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Jazz: World Fusion Moods: Type: Instrumental Jazz: Gypsy Jazz

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United States - United States

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Avatar Ensemble

The Avatar Ensemble, led by guitarist Doug Martin, was formed in early 2009 after Doug’s return and relocation back from Shanghai, China and various international tours with gypsy guitarist Lulo Reinhardt.

The band performs a variety of high energy gypsy swing in the tradition of Django Reinhardt as well as hot Latin grooves and fiery gypsy waltzes. Rather than simply cover familiar hits of Django’s era, Avatar Ensemble takes the tradition a step further by performing lesser heard gems of the genre and original material while at the same time implementing elements from other musical traditions of Europe, East Asia, South America and American Jazz.

Since the band’s inception in the early part of this year the group has performed throughout the greater Bay Area including acting as one of the headlining acts at Djangofest Mill Valley in June 2009.

Avatar Ensemble is:

Doug Martin: lead guitar
Jason Vanderford: rhythm guitar
Dan Magay: sax/clarinet
Annie Staninec: violin
Nick Underwood: bass