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Duane Andrews and Rhythm Futur Family Friendly Father’s Day Concert

June 14, 2011

June 19 Cook Recital Hall (MUN School of Music) 1:30-3pm
$15 at the door and in advance at Fred’s Records.
Phone 579 – 1718 or email for more details.

Once again expanding his musical boundaries Duane Andrews has culled a unique and exciting combination of both performers and music for his family friendly Father’s Day show 1:30pm Sunday, June 19 at the D.F Cook Recital Hall.

The eleven piece ‘Rhythm Futur’ ensemble is comprised of members of Duane’s regular performing gypsy jazz quartet along with principal players from the Newfoundland Symphony Orchestra. Together they will present a musical mix of jazz, traditional Newfoundland and classical stylings featuring music ranging from the great Django Reinhardt to Chopin along with Duane’s own original compositions.

Children 12 and under get free admission when accompanied by an adult.

Tickets are $15 and can be purchased at the door or in advance at Fred’s Records.

Duane Andrews and Rhythm Futur:

Patrick Boyle -Trumpet
Douglas Vaughn – Horn
Grace Dunsmore – Flute
Paul Bendzsa – Clarinet
Alison Black – Violin
Nancy Case Oates – Violin
Sean Conway – Viola
Theo Weber – Cello
Dave Rowe – Bass
Steve Hussey – Guitar
Duane Andrews – Guitar

Thanks to the NL Arts Council and the City of St. John’s for their support of this concert.


Raindrops by Duane Andrews- New HD Music Video Online

August 2, 2010

Up on youtube you can now checkout the brand spanking new music video for ‘Raindrops’. A huge thanks goes out to Sheldon Gillett of Giant Squid Films who directed the video which also features the Atlantic String Quartet (Alison Black – violin, Nancy Case-Oates – violin, Theo Weber – cello, Scott Chancey – viola), Dave Rowe – bass and Steve Hussey – guitar.


2010 Festival Shorts – A Night in awe of the Duane Andrews Quintet

July 23, 2010

By Justin Ried

On Thursday night (July 15) the Duane Andrews Quartet made their contribution to this year’s Wreckhouse International Jazz & Blues Festival at the Masonic Temple. Duane and his band lead the audience through a spine-tingling experience with their own take on many Django Reinhardt tunes, manouche infused traditional folk songs, as well as some of their own breathtaking compositions.

The atmosphere of the night was similar to that of a traditional Newfoundland kitchen party rather than just a performance given by four strangers. With Duane’s parents, brother, wife and child in attendance it gave the vibe similar to that of a house party, where Duane, Steve, Pat, and Dave where merely entertaining their guests rather than performing for an audience, eliminating the feeling of distance between musician and listener. Not only did Duane provide his audience with his mesmerizing gypsy jazz, but he also captivated them between songs with short stories and brief history on the tunes played. The stories seemed to continue after he had finished speaking and began playing his guitar almost as if the song was a continuation of the words he spoke, making for not only a remarkable musical performance, but a wonderfully entertaining evening as well.

What added to the enjoyment of the performance was the chemistry between the band members that was strikingly evident throughout the show. Steve Hussy, on rhythm guitar would often look back and forth between the audience and Duane and couldn’t help but flash an occasional smirk, displaying how much fun he was having providing the backbone for such a substantial ensemble, despite filling the role for as long as he has. Also adding to the personality of the quartet’s performance was Dave Rowe, who would occasionally crane his neck over his double bass to catch a glimpse of Duane to follow his lead, each time looking on with a huge smile on his face looking as though he was experiencing something new and wonderful with each note being played. Completing the bands persona was Patrick Boyle who sat still, looking as if he were listening to the music very intently until it reached the trumpet section when he would take a deep breath and work his magic, playing the tunes with dizzying solos or smooth sounds with his muted trumpet, rounding out the entire performance.

As the night progressed there was evidence of the bands energy spilling into the room as the crowd began to take on a life of its own with heads nodding, bodies swaying, and feet tapping everywhere you looked. With their brilliant performance and their contagious energy, the Duane Andrews Quartet made for an amazing evening and a colourful piece of this year’s Wreckhouse International Jazz & Blues Festival.


Jean “Django” Reinhardt, the Story of the man Behind Gypsy Jazz

May 14, 2010

Django Reinhardt 23 January 1910 – 16 May 1953

Just over one hundred years ago, in Liberchies, Belgium, the legend Jean-Baptiste Reinhardt was born. More commonly known as “Django” Reinhardt, a nickname from his Romani roots meaning “I awake”.

Django was immersed in music from an early age, learning how to play violin, banjo, and guitar just Gypsy encampment just outside Paris where he lived. It was in these Gypsy encampments across France and Belgium that the word of Reinhardt’s musical gifts quickly began to spread, and where the young prodigies’ talents were nurtured.

At the age of only 12 Django was already playing professionally and rapidly growing both his audience and his talents as a musician. It seemed as if the future of the young virtuoso’s musical career was set to be one of great magnitude, until disaster struck the home of 18 year old Django. In 1928, after returning home late from a performance, Django knocked over a candle on his way to bed, setting his caravan on fire, quickly engulfing it in flames. Luckily, Django’s family and neighbors were quick to rescue him from the fire, but, unfortunately, he didn’t escape unscathed. Django suffered severe burns to over half of his body, leaving his right leg paralyzed and the third and fourth fingers on his left hand badly injured. Believing he would never be able to play guitar again Django fell into a deep depression.

