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The Pacific Northwest Gypsy-jazz band Pearl Django recently appeared on KPLU with guitarist Martin Taylor.
The Pacific Northwest Gypsy-jazz band Pearl Django recently appeared on KPLU with guitarist Martin Taylor. Courtesy of the artist
Martin Taylor is widely considered one of the best solo jazz guitarists working today. While still in his early 20s, he was introduced to the world's jazz audience as the guitarist with Stephane Grappelli, a Gypsy-jazz violinist and co-founder (along with Django Reinhardt) of the Quintette du Hot Club de France.
But Taylor's familiarity with Gypsy music goes all the way back to his childhood in Scotland. As you'll hear in this interview, Taylor's father descended from Romany (Gypsy) stock, so Taylor grew up surrounded by Gypsy music and traditions.
On a recent visit to Seattle, Taylor teamed up with Pearl Django, the Northwest's premier Gypsy-jazz quintet, for a few nightclub gigs and a visit to the KPLU/Jazz 24 studios. Taylor was obviously enjoying his trip back to gypsy-jazz roots, and the members of Pearl Django seemed thrilled to accompany him.