Gypsy jazz might be 80 years old, but it’s still beloved around Puget Sound, where Pearl Django plays the lilting, swinging tunes made famous by Django Reinhardt and Stephan Grappelli in the Quintette du Hot Club de France in the 1930s and ‘40s.
On Friday (Jan. 9), Pearl Django brings their gypsy jazz to Collective Visions Gallery in Bremerton for a two-hour show.
Though rooted in gypsy jazz, with its high-pitched rhythm guitars and swaying violin, Pearl Django also has been playing traditional jazz classics and new compositions in that style around the Northwest for two decades. They’ve played at the prestigious Festival Django Reinhardt in Samois sur Seine, France, where the gypsy-born guitarist died in 1953, and also have been featured on NPR’s “All Things Considered.”
This weekend, their music will enhance the cooperative gallery’s current show of work by member artists such as Alan Newberg, Irm Bruser and Margaret Gibbs. Coming up: the annual CVG show of juried art from around Washington state, opening Jan. 24.