David Grisman Sextet

Esprit de Django & Stephane Festival

Friday, January 24, 2014, 8:00 pm
(doors open at 7:00 pm)

genre-bending mandolin innovator

$37 advance / $40 door

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January 24 8:00 pm

David GrismanThe Bay Area’s own David Grisman is a direct link to the spirit of Django and Stephane. David met Stephane while writing the score for the 1978 movie, King of the Gypsies. The two play on the soundtrack and appear in brief cameos as Romani musicians. Soon after their cinematic foray, they began performing together and recorded a great album, Stephane Grapelli/David Grisman Live, playing classics like “Satin Doll” and Django’s “Swing ’42.” Joining them in several performances, incidentally, was David Balakrishnan, who went on to co-found tomorrow night’s group, the Turtle Island Quartet.

David Grisman began his professional career in 1964 with Red Allen and the Kentuckians. He started the Even Dozen Jug Band with John Sebastian, Stephan Grossman, and Maria Muldaur, and Old and in the Way with Peter Rowan and Jerry Garcia. Since then, he’s gone on to explore jazz and swing and just about every other musical influence in his own unique brand of what he calls “dawg” music, a highly intricate, richly textured blend of styles and traditions from around the world.

Tonight, the mandolin maestro returns to his swing jazz sweet spot, joined by his usual all-star lineup of stalwarts – George Cole on guitar, George Marsh on drums, Matt Eakle on flute, Jim Kerwin on bass, and Chad Manning on fiddle. Everyone in the band has a long list of credits – but suffice it to say that these dawgs can hunt! Their shows usually sell out, so get your tickets early.

Hot Club of Marin will be playing in the lobby from 7 to 8 pm.

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