George Cole Quintet, Fishtank Ensemble
Esprit de Django et Stephane FestivalFriday, January 27, 2012, 8:00 pm (doors open at 7:00 pm) $20.50 advance / $22.50 at doorPurchase tickets online
January 27 8:00 pm

George Cole QuintetTwo great bands, the George Cole Quintet and Fishtank Ensemble, kick off the Esprit de Django et Stephane Festival with a night of hot, hot jazz and high-energy originals, spiced with plenty of genre-bending cross-pollination.

With George’s fiery guitar as its centerpiece, the virtuoso George Cole Quintet immerses the house in their infectious, original “Eurocana” jazz groove. Drawing inspiration from the dynamic string-driven swing created by Django Reinhardt and Stephane Grappelli, the group also hearkens back to some of the finest composers of the "great American songbook," with melodic, appealing tunes that sound like they could well have been penned by the likes of George Gershwin or Irving Berlin. In addition to George’s superb compositions, guitar, and vocals, the band features show-stopping vocals by Hale Baskin, virtuoso violinist Annie Staninec, the driving rhythm guitar of Jimmy Grant, and swinging upright bass from Chris Bastian.

Fishtank EnsembleFormed in 2005 in the Bay Area, the intoxicatingly eclectic Fishtank Ensemble is willing and able to tackle everything from French hot jazz to wild Serbian and Transylvanian Gypsy anthems, flamenco, and oddball originals. It's all held together by the stunning virtuosity and breakneck tempos of French violinist Fabrice Martinez, operatic vocalist, violinist, and musical saw wizard Ursula Knudson, guitarist Doug Smolens, and one of the world's great slap bass players, Djordje Stijepovic.




The Freight swings like it's never swung before when the Esprit de Django et Stephane Festival sets the stage sizzling with three nights of music and three days of workshops inspired and influenced by the legendary European jazz band, Quintette du Hot Club de France. Fronted by gypsy guitarist Django Reinhardt and virtuoso violinist Stephane Grappelli, the Paris-based combo revolutionized jazz in the 1930s and '40s by applying an irresistible, string-fueled propulsion to the more sedate big-band sound of the time. This weekend's festival showcases some modern heirs of Django's and Stephane's hot jazz sound.

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