440 Gypsy Jazz is a quartet that expands the gypsy jazz tradition of Django Reinhardt and Stephane Grappelli. They play danceable swing standards from the era of Cole Porter, George Gershwin and Benny Goodman, as well as originals from the band.
Sometimes called gypsy swing, jazz manouche or hot club style jazz, gypsy jazz originated in the 1930’s in Paris with Reinhardt and Grappelli’s band Quintette du Hot Club de Paris, and is often featured in the sound track of movies by Woody Allen. The usual instrumentation is acoustic guitar, violin and clarinet, with upright bass.
The leader of 440 is violinist Tomoko Iwamoto, born in Osaka and a graduate of Berklee College. Tomoko is a composer, arranger and educator, and plays classical and other styles of music in addition to gypsy jazz.
She has released two CD’s, “Yo-ki Swing,” and “Why Why.”
“Tomoko has her own melodic vocabulary that she has created within the gypsy jazz context. Not an easy thing to do. It reflects the bravery and strength of her character. It shows she has lived some life and her stories are subtly silhouetted through her music. Such a pleasure.” Chris McDermott, guitarist, singer and songwriter and producer.
Tickets are $17 in advance at eventbrite.com and $20 at the door. Doors open at 7:00 p.m. and the concert begins at 7:30. Masks are optional.