“Django” never would regain the use of his paralyzed fingers but spurred on by the gift of a guitar from his brother he began to play again. Django, as his name suggests, had “awoke” from his depression. He had to relearn to play the instrument using only two fingers, developing an instrumental technique and sound entirely of his own.

With his new technique and second chance at pursuing his musical career, Django along with Parisian violinist Stéphane Grappelli formed the “Quintette du Hot Club de France,” one of the few well-known jazz ensembles composed only of string instruments. From then on “Django” enjoyed a full and wonderful musical career performing and touring with jazz giants such as Louis Armstrong, Duke Ellington, Dizzy Gillespie, Coleman Hawkins, Benny Carter, and Rex Stewart.

Sadly on May 16th 1953, Jean-Baptiste Reinhardt passed away of a stroke at the young age of 43. Although his life was short, it was filled with great disappointments and monumental achievements, creating a legacy with his music and the Gypsy Jazz style he created. “Django” Reinhardt will be forever remembered as a pioneer of jazz.

See also our article on Gypsy Jazz

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Gypsy Jazz. A European Variation of an American Invention.

March 16, 2010

Jazz’s origins are distinctly American, but other forms of the genre have developed away from American soil.

Jean 'Django' Reinhardt Gypsy Jazz pioneer

Post World War One, jazz was beginning to gain popularity across Europe, with notable musicians from the USA touring and living on the continent. With jazz’s growing popularity as the fashionable music of the day, it began to infuse into all levels of society and develop its own European style. One of the most prominent of the European styles was Gypsy Jazz also known as ‘Manouche Jazz’ (Mustache Jazz).

Gypsy Jazz had many key differences to its American cousin, the most notable being the types of instruments used. The jazz played in the United states at the time had evolved using instruments used in marching bands such as trumpets and saxophones. Gypsy jazz was wholly different using mainly string instruments with the leads taken by guitar and violin. In most groups there was also no rhythm section with beats being added from the tapping on the body of a guitar, much like in many traditional Latin folk music. Gypsy jazz has traditionally been a free form of music with the practice of passing down music through demonstrations and jamming rather than writing score. This is common with aural tradition where stories are passed from generation to generation and the one of the main sources of historical record in the Gypsy and Romany communities in Europe.

The key protagonist in the beginnings and formations of Gypsy Jazz was a Belgian by the name of Jean ‘Django’ Reinhardt. Reinhardt was a Romany gypsy who with his band were one of the major players on the Paris music and jazz scene. His influence on the style was immense from the use of instruments to the way chords were played (Reinhardt was paralyzed in two fingers limiting the number of chords he could play). Django caught the attention of many American artists playing with the likes of Louis Armstrong and Dizzy Gillespie. His legacy continues to this day with many festivals and bands bearing his name.

Read our article on the life of Jean “Django” Reinhardt.

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Keith Hallett Videos.

March 16, 2010

Here is a small selection of young Blues guitarists Keith Halletts work.


JUNO Category of Blues Album of the Year

March 5, 2010

The five nominees for Blues Album of the Year are Carlos Del Junco for ‘Steady Movin’, Colin Linden for ‘From the Water’, Downchild for ‘I Need a Hat’, Jack de Keyzer for ‘The Corktown Sessions’ and Treasa Lavasseur for ‘Low Fidelity’. Below is a brief bio of each artist and an example of their work.

Carlos del Junco – Steady Movin’

A performer at last years Wreckhouse International Jazz and Blues Festival, Carlos del Junco captivated audiences with his harmonica playing.  This is Carlos’s second JUNO nomination, the first coming in 1998. The seven Time Harmonica Player of the Year (at the Maple Blues Awards) has delighted audiences across the world with his playing.

Colin Linden – From The Water

‘From the Water’ is Colin Lindens 11th solo album from a musicians whos career stretches back over 33 years. Linden to date has won seven JUNO awards, add to that a Grammy nomination and multiple Maple Blues Awards you see an artist who is a master at his craft.  ‘From the Water’ is a more diverse work than previous albums with heavy acoustic country blues influences.

Downchild – I Need A Hat

2009 was a milestone year for Downchild, it marked the bands 40th anniversary. ‘I Need a Hat’ boasts a number of notable guests appearances including Hollywood actor/comedian and fellow Canadian Dan Aykroyd and fellow Blues Album of the Year nominee Colin Linden. Downchild have won many awards and accolades including a JUNO for “Best Roots and Traditional Album” in 1991.

Jack de Keyzer – The Corktown Sessions

Jack de Keyzer won a  JUNO for Best Blues Album in 2003 for ‘6 String Lover’.  British born de Keyzer has been performing for over thirty years, with his music taking him across the globe.  An accomplished guitarist he has appeared on numerous albums by artists such as Bo Diddley, Etta James and Blue Rodeo.

Treasa Levasseur – Low Fidelity

‘Low Fidelity’ is the Winnipeg natives second album and first Juno nomination. Levasseur is a rising star in the blues world, with her reputation already made in Canada she is spreading the word further afield.  An accomplished musician on piano, accordion, guitar, mandolin she is an artist who lives and breaths music.

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