Music camps with Pearl Django begin Monday

Posted: Thursday, July 22, 2010

Django camp for kids and for adults begins Monday, offering an opportunity for local musicans to learn Gypsy jazz techniques from the Washington-based Hot Club group, Pearl Django. This four-day musical exploration is geared toward musicians who play guitar, bass, fiddle, accordion or piano at an intermediate to advanced level. Both sessions are offered July 26-29, Monday through Thursday, at the Juneau Arts & Culture Center. Kids camp runs from 12-5 p.m., and adult camp runs from 6-9 p.m.

The Hot Club Swing music camps are based on the tunes and stylistic performance of the pioneering hot swing group the Quintet of the Hot Club of France. The quintet formed in Paris in the 1930's and featured the great gypsy guitarist Django Reinhardt and the great hot swing fiddler Stephane Grapelli.ˊ

Pearl Django, who perform nationally as both a quartet and a quintet, will give a concert on Thursday, July 29, at 7:30 p.m. at Centennial Hall. Tickets are $18 for adults, $13 for students and seniors and $5 for kids 5 years and younger. An additional $2 per ticket is charged at the door.

Advance tickets are available at the JACC, online at, and at Hearthside Books. Membership discounts and group discounts are available only at the JACC.

For more information and camp applications, visit or call 586-2787.

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