Pearl Django will appear in concert on Thursday, April 11, at Vashon Center for the Arts (Courtesy Photo).

Pearl Django will appear in concert on Thursday, April 11, at Vashon Center for the Arts (Courtesy Photo).

Pearl Django is back with jazzy strings and swing

The band’s extensive repertoire includes traditional jazz classics and original compositions.

  • Wednesday, April 3, 2019 1:53pm
  • Arts

Pearl Django, a Seattle jazz band that has been an audience favorite at the Blue Heron for years, will take the stage at 7:30 p.m. Thursday, April 11, at Vashon Center for the Arts.

With a performance history spanning more than two decades, Pearl Django endures as a highly regarded Hot Club style group. Although the band’s roots are firmly in the music made famous by Django Reinhardt and Stephane Grappelli, its extensive repertoire includes traditional jazz classics and original compositions.

Pearl Django has performed at festivals, dances and nightspots throughout the U.S. and abroad. They have played at the prestigious Festival Django Reinhardt in Samois sur Seine and have been featured on NPR’s “All Things Considered.” In 2018, the ensemble received the Golden Ear Award for “Northwest Acoustic Jazz Ensemble of the Year.”

Band members include Tim Lerch and Jim Char on guitars, David Lange on accordion, Michael Gray on violin and Rick Leppanen on bass.

The show takes place on the opening night of Lit Con, a literary conference presented by VCA. Pass holders to the event are able to purchase half-priced tickets to the concert at vashoncenterforthearts.org. Regularly priced advance tickets cost $10 for students, $20 for VCA members, $22 for seniors and $24 general, and are also now also on sale at vashoncenterforthearts.org.

All tickets at the door cost $24.

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