Django Jamboree 2014

This year’s Django Jamboree featuring T’cha Limberger is on November 8th at Kentucky Country Day’s performance Center, 4100 Springdale Rd, Louisville, Kentucky 40241. Master Classes are from 12:00 to 4:00 PM and the concert is held at 7:30 PM.


Concert Tickets:

$25.00 advanced purchase ($15.00 with valid student ID)

$30.00 day of show ($20.00 with valid student ID)


Single Master Class:

$45.00 advanced purchase ($25.00 with valid student ID)

$50.00 day of class ($30.00 with valid student ID)


Two Master Classes:

$75.00 advanced purchase ($40.00 with valid student ID)

$80.00 day of class ($45.00 with valid student ID)

Click here for tickets! (Scroll down until you see Django Jamboree)



Here’s what the England Arts Council had to say about T’cha:

tcha limberger's budapest gypsy orchestraBursts of soaring musical tragedy and czardas madness delivered with an astounding purity of sound and hardly imaginable depth of musical dialogue. An accomplished multi-instrumentalist, Tcha Limberger is from a famous family of Gypsy musicians growing up with the Gypsy-jazz of Django Reinhardt.
In true Hungarian Gypsy Band style they switch between soaring intensity and smoldering pathos delivering a passion and technical virtuosity that is astounding.‘About the music I intend to play: to start of with, this music deserves to be re-appreciated in it’s essential form and for that reason I don’t intend to create a new style immediately. It should again be played by musicians who really want to play it. Of course, we will not try to sound like a Gypsy band out of 1920, but also we’ll not play current versions either. I would like to bring all these elements together that made me want to study this music, that still inspires me, even when it seems to be dead already.’ TCHA LIMBERGER

Here’s a clip of Tcha playing with Gypsy guitarist Lollo Meier. (Tcha takes the first solo-violin)




The 3rd Annual Django Jamboree Concert
 & Master Class Series

Saturday, November 9, 2013, 8:00 – 11:00 PM

Kentucky Country Day Theater, 4100 Springdale Road, Louisville, KY 40241

Violinist Ben Powell and Guitarist Sébastien Giniaux to appear at Kentucky Country Day Theater.

Django Jamboree Festival is proud to present internationally known Gypsy Jazz musicians, guitarist Sébastien Giniaux and violinist Ben Powell in concert on Saturday, November 9th at 8:00 PM.  The concert will be held at Kentucky Country Day Theater and tickets are $20.00 advance, $25.00 day of show, purchase here.

Come enjoy and celebrate the phenomenal music of Sébastien Giniaux, Ben Powell, The Adrian Holovaty Trio! This barrage of talent in the style of Jazz masters Django Reinhardt and Stephane Grappelli brings definitive, contemporary Gypsy Jazz to the local stage. Experience what’s happening now on the Gypsy Jazz scene. Plan to stick around after the show for the open jam session. Everyone is welcome to join in and play.

In addition to the concert, For Musicians who want to hone their technique, we offer Master Classes!

Ben Powell offers classes on jazz improvisation on violin and Sébastien Giniaux offers advanced improvisation techniques for guitar.

Saturday, November 9, 11:00AM-3:00PM,

Kentucky Country Day Performance Center

Featured Musicians:

Sébastien Giniaux

Sébastien Giniaux began studying the cello at age six at the Conservatory of Bourg-la-Reine with Etienne Cardoze. He discovered the guitar at age 18, and taught himself to play the music of Django Reinhardt. He is one of the most sought after guitarists on the scene today.

Sébastien Giniaux is one of the greatest young guitarists in this style in Paris, and therefore probably one of the best in the world. I’d be hard pressed to think of any world-class guitarist of any style that wouldn’t be blown away by his virtuosic technique and endless improvisational ideas.” – Vic Wong of Panique in San Francisco

Ben Powell

Ben Powell has been a staunch supporter of the Django Jamboree since its inception in 2011. Django collaborator Stephane Grappelli’s influence on Powell’s playing is unmistakable. Ben is an avid educator, regularly leading improvisation workshops and clinics across the USA, Canada and Europe.

Following in the footsteps of the great Stephane Grappelli, Ben Powell has developed a very personal inspired voice on the violin. His ideas flow freely with expression in every kind of music he’s exploring….. Bravo.”- Joe Lovano

Topics for Master Classes include:

Gypsy Rest Stroke picking style
, La Pompe rhythm,

Jazz violin improvisation
, Guitar improvisation in the Gypsy Jazz vocabulary

Master Class Tickets

Single Class – $50.00 Day of Show Single Class – $45.00 Advance Purchase

Two Classes – $80.00 Day of Show Two Classes – $75.00 Advance Purchase

All classes will be held at Kentucky Country Day performance center.


Django Jamboree 2012, October 6 Louisville KY

International Gypsy Jazz Artists, October 6, 2012

Master Classes:

U of L Strickler Hall

11:00 AM-4:30 PM

$40.00 each, $125 for 3 classes and concert


U of L Strickler Hall, Middleton Auditorium

7:30 PM-10:00 PM

$20.00 advance, $25.00 day of show

“Stompin’ at Decca” after concert jam session

at Decca Restaurant, 812 East Market Street  Louisville, KY

10:00 PM til ??


The Artists:

(click names for links to artist’s websites)

Ben Powell

Gonzalo Bergara Quartet

Denis Chang


Swing ‘39


Click here for TICKETS


The Details: 

International jazz musicians Gonzalo Bergara Quartet, Ben Powell, and Denis Chang will perform and teach in Louisville, October 6, 2012 at the Second Annual Django Jamboree. Also performing will be Brooklyn based “Franglais” and Louisville’s own “Swing ’39”. The celebration of gypsy jazz will feature a concert in Strickler Hall at the University of Louisville as well as Master Classes and informal jam sessions throughout the day. The University of Louisville School of Music’s World Music Concert series is co-sponsoring the event with local producer/musician Ben Andrews.

