Walter Mencken 10 a.m., Jan. 24
Allison Adams Tucker: Django unchained Aug. 4
The vocalist plays tribute to the French guitar hero and others at Dizzy's.
Vocalist Allison Adams Tucker creates a new twist on an old concept August 4 at the new Dizzy's (4275 Mission Bay Dr.) when she assembles a cast of local players to celebrate the music of Django Reinhardt and Le Hot Club de France.
Reinhardt is still considered to be one of the greatest guitarists of all time, despite the fact that the French gypsy stylist was only able to use his index and middle fingers ( his other digits were paralyzed following a fire in early adulthood). He was the first European musician to make a substantial contribution to the American art form of jazz. The driving, swinging style he popularized is still a major force in the French gypsy culture.
Alongside Tucker will be Evona Wascinksi on double-bass, Dusty Brough on guitar, Lou Fanucchi on accordion, Chris Vitas on violin and Richard Sellers on drums.
Singing songs in French won't represent much of a challenge to Tucker, who has a degree in Linguistics and is fluent in five languages.
As a matter of fact, one of Tucker's songs in French was picked up for use in the video game, Saboteur, and that exposure caused it to be #1 on Spotify's download list. "When you kill enough Nazi's you gain entrance into a back room, where you hear my song playing," said Tucker. "Being part of that game has gotten me a lot of fans who have never even heard of jazz!"
The concert begins at 7 pm. Tickets are $15