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Pearl Django performs 25th anniversary studio session

Pearl Django live in the KNKX Studios.
Parker Miles Blohm

After a quarter century, the mighty engine of rhythm that is Pearl Django is still hittin’ on all five: accordionist and recording engineer David Lange, violinist Michael Gray, guitarists Tim Lerch and Jim Char, and bassist Rick Leppanon.

The gypsy jazz quintet opened its 25th anniversary studio session on Jan. 2 with "For Sephora" by Stochelo Rosenberg, of Holland’s Rosenberg Trio.  

Then it was time for questions.

Listeners wanted to know the origin of the Pearl Django name (not quite what you’d think), whether they’d ever actually attempted a Pearl (d)Jam song, and what they’d play for Django Reinhardt if he could be brought forward in time.

The group’s second tune was a tribute to founding member, guitarist Dudley Hill, "Floyd Hoyt Rides Again."

Some more listener questions followed, then the final song of the session, "Under Paris Skies."


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Dick Stein has been with KNKX since January, 1992. His duties include hosting the morning jazz show and co-hosting and producing the Food for Thought feature with the Seattle Times’ Nancy Leson. He was writer and director of the three Jimmy Jazzoid live radio musical comedies and 100 episodes of Jazz Kitchen. Previous occupations include the USAF, radio call-in show host, country, classical and top-40 DJ, chimney sweep, window washer and advertising copywriter.
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