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Club Django Toronto

Toronto, Canada | Established. Jan 01, 1999 | SELF | AFM

Toronto, Canada | SELF | AFM
Established on Jan, 1999
Band Jazz Folk




"Ottawa International Jazz Festival"

(Before a crowd of 10,000 Club Django Sextet opens for the John Pizzarelli Trio)

The evening began with a generous , enjoyable set from the Club Django Sextet, a Toronto group that grew out of weekly jam sessions devoted to the timeless music of gypsy guitarist Django Reinhardt and violinist Stephane Grappelli. By adding an accordion to the classic Reinhardt/Grappelli quintet of three guitars, violin and bass, Club Django provided a warm, round
feeling to its faithful rendition of the tangos, waltzes and straight-ahead swing tunes first made famous by its heroes in Paris of the 1930's.

(Sunday July 21 2002) - Doug Fisher, Ottawa Citizen

"Greenbank Folk Music Society"

It's a pleasure to submit this letter of thanks to the entire Club Django. As presenters, we look for talented musicians performing material with high audience appeal and we hope for an appreciative audience. It all came together at the October 20th concert, making it an evening to remember. All of you delivered great performances prompting several of our regular tickets buyers to class the evening as one of the best we've had, This is no small praise when considering some of the remarkable talent that has graced our stage in nine years of business.

(November 2001) - Rene Demers

"Markham Jazz Festival"

On behalf of the Markham Jazz Festival, may we express our sincere thanks to your band for performing at this year's event. We were most impressed by the audience reaction and felt honoured that we were able to hear some outstanding compositions, ensemble and solo work. What a thrill it was to hear comments from the audience such as "Wow, what a line-up", "How did you manage to book this band?", "Who wrote the incredible arrangements?", "What an all-star band that was", and on and on: well you get the picture.
(September 2001) - Hal Hill, director/associate producer

"To-Nite, Music, Nightlife & Leisure Guide"

This relatively new group of Toronto musicians has come together to invoke the essence of a well-nigh forgotten European sub-genre of 30' swing , made popular in tits day by the brilliance of Django Reinhardt and Stephane Grappelli. The Club Django have done a fine job in capturing the energy of the elementary vibe of this music, and have come very close to a true feeling of authenticity. Buy this record and file it in your collection under "Gypsy Swing". You may not have a Gypsy Swing section in your CD collection, but you should.
(January 2001) - Stephen Lukacic, CD Review

"Music of 1930s Paris Gets a Strong Workout"

Instead of forking out thousands to fly to Europe in search of winter chic, you could have saved a buck or two by browsing midtown's Cumberland Street on Saturday. You would have been drawn to the venerable Pilot, were the music of 1930s Paris was getting an industrial-strength workout from a Toronto band bent on replicating the sound of the Hot Club de France, which became the European band of its time, featuring the immeasurable talents of guitarist Django Reinhardt and violinist Stephane Grappelli. Many a band ploughs this noble furrow, but the Club Django Sextet certainly gets into the spirit of music now known generally as gypsy swing. The group, warmly received by a crowd more familiar with smaller assemblies playing bop and modern modal mainstream, achieved lift-of early with "All Of Me", Honeysuckle Rose" and "It Don't Mean A Thing" and a host of tunes penned by the master ("Daphne", "Douce Ambiance", Minor Swing", with its slick chorus swaps, "Swing Guitar", "Stompin' at Decca". They turned in a lively show that took the chill out of a cold afternoon.
(2005) - Geoff Chapman, Music Critic, Toronto Star


1999 "Tribute To The Quintet Of The Hot Club Du France"
2005 "La Gitane"
2013 "Stompin' At The Ritz"



In 1995, in Toronto, a group of Django Reinhardt fans got together for the sheer enjoyment of playing the music of the Quintet of the Hot Club of France. In time, a nucleus of these dedicated musicians decided to perform publicly and so Club Django Toronto was born. 

In May 2000, the group released its first CD, entitled A Tribute to the Hot Club de France. In April 2001, the CD received the Canadian Collectors' Congress Award for the Best Album 2000, Traditional / Classic Jazz Performance.  In the fall of 2003, the Club Django Toronto was nominated for the National Jazz Award. 

For the past twenty years Club Django Toronto has performed in many of the major jazz festivals including, Toronto Jazz Festival, Markham Jazz Festival, Ottawa Jazz Festival, Montreal Jazz Festival, All Canadian (Port Hope), Syracuse Jazz Festival and so many more. To date the group has recorded three CD’s. “La Gitane” was released in January 2004 has received air play on all jazz radio stations across Canada. The group is currently promoting their New CD called “Stompin’ At The Ritz”  The original musicians were John Farrell on lead guitar, Abbey Sholzberg on double bass, Tony Oldland (deceased) and André Séguinot (deceased) on rhythm guitars. Gerry Duligal (accordion) and Rodion Boshoer (violin) in 2001 and 2002. Wayne Nakamura (guitar) joined in 2015 and Club Django now perform as a quintet.

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