In recent years Ottawa jazz guitarist Justin Duhaime has been specializing in performing – and promoting – what's called jazz manouche or gypsy jazz.

©Brett Delmage, 2018
Two young listeners at East Feast check out the awesomeness of Django Reinhardt's music being performed by Justin Duhaime (r) and Nabil Yaghi (l) ©Brett Delmage, 2017

Jazz manouche was first popularized by guitarist Django Reinhardt in the 1930s, in his Quintet of the Hot Club of France, in conjunction with violinist Stéphane Grappelli. Duhaime has been regularly performing this music in duos with fellow guitarist Nabil Yaghi, and in larger groups like Django Libre and his own groups with violinist William Lamoureux, as well as bringing masters of this style to perform in Ottawa concerts.

On May 29, Duhaime was recognized as the 2018 RBC Emerging Artist by the Ottawa Arts Council, the first musician to receive this award. It recognizes and encourages the achievements of Ottawa artists who are in the early stages of their career in the arts and are working towards becoming recognized professional artists, while engaging with the community.

After Duhaime received the award, he talked with OttawaJazzScene.ca about

  • how he became interested in jazz manouche and why it’s awesome
  • his broad musical interests
  • what he’s noticed about listeners hearing music
  • his award (of course), and
  • an unexpected issue he's had to deal with in naming his group


Listen to the complete interview with Justin Duhaime

The Justin Duhaime Quartet will present the music of Django Reinhardt at Irene's Pub on Saturday, July 21, starting about 9 p.m. The cover charge is $10. The quartet includes Duhaime on acoustic guitar, his longtime musical partner in the style, Nabil Yaghi on acoustic guitar, Keith Hartshorn-Walton on double bass (and possibly tuba), and featuring David Renaud on clarinet.

Irene's Pub is located in the Glebe, at 885 Bank Street, two blocks south of Fifth Avenue. Seating is limited so early arrival is recommended. OC Transpo routes 6 and 7 run on Bank Street immediately by the pub, and it's also easily accessible by bike.

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