Django a la Creole

In late-August, 2005, powerful Hurricane Katrina compromised an inadequate U.S. Federal levy system leaving 80% of the city of New Orleans under water. Among the over four-thousand displaced musicians was clarinetist Evan Christopher, a California native who first moved to the Crescent City in 1994. With little more than his clarinet and a suitcase full of clothes, Christopher chose Paris, France for his exile at the invitation of the City of Paris. During this artist residency, funded by an American program called French-American Cultural Exchange, he worked diligently to raise awareness about the musical culture of New Orleans through concerts and masterclasses. He also formed his own groups, the JazzTraditions PROJECT and Django à la Créole.

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PERSONNEL

EVAN CHRISTOPHER – Clarinet
DON VAPPIE – Guitar/Banjo/Vocals
DAVE KElBIE – Guitar
SEBASTIEN GIRARDOT – Double Bass


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PRESS

Is there a more graceful band at work at the moment?
THE SUNDAY TIMES UK
[Evan] is, in my estimation, not only the greatest jazz clarinetist alive, but one of the greatest of all time
AHMET ERTEGUN, FOUNDING CHAIRMAN OF ATLANTIC RECORDS
A forthright sound and a hungry energy
NEW YORK TIMES
repertory music of the best kind
WALL ST JOURNAL
in the history of jazz, he will be amidst the greatest of all times
JAZZ CLASSIQUE FRANCE
He makes close-encounter music
NEW YORK TIMES

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