Sat 2 Jun Sandgate - Mystery Pacific (Gypsy Jazz)

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Date: Saturday 2 June
Time: 7:30pm
Venue: Sandgate Town Hall
Tickets at the door $20/$15 conc.

Refreshments available

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Mystery Pacific

Django Reinhardt and Stephane Grapelli were two of the most influential musicians in Jazz. The music they created in the 1930s and 40s with the Quintet du Hot Club du France remains some of the most exciting and timeless Swing Jazz ever played.

Django was a Manouche gypsy and his finely crafted melodic playing blended the music he inherited with early 20th Century Jazz, the music of Louis Armstrong and Duke Ellington, to blaze a new trail in the realm of acoustic jazz.

After Django’s untimely death in 1953, Manouche guitarists adopted the style of their hero as their own, and the music they played came to be known as Jazz Manouche, Manouche Gypsy Swing, or simply Gypsy Jazz. Through them it has continued to survive and flourish, and today there are many musicians and groups around the world devoted to this music.

Among these is Australian group Mystery Pacific. Its members share a love for this music and they have a mission statement to ‘to filter the genius of Django through our own cultural influences and modern inflections to produce a uniquely identifiable style that still has its roots in Manouche Jazz’. They take the compositions of Django as their canon, together with 20th Century standards and their own original material.

Mystery Pacific released their first CD, recorded live at the Brisbane Jazz Club.

They performed at:
Woodford Folk Festival 2003/4, 2004/5
Brisbane Valley Jazz Festival 2004
QPAC World Music Café Series 2004
Brisbane World Beat Festival 2004
Valley Fiesta 2004
Groove n Grape Festival, Brisbane 2004
Yagubi Festival, Hervey Bay 2004
Bay of Islands Jazz Festival New Zealand 2004
Music By The Sea Festival 2005

Mystery Pacific are:
Ewan MacKenzie, acoustic solo guitar
Luke Moller, violin
Bruce Woodward, acoustic rhythm guitar
Rick Caskey, contrebass