Saturday, August 14 / 7:00 p.m.
Remembering Jim Connors
READING POPS ORCHESTRA CELEBRATES
THE SPIRIT OF DJANGO REINHARDT
featuring JULIEN LABRO, MAX O’ROURKE,
JOSH TAYLOR, CHRIS HESLOP and more
Miller Center for the Arts
Tickets: $49 (Reserved Seating)
Hot Club Jazz, or Gypsy Jazz, is a blend of traditional Roma music and swing jazz that was pioneered by the legendary Hot Club of France Quintet, which was led by guitarist Django Reinhardt.
Django was attempting to do his own version of American Hot Jazz, as played by stars like Louis Armstrong and Duke Ellington. The Hot Club of France Quintet used acoustic guitars, bass and violin, rather than horns and drums. Django added some French and Gypsy flavor and created a blend of music that is quite popular and accessible.
The Reading Pops’ reputation as a dynamic orchestra has sprouted significantly in the rich topsoil of collaboration with a litany of accomplished artists in their Berks Jazz Fest and Sunday With the Pops concerts.
The Pops are a professional 55-piece orchestra made up of musicians from Berks County and surrounding counties who perform popular classics and classic pop.
The Pops have performed with such luminaries as The Four Freshmen (five times), Paquito D’Rivera, Ramsey Lewis, David Benoit, Chuck Mangione, Rick Braun, Jim Brickman, John Pizzarelli, Nelson Rangell, New York Voices, City Rhythm Orchestra, Diane Schuur, Brian Bromberg, Ann Hampton Calloway, Eric Marienthal, Chuck Loeb, Jane Monheit, Cathy Chemi, Skip Stine, Livingston Taylor, The Brubeck Brothers Quartet, Minas Sextet, Andrew Neu, Keiko Matsui, David Cullen and the Erich Cawalla Quintet.
Julien Labro has established himself as one of the foremost accordion and bandoneón players in both the classical and jazz genres.
His artistry, virtuosity and creativity as a musician, composer and arranger have earned him international acclaim and continue to astonish audiences worldwide.
Guitarist Josh Taylor is a member of the Hot Club of Reading that focuses on early hot jazz stylings made popular by Reinhardt.
Taylor, who has performed around Reading for years with various collaborations, also has a band called Djangoholics Anonymous. So you could safely assume that the man is hooked on Django.