The Island Gallery
100-106 Madison Avenue N,
Bainbridge Island, WA. 98110
Contact Susan Swannack-Nunn, Owner
May 23, 2008. For immediate release.
2008 SUMMER JAZZ SERIES AT THE ISLAND GALLERY
Jazz and Extraordinary Art
June 6th: Ranger and the Re-Arrangers
The Island Gallery continues its Summer Jazz Series with an evening of hot jazz on Friday, June 6th at 8:00 p.m. – in conjunction with Bainbridge Island’s First Friday Gallery Walk.
Ranger and the Re-Arrangers, Bainbridge Island’s own Gypsy Jazz band! Playing in the upbeat style created in the 1930s by Django Reinhardt and other European string players who embraced American jazz, fiddling phenomenon Ranger Sciacca fronts this sizzling hot fivesome of violin, mandolin, bass, percussion and rhythm guitar as they play their award-winning originals, swing standards, and traditional Gypsy tunes. Ranger’s creative, syncopated leads complement the band’s steady, swinging rhythms.
TICKET PRICE: $20 adults, $10 students/seniors
PLEASE NOTE: Seating is limited. Reservations are recommended.
Photo: Ranger Sciacca
LOCATION: The Island Gallery, 100-106 Madison Avenue N., Bainbridge Island, WA 98110
Ranger Sciacca’s performances and compositions reflect his extensive studies in classical, jazz, and folk music. His Suzuki teacher, Alice Kanack, publishes books and CDs on improvising classical music. Ranger also studied folk and dance music for seven years with renowned Seattle fiddler Stuart Williams. Ranger’s main influences include guitarist Django Reinhardt and jazz violin greats Stuff Smith, Claude Williams and Stephane Grappelli. From Bainbridge Island, Ranger is currently a student at Whitman College, where he has studied jazz theory and history.
Michael Sciacca, Ranger’s dad, has been his rhythm guitarist for 10 years; they have performed as a swing jazz duo since 2001.
Bassist Todd Houghton has had an extensive career in performing, teaching, and producing music. Todd is an advisor to Jack Straw Production’s Blind Youth Audio Project and has hosted an “open mic” on Bainbridge Island, Washington since 1993.
Percussionist Jeffrey Moose has a 30-year career in both music and fine art. His collaborations and band projects include work with Joined at the Head, Heliotroupe, Dog Superior, Stiff Kitty, Atoke, Zayah Emmanuel, and Sam Andrews, founder of Big Brother and the Holding Company. He is currently director of Jeffrey Moose Gallery in Seattle.
Mandolin player Dave Stewart is a classically-trained pianist.
AWARDS & HONORS: The band's debut CD has won several accolades and awards:
- Finalist, Independent Music Awards (2007), Best Song, World Traditional Category
- Winner, Global Rhythm Magazine Song Contest, Gypsy Moon (April 2007)
“Ranger Sciacca is a twenty-year-old gypsy jazz fiddle phenom from Bainbridge Island and he’s hitting the big time with both feet running.” Victory Music Review (Feb. 2007)
“A young talent with an old soul.” Bainbridge Review (May 2006)
June 21st, 7:30: The Geordie Kelly Jazz Quartet
July 19th, 7:30: The Geordie Kelly Jazz Quartet
August 30th, 7:30: Ranger and the Re-Arrangers