Seattle Gypsy jazz band Ranger and the “Re-Arrangers” evoke the spirit of a Paris cafe and the raucous energy of a Gypsy campsite with their version of Gypsy jazz. “At the heart of their sound is Ranger Sciacca's sweet violin playing… his sense of melody and daring improvisations” (World Rhythm). The band’s repertoire includes swing standards, traditional Gypsy melodies, the music of Django Reinhardt, and Ranger's unique originals.
Past Performances have included: Seattle Art Museum, Edmonds Concerts in the Park, the Burke Museum, Best of the Northwest Arts Festival, Vin du Lac Winery, Djangofest Northwest, Pender Harbour Jazz Festival, and Ethnic Fest Tacoma.
Price Range: $450-950
Gig Length: 45 - 180 minutes
Languages: English, Spanish
What to Expect
We perform in an intimate setting as an acoustic duo or violin and guitar, add bass and provide background music for any size event, or bring a 4-5 piece band and be the main attraction.
We can keep it all instrumental, or mix in some vocals, as you prefer.
Ranger and the “Re-Arrangers” evoke the spirit of a Paris cafe and the raucous energy of a Gypsy campsite with their version of Gypsy jazz. “At the heart of their sound is Ranger Sciacca's sweet violin playing… his sense of melody and daring improvisations” (World Rhythm). The band’s repertoire includes swing standards, traditional Gypsy melodies, the music of Django Reinhardt, and Ranger's unique originals.
THE BAND Ranger and his father Michael formed the band in 2006, after a pilgrimage to the world’s foremost Gypsy Jazz event, the Django Reinhardt festival in Samois Sur Seine, France. The band has now released 4 CDs and performs over 100 times each year at music festivals, concerts in the park, swing dances, weddings and events of all sorts.
Past Shows have included: Edmonds Concert in the Park, Seattle Art Museum, Djangofest Northwest, Best of the Northwest Arts Festival, Highline Classic Jazz Festival, Ethnic Fest Tacoma, and Vin du Lac Winery (Chelan)
Violin -- RANGER SCIACCA began playing violin at the age of six. He divided his studies between old-time fiddle and classical violin until a chance encounter with a CD of violin jazz ignited Ranger’s interest in the music of Joe Venuti, Stuff Smith, Stephane Grappelli and Django Reinhardt. Ranger’s playing draws from all the genres he has studied, and, according to one reviewer, “features frantic staccato runs and an overall sense of tone that reveals many shades and moods.”
Mandolin -- DAVE STEWART performs on the 5 string electric mandolin, tenor guitar, and traditional mandolin. He's also a tremendous vocalist, lending his silky-smooth voice to swing standards!
Bass -- MICK NICHOLSON played for 11 years with the US Navy Band in Washington, D.C. He has toured extensively throughout the world, and has performed for three sitting presidents and countless heads of state.
Percussion -- JEFFREY MOOSE Born in Mexico and raised in West Africa, Jeffrey Moose is loved by fans for his creative, high-energy percussion and playful vocal performances. He is the director of the Jeffrey Moose Gallery in Seattle, WA.
Rhythm Guitar -- MIKE SCIACCA is Ranger's father, and has been backing up Ranger on guitar for over 15 years. Ranger and Mike are descended from Sicilian immigrants, who played jazz in New York at the start of the 20th century.
THE GENRE "Gypsy jazz," is named in honor of Django Reinhardt, Europe's acclaimed composer and guitarist. In the 1930’s, Django and violinist Stephane Grappelli blended their own musical legacies with the new American art form of jazz, Soon their recordings brought international fame to the genre. Gypsy jazz is characterized by upbeat, high energy swing on acoustic instruments, especially guitar, violin, bass, clarinet, and accordion.
AWARDS & HONORS:
2007 & 2010: Finalist for Best World Traditional Song, Independent Music Awards
2011 & 2016: Performed at Djangofest Northwest, North America’s foremost gypsy jazz festival
Additional Booking Notes
We can provide all sound equipment, or are happy to provide a stage plot for your technicians.
Upcoming Booked Events
|December 31, 2018 • 7:00pm - 8:00pm||Retirement Community Event|
Loosely divided by song type:
Exactly Like You
Don’t Get Around Much Anymore
All of Me
I’ll See You in My Dreams
After You’ve Gone
I Can’t Give You Anything But Love
It Had to be You
Waiting for a Name
On the Sunny Side of the Street
Bye Bye Blackbird
La Vie En Rose
I’m Confessin that I Love You
I’m in Love
What Are You Doing New Years Eve?
There Will Never Be Another You
Lady Be Good
Swing for Mike
La Rive Gauche
I Wonder Where My Baby is Tonight
Take Me Out to the Ballgame
Ma Premiere Guitare
Bei Mir Bist Du Schoen
Doin the Uptown Lowdown
I’ve Found a New Baby
Paris Sous La Pluie
Souvenirs De Nos Peres
Walk Don’t Run
Manhã de Carnaval
Receita De Samba
Nao Me Toques
Valse des Niglos
Under Paris Skies
Musette for Monica
Waltz for Wynne
Autumn in Paris
Si Bheag, Si Mhor
Seul Ce Soir
Si Tu Savais
Clair De Lune
Manoir De Mes Reves
Influences & Inspiration
Django Reinhardt, Stephane Grappelli, David Grisman
electric power if amplification is desired
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