Jazz quartet set next month at Harlequin

Violinst Carolyn Dutton acknowledged in a Republic interview a few years ago that musical group Bleu Django’s moniker can be confusing for some people.

“They often give us a strange look when they first hear the name,” Dutton said, speaking by phone from her Brown County home about the quartet she performs with. “But when they actually show up and listen, they definitely love the energy. They like the fact that it’s so upbeat.”

Dutton promises that such upbeat energy will take center stage when Bleu Django (pronounced jang-o) plays in a 100-seat, cabaret-style setting at 7:30 p.m. Sept. 25 at Columbus’ Harlequin Theatre in FairOaks Mall on 25th Street. Part of the band’s name is a tribute to Django Reinhardt. He was the pioneering Belgian jazz guitarist who, in the 1930s, developed the European gypsy jazz style marked in part by an acoustic guitar taking the place of percussion.

Besides Dutton, Bleu Django consists of Bob Foster on rhythm guitar, lead guitarist Daryl Jones and bassist Hunt Wiley.

Tickets are $15 in advance at the mall or $20 at the door. A cash bar will be available.

Information: 812-343-4597 or harlequintheatre.com.

Author photo
Brian Blair is a reporter for The Republic. He can be reached at bblair@therepublic.com or 812-379-5672.