Djangolaya was founded by Jeanine Green, Jean-Pierre Sallet, and Charlie Schueller when they met at Django in June, a music camp dedicated to the music of Django Reinhardt. While at this annual gathering of amazing musicians in Massachusetts, the three of them discovered that they actually lived only a few minutes from each other in the Maryland suburbs of Washington. Drawing on relationships with friends and other great musicians, Djangolaya presents a wide range of musical configurations from an intimate trio to a six piece ensemble that really swings. We often draw on our large network of gypsy jazz enthusiasts to augment our group to suit any occasion.
Jeanine Greene, Vocals and violin
A talented singer and violinist, Jeanine is equally comfortable with the styles of the Paris bistro, Big Bands, or vocal harmony groups. In addition to playing with Djangolaya, Jeanine is featured in the Tom Cunningham Orchestra, and YazooZazz.
Jean-Pierre Sallet, Guitar
JP Sallet is a dedicated student of the Gypsy Jazz guitar styles and counts among his many influences, Django, Bireli Legrene, Sacha Distel. His fluid guitar interpretations delight listeners.
Charlie Schueller, Accordion
One of the leaders of the DC Gypsy Jazz Meetup, Charlie is passionate about the revival of accordion in both traditional and contemporary music. When not playing accordion, Charlie plays piano with his own quartet, and other jazz musicians in the Baltimore/Washington area.
Fabian de Kok Mercado, Guitar
Fabian is an artist based in Baltimore, MD. He is dedicated to studying gypsy jazz guitar, particularly the compositions and interpretations of Django Reinhardt. He also enjoys spending time recording and composing new music in his home studio.
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