Pearl Django with Gail Pettis at Meydenbauer Center Theatre
October 7, 2023
With a performance history spanning almost two decades, Pearl Django endures as one of the most highly regarded Hot Club style groups working today. Although the band’s roots are firmly in the music made famous by Django Reinhardt and Stephan Grappelli, its extensive repertoire includes traditional jazz classics and original compositions. Pearl Django has performed at festivals, dances and nightspots throughout the U.S. and abroad. They have played at the prestigious Festival Django Reinhardt in Samois sur Seine and have been featured on NPR’s “All Things Considered.” The band’s signature style is marked by pristine and dexterous string work, colors of Bal Musette, the steady pulse of rhythm guitar and an unmistakable swing that delights audiences of all musical sensibilities. Throughout the years, Pearl Django has cultivated a devoted and enthusiastic following and they continue to play to packed houses wherever they perform.
Featured in O, the Oprah Magazine, Gail Pettis, brings to the stage rich, warm vocals and understated phrasing. Gail discusses in O freeing the inner artist and relinquishing her clinic coat to pursue creative talents. Previously an orthodontist of 15 years, Gail left that life behind in passionate pursuit of music.
Her live performances have been described by Earshot jazz as going “…from strength to strength, performing a winning, crowd-involving style of vocal jazz.”