St. Louis GypsyJazz Festival has announced their lineup and schedule for this year, with festivities set for Friday, October 21 through Sunday, October 23 at Evangeline's in the Central West End.
Founded and run by spouses Ben Wood and Eve Seltzer - respectively, the guitarist and singer for the St. Louis band Franglais - the festival is now in its second year and aims to "celebrate the culture and music of Django Reinhardt," the Belgian guitarist whose work in the 1930s and '40s popularized the Gypsy jazz.style around the world.
Performers this year will include violinist/mandolinist Jason Anick, singer Miles Grifﬁth, and guitarist Dario Napoli (pictured, from left) as well as Franglais and fellow St. Louis-based bands Phatz Django and Fleur De Lou.
The festival kicks off on Friday, October 21 with a performance by Fleur De Lou and Jason Anick, followed by an open jam session to close out the evening. Events on Saturday, October 22 will begin with a jazz brunch, followed by a late-afternoon workshop, an evening performance by Franglais and Miles Grifﬁth, and another jam session.
The third and final day of the festival on Sunday, October 23 will feature another jazz brunch, more workshops, a performance by Phats Django and Dario Napoli, and one final late-night jam session.
Admission to the performances and jam sessions is free, but because space is limited, those interested in attending are encouraged to make advance reservations by calling Evangeline's at 314-367-3644. There will be a fee for attending the music workshops, with details on that TBA. For more information, visit the St. Louis GypsyJazz Festival's Facebook page.
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