Airdrie residents invited to experience jazz
By: Allison Chorney
| Posted: Thursday, Jan 31, 2013 11:38 am
If you’ve never heard of Jazz Manouche, you are not alone.
The music style is also known as “Gypsy jazz” because the term translates to “traveller jazz” and is a Paris-based style of music that blends traditional Roma Gypsy style with elements of American jazz and swing, according to National Geographic’s NAT GEO Music.
Airdrie residents can experience this distinctive sound first hand when the Denis Chang Manouche Quartet comes to the Bert Church Live Theatre on Feb. 8.
“Denis Chang himself is by far one of the most accomplished guitar players I’ve seen,” said Dennis Tinkler, the manager of Bert Church Theatre.
Manouche jazz requires great technical skill, with what NAT GEO Music calls “chugging rhythms, sweeping melodies and inventive improvised stretches.”
The Quartet’s sound maintains the traditional Parisian roots but ups the ante by playing at dizzying speeds and the “hot” fast pace of the music is what the genre is known for.
Tinkler describes the Quartet as, “fascinating and very progressive.”
Chang has studied with well-known jazz artists Fapy Lafertin and Ritary Gaguenutti.
He has performed extensively in Canada, the United States and Europe but this is his first Alberta tour.
The musician named acclaimed Gypsy-jazz guitarist Jean Baptiste “Django” Reinhardt as one of his greatest influences as well as Bach, Chopin and Michael Jackson.
Chang attended McGill University where he received a degree in music but has said his greatest lessons were learned through the time he spent with gypsy players in Europe.
He has also developed a love of teaching and has established DC Music School, a virtual school in his hometown of Montreal where he teaches music online at
Tickets for the concert are $23.10 including GST and service charges and are available at the Bert Church Live Theatre box office.
For more information, call 403-948-8824 or visit thebertchurchtheatre.com