Ranger and The "Re-Arrangers"
Seattle Gypsy jazz band Ranger and the “Re-Arrangers” evoke the spirit of a Paris cafe and the raucous energy of a Gypsy campsite with their version of Gypsy jazz. “At the heart of their sound is Ranger Sciacca's sweet violin playing… his sense of melody and daring improvisations” (World Rhythm). The band’s repertoire includes swing standards, traditional Gypsy melodies, the music of Django Reinhardt, and Ranger's unique originals. The band often performs as a trio with violin, rhythm guitar and bass, a quartet which adds a second soloist, or a quintet which adds percussion. They can mix in a few vocal tunes, or stay instrumental.
Past Performances have included: Seattle Art Museum, Edmonds Concerts in the Park, the Burke Museum, Best of the Northwest Arts Festival, Vin du Lac Winery, Djangofest Northwest, Pender Harbour Jazz Festival, and Ethnic Fest Tacoma.
Visit www.RangerSwings.com for more info and to see video!
“Gypsy jazz” was born in Paris in the 1930's when Gypsy guitarist Django Reinhardt and violinist Stephane Grappelli blended their own musical legacies with the new American art form of jazz. Soon their recordings with the “Quintette du Hot Club de France” brought them international fame. Their technique, especially the use of acoustic stringed instruments instead of horns, remains a vibrant branch of jazz, known today around the world as “Gypsy jazz.”
Ranger and his father Michael formed the band in 2006, after a pilgrimage to the world’s foremost Gypsy Jazz event, the Django Reinhardt festival in Samois Sur Seine, France. The band has now released 4 CDs and performs over 100 times each year at music festivals, concerts in the park, swing dances, weddings and events of all sorts.