Jingle Jazz with Pearl Django and PC Vocal Jazz Ensemble

Awaken the holiday spirit within, and put some jazz in your jingle this year while helping a great cause, at the fourth annual Jingle Jazz concert on Thursday, December 8 at 7:30 pm in Peninsula College’s Little Theater, presented by The Olympus Group of DA Davidson and the Peninsula College Foundation.

Pearl Django, one of the most highly regarded Hot Club style groups working today, is this year’s featured guest, joining the Peninsula College Vocal Jazz Ensemble for a night of swingin’ music and lively holiday cheer.

A no-host dessert and wine reception, with fresh pressed cider from Lazy J Tree Farm, will allow concert goers to indulge in the sweetness of the season beginning at 6:30 pm in the PC Pirate Union Building. The concert will begin promptly at 7:30 pm as it broadcasts live on AM 1450 and FM 101.7 KONP Radio.

This year’s Jingle Jazz includes students from East Jefferson County who are part of the new Vocal Jazz class at the Peninsula College campus in Port Townsend.

“It is very exciting to bring both Port Townsend and Port Angeles groups together to present this program,” Elaine Gardner-Morales, PC Vocal Jazz Ensemble director said. “As our college reaches out to the Port Townsend area I am pleased to have so many talented students.  This year we are using a very talented student drummer for part of our program, Forrest Brennan.”

The program features the Peninsula College Vocal Jazz Ensemble, and offers tunes for audiences of all ages and will feature jazz standards like “Just the Way You Look Tonight” along with traditional holiday fare such as “Christmas Time is Here.” As in years past the show will include a variety of jazz styles, cutting edge harmonization and modern arrangements of classic jazz literature. Look for a great mix of instrumental, ensemble and solo performances, with opportunities for many of the performers to shine.

This year the Ensemble will be joined by special guest Pearl Django, the well-known Seattle “Gypsy Jazz” group whose performance history spans more than two decades. Although the band’s roots are firmly in the music made famous by Django Reinhardt and Stephane Grappelli, its extensive repertoire includes traditional jazz classics and original compositions. Pearl Django has performed at festivals, dances and nightspots throughout the U.S. and abroad. They have played at the prestigious Festival Django Reinhardt in Samois sur Seine and have been featured on NPR’s “All Things Considered.” The band’s signature style is marked by pristine and dexterous string work, colors of Bal Musette, the steady pulse of rhythm guitar and an unmistakable swing that delights audiences of all musical sensibilities. Throughout the years, Pearl Django has cultivated a devoted and enthusiastic following and they continue to play to packed houses wherever they perform.

Peninsula College Foundation Executive Director, Getta Rogers, notes that the Foundation and College have a “hit” with Jingle Jazz.  “This event began with students wishing to give back to the Foundation, and it continues in that spirit.  Proceeds from the event benefit not only the Vocal Jazz program, but many other students and College programs as well.”  The Vocal Jazz ensemble is planning an exchange trip next year to several universities in Ireland who have music schools. “We want to support these students in this effort, and Jingle Jazz is the way in which we can do this.”

Gardner-Morales is excited about offering this opportunity to her students.  “Each year our group continues to grow to a better and better sound. I am so pleased to be a part of Peninsula College and the community.”

Vocal jazz ensemble members include Ash Graham, Al Thompson and Dylan Hensel from Port Townsend; Dana Marklund from Port Hadlock; Forrest Brennan from Chimacum; Brandi Larson, Rob Napiontek and Jean McDonald from Port Angeles; Sam Hegarty from Sequim and Robbin Eaves from Joyce.

”This has become an enormously popular event and a real joy for the Foundation,” says Rogers.  “It’s the perfect time of year to celebrate the Foundation’s many successes while featuring incredibly talented performers.  What a treat it will be to have these fine musicians on stage with our students!”

General admission tickets can be purchased online for $15 at www.brownpapertickets.com. If available, tickets may also be purchased for $15 at the door. Proceeds benefit PC’s Vocal Jazz Ensemble and PC students and programs.

For more information about Jingle Jazz or the Peninsula College Foundation, contact Getta Rogers at grogers@pencol.edu or (360) 417-6400.

More about Pearl Django:
With a performance history spanning more than two decades, Pearl Django endures as one of the most highly regarded Hot Club style groups working today. Although the band’s roots are firmly in the music made famous by Django Reinhardt and Stephane Grappelli, its extensive repertoire includes traditional jazz classics and original compositions. Pearl Django has performed at festivals, dances and nightspots throughout the U.S. and abroad. They have played at the prestigious Festival Django Reinhardt in Samois sur Seine and have been featured on NPR’s “All Things Considered.” The band’s signature style is marked by pristine and dexterous string work, colors of Bal Musette, the steady pulse of rhythm guitar and an unmistakable swing that delights audiences of all musical sensibilities. Throughout the years, Pearl Django has cultivated a devoted and enthusiastic following and they continue to play to packed houses wherever they perform.

Voted favorite area jazz band 2003, by Seattle Weekly readers!

"Pearl Django play(s) gypsy jazz…and they do it with such verve, skill and pleasure that they're pretty much irresistible to jazz and non-jazz listeners alike." 

—Seattle Weekly 

“Pearl Django: The gypsy jazz of Django Reinhardt done to perfection!”

—Paul de Barros, The Seattle Times (2002)

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