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Bow Djangos make the Lethbridge Folk Club swing

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Calgary’s The Bow Djangos  helped the Lethbridge folk club swing— gypsy style at Wolf’s Den, April 6.The Bow Djangos swing. Photo by Richard Amery

They had approximately 60 people in the audience enjoying stories, some intense guitar work and  a lot of fun.

Their second set included a lot of gypsy swing standards, all of which featured beautiful interplay between violin, clarinet, two guitars, stand up bass and  several  different voices. They all sat on stools, peering at music stands while grinning away and grooving, waiting for an opening to strut their best stuff.

Stand-up bassist Countess Tess Bassie sat down, but was an affable host, cracking a couple corny jokes and explaining a brief history of the band’s songs and gypsy jazz music in general.
 One of the highlights was “I Can’t Give You Anything But Love,” which I hadn’t heard for many years.

Their version of Django Reinhardt’s “Swing 48,” was another highlight.

  The audience applauded politely after each solo, particularly the guitar solos.

 They also played some newer  gypsy swing songs from France and even a Canadian gypsy jazz song in Guy Lombardo’s “Coquette.”
They ended with Django Reinhard’s “Belleville.”

— By Richard Amery, L.A. Beat Editor


Last Updated ( Wednesday, 10 April 2013 11:28 )  
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