DjangoFest Northwest offers world class Gypsy Jazz

DjangoFest Northwest is considered by many to be the premier showcase for Gypsy Jazz in North America
Aug 17, 2012
John Jorgenson will be one of the headliners at the DjangoFest Northwest

DjangoFest Northwest offers its 12th annual DjangoFest Northwest from Wednesday, September 19 through Sunday, September 23, 2012 at Whidbey Island Center for the Arts.  Tickets are on sale now at

DjangoFest Northwest at WICA is considered by many to be the premier showcase for Gypsy Jazz in North America, having presented some of the biggest names in the genre to thousands of enthusiastic participants.

This year continues that tradition with a stellar lineup featuring the return of Paulus Schafer and Tim Kliphuis, two of Holland’s finest players.

From Belgium, they welcome the gifted Tcha Limberger together with Lollo Meier, another Dutch master. Joscho Stephan, a Gypsy virtuoso from Germany, is not to be missed.

Robin Nolan is returning with a new act and a special duet with Limberger; John Jorgenson with his powerhouse quintet; Gonzalo Bergara Quartet featuring his incredible new material; and the Hot Club of Detroit, guaranteed to put on a blistering performance. Pearl Django returns again with Martin Taylor.

Other local favorites Billet-Deux and the new Greg Ruby Quartet will also appear.

The up and coming Jimmy Grant makes his Northwest debut with his young all-star quartet featuring festival favorites Tommy Davy and Annie Staninec.

Dutch trio Zazi is in the line up and making her Northwest debut, Cyrille Aimée with Brazilian nylon master Diego Figueiredo. Greenwich, Connecticut-born Whit Smith plays along with Matt Munisteri and Beau Sample.

Last year’s sensation, the father son duo from Paris, Antoine and Sebastien Boyer will be on the stage Friday night.

Following last year's success DjangoFest Northwest has expanded the workshops and presentations being offered, not only to guitarists and violinists, but to the GENERAL PUBLIC as well. All the workshops are available for all patrons but of special interest might be Tcha Limberger's Master Class presented on the WICA Mainstage.

Entertaining and instructive, these presentations give the festival goer a unique chance to interact with their favorite artists.

Tickets range in price from $32 to $70 and are available online at or by calling the WICA Ticket Office at (800) 638-7631.

For Festival information, including artist line up, workshops, bios, music, and videos, and tickets please visit


Lollo Meier
Paulus Schafer
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