In 1995, in Toronto, a group of Django Reinhardt’s fans got together for the sheer enjoyment of playing the music of the Quintet of the Hot Club of France. In time, a nucleus of these dedicated musicians decided to perform publicly and so the Club Django Sextet of Toronto was born. They have held a monthly residency here at The Rex since the turn of the decade, molding their shows into a tight ensemble performance of gypsy-swing joy.
“When my friend mentioned that there was some Gypsy Jazz musicians playing at the Rex on Sunday afternoon, I knew exactly where I would be that day. I admit to being a big fan of Django Reinhardt, so listening to Club Django play was a wonderful treat that left me completely satisfied. These guys were great! A real Django chanelling kind of experience. And a heck of a tribute to a legendary artist. What a perfect way to spend a Sunday afternoon! Their sound was pure Django, fabulous Gypsy Swing, an exotic and passionate music that can never die: it’s just too much fun! We even spent a delightful moment hearing some of the band’s and Django’s history right from the founder André Séguinot. I left The Rex, my heart singing, a joyful song, toe-tapping my way home. Happy as can be with “La Gitane’s”(The Club Django Sextet of Toronto) album in hand.
That night we played their most excellent CD and loved the whole thing. Polished, professional, perfect. I happily and heartily recommend it and them!” THE REX DECEMBER 2008
Born in Montréal, Abbey studied at McGill University’s Faculty of Music. A professional musician since 1969, he has played in almost every genre imaginable.
John interprets the formidable genius of Django Reinhardt with virtuosic flair. Beyond the great master, his diverse influences include Charlie Christian, Mike Bloomfield and Danny Gatton. An accomplished guitarist who defies genre, John has been performing professionally for over 30 years.
Gerry was practically weaned on jazz from birth through his father’s influence. Bringing his own interest in everything from Bach to Bacharach and his fascination with European accordion styles, Gerry has found a good home with Club Django.
Wayne is the newest member of our band. He has been a co-leader of Toronto’s longest-running, gypsy jazz jam for over 10 years. His tight rhythm playing helps focus the band and adds a large element of the “swing” factor to our music.
Classically trained like his idol Grappelli, versatile and talented Rodion brings to the band a sound that expresses his Russian roots and the influence of his work with the Broadway production and tours of Forever Tango
André, shown here playing his 1961 Favino guitar, is the founder of Club Django Toronto. Born in Montpellier, France, he is the only member to have seen Django Reinhardt perform.Andre passed away Jan. 29th 2019. He was 88.
Tony is a long time Django fan from Manchester, England, and an avid frequenter of Samois sur Seine. He brings to Club Django Toronto an in-depth knowledge of the gypsy jazz world. Tony plays a John Le Voi guitar.Tony passed away July 21, 2018Link to obituary.