PEMBERVILLE— Djangophonique, with a touch of Christmas, will be Live in the House on Dec. 3 at 7:30 p.m. in the Historic Pemberville Opera House, 115 Main St.
Djangophonique is a virtuosic, instrumentally driven quartet led by guitar player Andrew Brown. A true disciple of the style, Brown has spent countless hours immersing himself in the language of Django Reinhardt’s jazz manouche, and he’s joined on stage by bandmates that match his skill and passion.
Tickets $12 and are available at Beeker’s General Store, at the door or by contacting Carol Bailey at 419-287-4848.
Brown grew up in a house full of music. His father was a Motown session musician playing with the likes of Chuck Berry and the Four Tops and his uncle was a world-class jazz bassist accompanying Art Blakey and Chet Baker. Though he played his first show at 9, penned a folk opera at 14, was a member of several rock bands in high school and occasionally performed monologues by Lord Buckley, it wasn’t until his early 20s that Brown began performing professionally.
After a trip to New Orleans in 2010 Andrew co-founded the Appleseed Collective, with whom he would come to tour extensively. Appleseed played festivals and venues such as Wheatland, Sisters Folk Festival, Ann Arbor Folk Festival, the Ark, Summercamp Music Festival and Cervantes Ballroom. In 2017, Brown took the opportunity to deepen his studies of gypsy jazz, seeking out and learning from authentic masters like Angelo Debarre, Sebastian Gineaux and Gonzalo Bergara.
Djangophonique played their first gig at the Blue Llama Jazz Club in Ann Arbor, Michigan, in 2019.
The core group of Djangophonique includes Tyler Rindo on clarinet, Zach Croft on rhythm guitar and Jorian Olk-Szost on upright bass. However, Djangophonique often appears in different incarnations thanks to Brown’s ever growing network of collaborators within the jazz world.
Djangophonique has played events such as Midwest Gypsy Swing Fest, Wheatland Music Festival, Arts Beats and Eats, Mackinac Island, Cliff Bell’s and Ann Arbor Summer Festival. They have backed up scene staples like Dennis Chang and rising stars like seven-time downbeat award winner Ava Preston. Djagophonique has been nominated for Detroit Music Awards including Outstanding Traditional Jazz Artist and Outstanding Jazz Recording (for their 2020 EP Jazz Du Jour.) Their first studio album “Introducing Djangophonique” was released in September.