The Gypsy Jazz Project Fumee
Start Date/Time: Saturday, April 01, 2017 5:00 PM
    Fumée creates a suave fusion of European and American jazz traditions that is elegant and upbeat, sensitive and lyrical. The band performs with a traditional drum-less ensemble utilizing string instruments as the rhythm section (Don Stiernberg, mandolin).  Add to that, the charm and European flair of the accordion (Don Stille), the tone and energy of the trumpet (Art Davis), and the emotion and lyricism of the voice (Christy Bennett) and you have their modern interpretation that preserves the tradition. 

Bandleader and vocalist Christy Bennett began performing straight-ahead jazz in 2006.  Classically trained, with a degree in Vocal Performance from DePaul University, she had also been drawn to jazz through elective classes and combos.  In 2010, Bennet reconnected with a high school friend who introduced her to the 1930’s and 40’s music of Django Reinhardt and The Hot Club of France and ignited her love of gypsy jazz.  Another high school friend, in 2012, asked Bennett to sing two songs at her wedding with an instrumental gypsy jazz duo, that immediately inspired Bennett to form her own gypsy jazz band—Fumée—based on this European style.

Showtimes:  5pm & 7pm
Admission:  $10 before 7pm & $15 after 7pm