Jazz group to play in area

CRYSTAL FALLS – Patrons of Crystal Theatre will be introduced to a unique style of jazz by a group with a unique name at 7 p.m. CDT April 26.

Named after the European jazz guitarist and composer Django Reinhardt, Djangophonique is an award-winning quintet that delivers joyful, genuine gypsy jazz. Gypsy or manouche jazz is the music of the Romani people who have their origins in Northern India but today live mostly in Europe.

Critics say the alluring sound of this music can generate “the lively energy of a Parisian dance hall or create the aching nostalgia of a shimmering ballad.” Djangophonique has been described as “the cleanest, most genuine manouche jazz that can be heard in Michigan.”

Led by guitarist Andrew Brown, the project has cultivated a community of musicians who channel the agility that the music demands. In 2022, with Tyler Rindo on clarinet and Jorian Olk-Szost on double-bass, the group released their first studio album entitled “Introducing Djangophonique.” The album earned them Artist of the Year at WYCE-FM radio station’s annual showcase honoring West Michigan’s premier music talents.

In 2023, Nicholas Martin joined the ensemble on rhythm guitar. The group began a new chapter with the addition of vocalist Katie Smith whose soulful approach creates the mystery and appeal of this unique style of music.

Crystal Theatre’s managing director Kristin Underhill says, “You may not find it easy to pronounce their name, but it will definitely be easy to enjoy their music!”

Advanced tickets may be purchased online at thecrystaltheatre.org or by calling 906-875-3208.


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