10th Annual Django Reinhardt's Birthday Celebration

10th Annual Django Reinhardt's Birthday Party

The Greg Ruby Quinette will celebrate the music of Django Reinhardt at the tenth annual Django Birthday Bash at Asheville’s Grey Eagle. Ruby has been a perineal presence on the Django revival scene since his early work with Pearl Django, Hot Club Sandwich and later leading his own group, the Greg Ruby Quartet. Over the last 6 years, Ruby has collaborated with New York based clarinetist Dennis Lichtman on numerous projects including Greg Ruby and the Rhythm Runners, whose most recent album was named NW Jazz Recording of the Year by Earshot Jazz Magazine. In honor of Django’s birthday, Ruby and Lichtman will highlight the collaborations between Django and French clarinetist Hubert Rostaing. The Quintette will also include original compositions and feature repertoire from the golden age of Parisian Swing. Joining Ruby and Lichtman will be some of Asheville’s finest swing musicians with Kevin Kehrberg on bass, Steve Karla on guitar and Russ Wilson on drums.

Greg Ruby Quintet featuring Dennis Lichtman

“Over the past 20 years, Greg Ruby has become a gem of the Pacific Northwest Jazz scene as a guitarist, composer, band-leader and music historian.” — The Syncopated Times

Greg Ruby is a guitarist, composer, author, bandleader and music educator living in Seattle, WA. His most recent record, Syncopated Classic, was named Northwest Jazz Recording of the Year by Earshot Jazz Magazine. Greg tours and performs at swing dances, concert halls and festivals that have included: The French Quarter Festival, Lindy Focus, DjangoFest and the NW Balboa Festival. Greg’s most recent ensemble, the Greg Ruby 6 performs the compositions and arrangements of swing guitar legend Oscar Alemán. Greg also leads The Greg Ruby Quartet, a Hot Club jazz group dedicated to all-original compositions; collaborates with New York and New Orleans musicians in The Rhythm Runners, a Prohibition-era dance band; and plays Valse musette and European café jazz with the Bric-a-brac Trio. During his tenure with the venerable Hot Club ensemble Pearl Django, he performed at the Django Reinhardt Festival in Samois-sur-seine, France. Greg has authored the Pearl Django Play-Along Book (2002), Frank D. Waldron: Seattle’s Syncopated Classic (2017) and most recently the Oscar Alemán Play-Along Book (2018). As a sought-after music instructor, Greg shares his love of vintage jazz guitar at schools, clinics and camps and is the Swannanoa Gathering Guitar Week coordinator at Warren Wilson College.

Dennis Lichtman is a multi-instrumentalist (clarinet, fiddle, and mandolin) who is deeply entrenched in early- to mid-1900’s American music, from traditional jazz and swing to bluegrass and western swing. His elegant voice carries through on all his instruments, lending a thread that weaves together the various genres he navigates. Originally from Boston, MA, Lichtman has been living in New York City since 2002.

In August 2018, Lichtman released Just Cross the River, celebrating with two sold-out shows at Dizzy’s Club at Jazz At Lincoln Center hosted by the New York Hot Jazz Festival. The album features nine original compositions inspired by the migration of jazz legends into the borough of Queens, NY beginning in the 1920’s. The project was instigated by a grant from the Queens Council on the Arts.

Since 2007, Lichtman has led the famed Tuesday night traditional-jazz jam session at Mona's in downtown New York, which was profiled in the New York Times, and has been described by the Wall Street Journal as "ground zero for an emerging late-night scene of young swing and traditional jazz players.”

Lichtman has performed at Carnegie Hall, major festivals throughout the United States, and on stages in Europe, Brazil, and China. He is on the faculty of the Welbourne Traditional Jazz Camp in Middleburg, VA, and has led college master classes and inner-city school workshops through the Midori Foundation, Lincoln Center’s Meet The Artist Series, and Beijing’s Ping-Pong Productions. He has performed and recorded as a regular member of Ghost Train Orchestra, Pokey LaFarge Band, Nation Beat, Jim Kweskin Band, and many more.

The Page Brothers

The Page Brothers are co-led by guitarist Andy Page and bassist Zack Page. Utilizing a rotating line-up of the finest musicians in Western NC, the group keeps a busy performance schedule in the Southeast playing a variety of jazz styles from manouche to straight-ahead to fusion. In addition to previous Grey Eagle Django Reinhardt Celebration appearances together, they have performed at the Montreux Jazz Festival in Switzerland, Japan’s Muroran Jazz Cruise, and for jazz workshops in Germany. Work with various jazz ensembles, theater companies, and the cruise industry has taken them to all 50 U.S. States, the Caribbean islands, the Mediterranean, Australia, South America, Europe and the Far East. NC. Andy has performed private engagements for former President Bill Clinton and poet Maya Angelou, and has performed with jazz artists such as Phil Woods, Jamey Aebersold, Tony Monaco, and others. Zack has had the good fortune to play and/or record with Billy Higgins, Delfeayo Marsalis, Cyrus Chestnut, and Babik Reinhardt, the son of legendary guitarist Django Reinhardt.

Along with guitarist Scot Wise , Zack and Andy released a recording of gypsy waltzes entitled “Souvenir de Django” with the trio Musette Guitars. Andy currently teaches at Appalachian State University, while Zack teaches at UNC-Asheville. For the 10th Annual Django Reinhardt Celebration they are excited to be joined by young violinist Kitty Amaral and guitarists Jim Tanner and Jim Schaller.

Kitty Amaral, 16, is a violinist/fiddler who plays swing, jazz, classical and traditional folk/Americana music. Kitty has performed from Carnegie Hall to The Grand Ole Opry to The Newport Folk Festival and recently The Newport Jazz Festival. She has a passion for exploring and performing multiple styles of music to new levels. Kitty studies Violin Performance at Appalachian State University.

Originally from Gainesville, Florida, Jim Tanner has been playing guitar since the age of 10. He is adept at many popular styles but has focused mainly on jazz guitar for the last 15 years. For the past decade, Jim has kept a busy performance schedule with Asheville's One Leg Up (recording two albums). He is currently works with the Asheville VA Medical Center as a Homeless Outreach Social Worker.

Originally from Western New York, guitarist Jim Schaller gained early music experience in choir throughout schooling as well as performing progressive rock and cultivating an interest in jazz fusion. A veteran of the US Navy, Jim served mainly in the Far East before settling in California and eventually Boone, NC focusing his playing in the Gypsy Jazz idiom and performing with Swing Guitars and others. He recently served on the teaching staff of the Gypsy Jazz in Paradise camp in Crested Butte, Colorado.

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