Pearl Django

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Pearl Django
Seattle - Bastille Day - Pearl Django 08.jpg
Pearl Django at Bastille Day (2008)
Background information
Genres Gypsy swing
Years active 1994-present
Labels Modern Hot Records
Tim Lerch
Michael Gray
Rick Leppanen
David Lange
Jim Char
Past members Neil Andersson
Troy Chapman
Ron Peters
Greg Ruby
Pete Krebs
Dudley Hill
Shelley D. Park
David Firman
Ryan Hoffman

Pearl Django is a jazz group established in 1994 in Tacoma, Washington by guitarists Neil Andersson and Dudley Hill,[1] and bassist David "Pope" Firman. The group's stated focus is to incorporate the music of Django Reinhardt and Stephane Grappelli with American swing music. Initially a trio, they have changed and added members over the years and are now a quintet. Based in Seattle, they have played around the United States, as well as in France and Iceland.

They played at the prestigious Festival Django Reinhardt in Samois-sur-Seine and at Juan de Fuca Festival.[2] They have played with Martin Taylor,[3] Bucky Pizzarelli[4] and Gail Pettis, the two-time recipient of the Earshot Jazz ‘Jazz Vocalist Of The Year’ award.[5] The British virtuoso Taylor turns up on three tracks of their 2011 album Eleven. On their 12th album, Time Flies, released 2015, all but one of the tracks are their own compositions, except one that is a classic bossa nova.[6]


Released Title Label Notes
1995 Le Jazz Hot Modern Hot Records
1997 New Metropolitan Swing Modern Hot Records
January 1999 Mystery Pacific Modern Hot Records
May 1999 Souvenirs Modern Hot Records
October 2000 Avalon Modern Hot Records
May 2002 Under Paris Skies Modern Hot Records
October 2003 Swing 48 Modern Hot Records
June 2005 Chasing Shadows Modern Hot Records
June 2007 Modern Times Modern Hot Records
June 2010 Hotel New Yorker Modern Hot Records Compilation from 1995-1999 releases
June 15, 2010 Système D Modern Hot Records
April 18, 2012 "Eleven" Modern Hot Records
May 1, 2015 "Time Flies" Modern Hot Records


  1. ^ Seattle Times: Dudley Hill, who started popular band Pearl Django, dies at 56 01/20/2005
  2. ^ "JFF 2014 Festival Line Up: Pearl Django". Juan de Fuca Foundation of the Arts. 31 January 2014. Retrieved 13 September 2015. 
  3. ^ "Martin Taylor With Pearl Django: Gypsy Jazz". National Public Radio. 13 January 2011. Retrieved 13 September 2015. 
  4. ^ David Lange (5 Jan 2014). "Bucky Pizzarelli and Pearl Django playing Avalon". Vimeo. Retrieved 13 September 2015. 
  5. ^ "Pearl Django profile at KPLU". KPLU News for Seattle and the Northwest. Retrieved 13 September 2015. 
  6. ^ Paul de Barros, jazz critic (24 April 2015). "Pearl Django, 'Time Flies' (Modern Hot)". Seattle Times. Retrieved 13 September 2015. 

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