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Stephane Wrembel Shows Sinti Spirit on 'The Django Experiment III,' Playing Now on Radar

Ebru Yildiz for NPR
Stephane Wrembel at Globalfest in 2013

I have a friend who loves gypsy guitar music so much she said she’s going to build a campfire in the backyard, light it, and wait.

Stephane Wrembel Django Experiment III CD cover

Some folks feel pretty connected to their Django Reinhardt. The Django practitioners are just as passionate (maybe without the campfire), with a burn that brings legions to hot clubs, and festivals where the Sinti style lives.

Guitarist Stephane Wrembel, who was born in France in Django Reinhardt’s hometown,  has the third of his Django Experiment albums coming to satisfy the demand. He’s written pieces for the Woody Allen films Midnight In Paris and Vicky Cristina Barcelona; opened for Elvis Costello; been part of “Django a Gogo” at Carnegie Hall; and has records with titles like “Gypsy Rumble.” The forthcoming Django Experiement III comes out Jan. 23, the anniversary of Reinhardt's birth. 

Listen here. Make up your own mind. Then hurry for tickets to Joe’s Pub in New York City on Jan. 23 to see and hear Stephane Wrembel and friends light the campfire live in celebration of Django Reinhardt.

1)   Les Flots du Danube
2)   Melodie au Crepuscule
3)   Fate
4)   Manoir De Mes
5)   Swing Gitan
6)   Nuages
7)   Fleche D'or
8)   Si Tu Savais
9)   Indifference

In jazz radio, great announcers are distinguished by their ability to convey the spontaneity and passion of the music. Gary Walker is such an announcer, and his enthusiasm for this music greets WBGO listeners every morning. This winner of the 1996 Gavin Magazine Jazz Radio Personality of the Year award has hosts the morning show each weekday from 6:00am -12:00pm. And, by his own admission, he's truly having a great time.