Gypsy jazz to be performed in Coyle

COYLE — Ranger & the Re-Arrangers will perform Gypsy jazz at the Laurel B. Johnson Community Center on Sunday.

The performance will be at 3 p.m. at the center at 923 Hazel Point Road.

Admission is by donation. Complimentary cookies and coffee will be served at intermission.

The band features Ranger Sciacca on the violin, Mike Sciacca on rhythm guitar, Mick Nicholson on bass and Jeffrey Mosse on percussion.

“For this special concert in Coyle, Ranger has added guest musician Eric Vanderbilt-Mathews on the clarinet and saxophone,” said Norm Johnson, concert series organizer.

“He’s awesome — this will be a treat,” Johnson said.

‘Spirit of Paris cafe’

The Seattle band “evokes the spirit of a Paris cafe and the raucous energy of a Gypsy campsite with their version of Gypsy jazz,” it says on its website, www.rangerswings.com.

The band’s repertoire includes swing standards, traditional Gypsy melodies, the music of Django Reinhardt, and Ranger’s originals.

Past performances have been at the Seattle Art Museum, Edmonds Concerts in the Park, the Burke Museum, Best of the Northwest Arts Festival, Vin du Lac Winery, Djangofest Northwest, Pender Harbour Jazz Festival and Ethnic Fest Tacoma.

Awards include 2007 and 2010 finalist for Best World Traditional Song at the Independent Music Awards.

Gypsy jazz is named in honor of Django Reinhardt, a composer and guitarist who, in the 1930s, worked with violinist Stéphane Grappelli to blend with the new American art form of jazz.

Upbeat, high energy

Gypsy jazz is characterized by upbeat, high energy swing on acoustic instruments, especially guitar, violin, bass, clarinet and accordion.

For more information, see www.coyleconcerts.com or contact Johnson at 360-765-3449 or johnson5485@msn.com.

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