What could possibly be more romantic than a version of “Lover Man” crooned in front of a swinging Gypsy jazz sextet? Well, maybe a ballad like “Où Es-Tu, Mon Amour?” which means “Where Are You, My Love?”
The Ithaca-based Gypsy jazz band Djug Django comes to Pensabene's Casa Grande, on Syracuse's West End, from 2 to 5 p.m. Sunday, Feb. 12, to play a Valentine’s Day concert hosted by the Jazz Appreciation Society of Syracuse. The venue has been changed for this event, but the date and time remain the same; Djug Django was originally booked to play at McNamara's Pub in Camillus.
Djug Django’s core members – violinist Eric Aceto, guitarist-trombonist Dave Davies, clarinetist Brian Earle, guitarist Doug Robinson and washtub bass player Jim Sherpa, who was raised in Camillus – will welcome special guest trumpeter Woody Peters to the stage on Feb 12.
Peters, who plays trumpet for the Soda Ash Six and the State Fair Four, will be featured on numbers such as “Bourbon Street Parade” and “Struttin’ with Some Barbecue.”
The guitar-driven sextet is modeled after the Quintette du Hot Club de France which featured Reinhardt on guitar and Stephane Grappelli on violin. Djug Django performs Quintette favorites such as “Honeysuckle Rose,” “Nagasaki” and “After You’ve Gone.”
The Ithacans also play a handful of original tunes by multi-instrumentalist Dave Davies. His titles include “Mudbone is Out Today,” a musical portrait of a shifty New Orleans busker; “Who’d be Knockin’?” a tuneful tale of late-night danger; and “Geraldine,” an upbeat two-step.
Admission costs $10 for JASS members, $12 for others; 652-0547.
For band info, visit watershed-arts.com/djug.html.