RICHLAND -- Pearl Django, one of Tacoma's hottest jazz/swing bands, comes to town July 9 for an evening of saucy gypsy jazz music starting at 7 p.m. at the Shilo Inn in Richland.
"So many people are attracted to the music of Pearl Django because it is primarily upbeat and fun," said Stan Pitman with the Tri-City Jazz Society, which is sponsoring the event.
The Tri-City event will have concert seating and a dance area.
The group's website states their focus is to incorporate the music of gypsy jazz great Django Reinhardt and renowned jazz violinist Stephane Grappelli with American swing music.
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The group has been around since 1994, formed as a trio by Neil Andersson, Dudley Hill and David "Pope" Firman.
Today, the band is a quintet made up of Troy Chapman, Michael Gray, Rick Leppanen, David Lange and Ryan Hoffman.
Pearl Django has released 10 albums since 1995 and has performed all over the world, including at the prestigious Festival Django Reinhardt in Paris.
Admission to the show is $15 at the door.
The Tri-City Jazz Society was formed in 1980 to support traditional jazz music in the community.
The society has brought some big name jazz musicians to town, such as pianist/songwriter Mose Allison, renowned guitarist and Richland High grad Larry Coryell, as well as award-winning British guitarist Martin Taylor.
* Dori O'Neal: 509-582-1514; firstname.lastname@example.org