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Tickets to South Whidbey Gypsy jazz festival are on sale


Tickets are on sale now for the 12th annual DjangoFest Northwest at Whidbey Island Center for the Arts. DjangoFest runs Wednesday, Sept. 19 through Sunday, Sept. 23.

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, according to a press release.

This year continues that tradition with a lineup featuring the return of Paulus Schafer and Tim Kliphuis, two of Holland’s finest players. From Belgium is 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 new material; and the Hot Club of Detroit, guaranteed to put on a blistering performance. Pearl Django returns with Martin Taylor.

Other local favorites are Billet-Deux and the new Greg Ruby Quartet. 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 lineup, 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.

Also enjoy workshops and presentations.

Tickets range in prince from $32 to $70 and are available at or by calling the WICA ticket office at 800-638-7631.




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