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Jazzy Happy New Year

 

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Ring in the new year with an entire hour of gypsy jazz, in two languages-- From the Hot Club of Edmonton and Christine Tassan et les imposteurs.

more Christine Tassan et les Imposteures and friends 1.jpgThis celebration of gypsy jazz at the Broadway Theatre in Saskatoon was a co-production between CBC and Radio-Canada in Saskatchewan. The concert features two acts representing both English and Francophone musicians with roots on the prairies and in Quebec. Hot Club of Edmonton is a group of four spirited players mainly from the Alberta capital and Christine Tassan et les Imposteures is all-female gypsy jazz & vocal ensemble from Montreal.

The Hot Club of Edmonton is led by guitarist Clinton Pelletier and Daniel Gervais on fiddle. The group's repertoire is strongly influenced by the steamy music of the Thirties as popularized by the great Django Reinhardt and Stéphane Grappelli, but the four musicians also bring to the table a rich musical background. Clinton is a guitar virtuoso with a strong connection to the Prince Albert region of northern Saskatchewan. Daniel is a phenomenal musician and composer. His musical roots range from traditional French-Canadian and Métis fiddle music to jazz and classical .

Backed by a solid rhythm section - Keith Rempel on bass and Freddie Pelletier on rhythm guitar - Daniel and Clinton have created an amazing amalgam reminiscent of Django & Stéphane's early ground-breaking work but with a distinctly new approach and fresh energy, a throwback to the music of the Hot Club of France with a unique Prairie twist.

In this first set of the evening the Hot Club of Edmonton is joined for a couple of tunes by Christine Tassan and Martine Gaumond, providing a sneak preview of what's in store in the second half.

The story of Christine Tassan & les Imposteures is fascinating.  Christine Tassan emigrated from her native Europe to Montreal in 1994 bringing her love of  the great French standards (Brel, Piaf, etc.) and jazz manouche.  She eventually teamed up with traditional and classical violinist extraordinare Martine Gaumond, jazz guitarist Lise-Anne Ross and bassist Blanche Baillargeon.

The name "Imposteures" is a not-so-subtle jab at the long-standing tradition of gypsy jazz as a male-only domain.  Brushing aside this taboo, these four talented women were so smitten by this infectious acoustic jazz music that they dove into the genre head-first and formed Canada's only female gypsy jazz ensemble. 
 
They arrange and play gypsy jazz classics in their own unique way but they also have a beautiful repertoire of French vocal standards that they perform marvellously, often in four-part harmony.  Their stage act is full of spirit, humour and camaraderie.

In this second set of the evening, Christine Tassan et les Imposteures is joined onstage by Hot Club of Edmonton for a grand finale to close the show.

The musical meeting of these two groups on the Broadway stage is an evening where jazz, chanson française and other musical influences that have shaped these great performers rises and shines to create an unforgettable evening of Gyspy Jazz on Broadway!

The musical meeting of these two groups on the Broadway stage is an evening where jazz, chanson française and other musical influences that have shaped these great performers rises and shines to create an unforgettable evening of Gyspy Jazz on Broadway!

 

 Listen to the complete concert for Hot Club of Edmonton and Christine Tassan et les imposteurs Courtesy of CBC Radio Twos Concerts on Demand. Or watch Christine play on Youtube:

 

 

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