19th January
2009
written by Phil

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“Playing” Django are a vintage swing group based in Birmingham. They delight and amaze audiences around the country with their interpretations of the classic sounds of the 1930’s & 1940’s using a line-up inspired by Django Reinhardt and Stephan Grappelli’s Quintet of the Hot Club of France.

The main advantages to booking this line up compared to a normal swing band are:

1. Volume. Because there are no drums (the crazy swing rhythms are provided by guitar instead) we have more flexibility as to what volume we plat at. We can play loud, if necessary (for swing dances, etc), but we also have the option of playing in quieter situations (formal dinners, etc).

2. Space. Because all the instruments are polyphonic (can play many notes simultaneously), we can achieve complicated arrangements using far fewer people than a normal swing band where all the horns are monophonic (can only play one note at a time)

We play a lot of standards like Sweet Georgia Brown, All Of Me, Don’t Get Around Much Anymore, etc. mixed with suitable contemporary tunes like The Muppet Show, Belleville Rendezvous, etc.

If you have an inquiry feel free to drop us a line at

info@playingdjango.com

More here …

2nd November
2012
written by Gary

“Playing” Django will be playing at the Hare & Hounds on Kings Heath high st tomorrow, 3rd of November, as part of their afternoon blues club. Come on down if you’re free, it’s the perfect time between day-time shopping & evening drinking. We’ll be doing 2 sets, one at 5pm, one at 6pm.

8th October
2011
written by Gary

Silas has himself a new all-singing-dancing-visual treat of a site, to be perused at your pleasure at the soundofsilas.com

28th May
2011
written by Gary

“Playing” Django will be performing a free public gig at the MAC, in Cannon Hill Park as part of the Tuseday Tunes series of events. It’s a child friendly environment with food and music in the early evening sun. Should be a lot of fun.

We are doing two sets, one at 6pm, and then one at 7pm. We will be performing in the courtyard if the weather is good, or in the Bridges Cafe Bar if it’s not so good!

3rd December
2010
written by Gary

So, we have gathered together various media of our gig at the Birmingham Town Hall in September. We’ll start with a couple of photos by Carlton Douglas:

And then a couple of tunes, featuring Remi Harris on guitar:

  • Les Feuilles Mortes

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  • Douce Ambience

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And then, finally to finish, pictures and music together:

7th September
2010
written by Gary

“Playing” Django are most excited about performing at the Birmingham Town hall this sunday, 12th of september, at 6p.m. as part of Artsfest. Which is good news because that means it’s a free gig for all you who want to come and listen, and it also means that it’s worth the trip into town as there will be lots of amazing things going on all day.

For instance:

Lady Georgiana are playing the CBSO centre at 2 pm

The Boom Operators are playing the Victoria Square stage at 430 pm

The Heels are playing Chamberlin Square stage at 330pm

Lots to see there, and so much more.Hope to see you there.

18th May
2010
written by Gary

Thanks to Ken & Victoria for this..

26th January
2010
written by Gary

Even Darker, more mysterious improvisation…. Well really, it’s just a study of the Phrygian mode, in a demented manner, hence the sub-title… Again, for mood, candlelight was necessary, so sorry about the video quality.. But let’s face it, no-one cares about my ugly mug, it’s the audio quality that matters, and that’s fine!

26th January
2010
written by Gary

A Dark, candlelit Improvisation…. Watch out…

26th January
2010
written by Gary

With all the weather we had, i figures it was necessary…

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