley, a series of concerts and workshops celebrating Reinhardt’s cosmopolitan style with performers Panique, Hot Club of Marin, Pearl Django, Mimi Fox, Gonzalo Bergara, Hot Club of San Francisco, Stochelo Rosenberg and far too many more to list. There are now DjangoFests all over the West Coast. Find out why Thursday–Sunday, June 4–7, at 142 Throckmorton Theater. 142 Throckmorton, Mill Valley. $20–$60. 415.383.9600.Gabe Meline
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