The concert features two styles of gypsy jazz: the traditional form as Django Reinhardt and Stephane Grappelli performed with The Quintette of the Hot Club of France in the 1930s and 40s; and the exciting contemprorary version emerging in jazz clubs today. Ben Powell, a classical trained jazz violinist and rising star from England, and Denis Chang, a Canadian guitar virtuoso, will perform an homage to Django Reinhardt and The Quintette of the Hot Club of France. The Gonzalo Bergara Quartet (GBQ), based in Los Angeles, will perform origional compositions and modern takes on the classics with lead acoustic guitarist Bergara, a native of Argentina, Jeffrey Radaich on Rhythm Guitar, Leah Zeger on violin, and Brian Netzley on Upright Bass.

Ben Powell’s multi-stylistic abilities allow him to perform with great artists, irrespective of musical genre: from Paul Simon, Herbie Hancock, Gloria Estefan, and Stevie Winwood to classical conductors Sir Roger Norrington, Marin Alsop, Yan Pascal Tortelier and Keith Lockhart. In 2010 the Betty Carter Jazz Ahead Program selected Ben as a scholar at the Kennedy Center in Washington D.C. While living in Paris, Ben recently performed with gypsy jazz legends Bireli Lagrene, Tchavalo Schmitt, Didier Lockwood, Costel Nitescu, Stochelo Rosenberg, Florin Niculescu, and Adrien Moignard among others. Ben had the privilege of performing for First Lady Laura Bush and Her Majesty Queen Noor of Jordan. Ben Powell is gaining a reputation as one of the leading jazz violinists of his generation.

Denis Chang, a virtuoso guitarist and teacher, spent his formative years alongside the greatest Jazz Manouche guitarists: Fapy Lafertin, Ritary Gaguenetti, Paulus Schäfer, Rindo Winterstein and Emmanuel Kassimo. Chang quickly developed his own style and now frequently introduces his own compositions in performances. Denis Chang performs regularly on many Quebec stages including the Festival international de jazz de MontréaL. His teaching methods are in high demand. In 2008, Chang had the honor of being invited to perform with the legendary Les Paul at the Iridium in New York.

Gonzalo Bergara has toured worldwide with John Jorgensen Quintet, as well as performed and recorded with hundreds of artists including Tim Hausser from Manhattan Transfer, Sylvie Vartan, Dan Hicks and The Hot Licks, Howard Alden and more. After touring with the Jorgenson Quintet, Bergara emerged as a guitar virtuoso, forging his own style of progressive Gypsy Jazz. A native of Argentina, Gonzalo began playing professionally at age 16 in Buenos Aires. By 17 he was already fronting his own blues trio on National Television. In 2000, at age 19, he arrived in America.

Master classes at all levels will be held at the University’s Strictler Hall on Saturday between 11:30 to 5:30. Ben Powell, Denis Chang, and Gonzalo Bergara will teach 90 minute classes. All levels of ability welcome!

Stompin’ at Decca jam session featuring local jazz musicians and our Gypsy Jazz guests to be at Decca Restaurant after the concert. Open to the public!


Links to the performers:

Ben Powell (w/ Adrien Moignard, Django Jamboree 2011) (Ben’s solo is at 2:50 into the tune)

Denis Chang (Denis’ solo is at 1:35 into tune)

Gonzalo Bergara (Django in June, 2009)

Django Jamboree, November 13th, 2011 Louisville, KY

Master Classes- Clifton Center
FREE Concert
Sunday, November 13, 2011—Wyatt Hall,
Bellarmine University

Come enjoy and celebrate phenomenal music by Adrien Moignard and Ben Powell in the style of the acknowledged masters Django Reinhardt and Stephane Grappelli, and also what’s happening now on the gypsy jazz scene. Franglais from Brooklyn will be on hand as well as Louisville’s own Gypsy deVille. Master Classes from 1:00 PM to five p.m., Free Concert at Cralle Theater- Wyatt Hall, Bellarmine University at 7:30 p.m., open jam session starting 10:30 at The Bard’s Town after the concert.

Classes and Concert conducted by:

Guitarist Adrien Moignard
Based in Paris, Moignard has been a serious guitarist since childhood. He is a longtime devotee of the music of Django Reinhardt and American jazz, and is one of the most sought-after guitarists on the contemporary Gypsy swing scene.

Violinist Ben Powell
Django collaborator Stephane Grappelli’s influence on Powell’s’s playing is unmistakable, and performing in the Hotclub style is his personal celebration of the Grappelli/Reinhardt tradition—and his own contribution to the current worldwide revolution in Gypsy jazz.

Gypsy Jazz Band Franglais
Franglais blends the rhythmic drive of gypsy jazz, the nostalgia of French chanson, and the distinct soul of American music.

Louisville’s own Gypsy deVille

Gypsy Jazz dance band aiming for the swing dancer’s heart and the soul of the “Quintet of the Hot Club of France.”

Topics for workshops include:
• Gypsy Rest Stroke picking style
• La Pompe rhythm
• Jazz violin improvisation
• Guitar improvisation in the Gypsy Jazz vocabulary

Master Classes are $40.00 for a single class and $60.00 for two calsses. Due to time constraints it’s only

possible to attend two classes. The classes are being held at the Clifton Center, 2117 Payne Street
Louisville, KY 40206


For more information, contact Ben Andrews at 502-552-5174 or