539 E. Main, Bozeman MT 59715    (406) 587-4761          Mon-Sat: 10am-6pm, Sun: 12pm-5pm

Montana Manouche Gypsy Jazz Band

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Montana Manouche Gypsy Jazz Band

Montana Manouche began gigging in 2012.  In spring of 2015, the band recorded a six-song CD.  Our repertoire focuses on the tunes recorded by Django Reinhardt, Stephane Grappelli, and the Hot Club of France.  This music was very popular in the 1930s, especially in Europe, and has enjoyed a worldwide resurgence in recent years.  

We have performed at concerts, weddings, private events, fundraisers, restaurants and coffee houses.  


"Thank you so much for your amazing musical performance at our wedding!  It was so special to have you guys there with us & you sounded so WONDERFUL!" 

"A huge thank you to you and the band for making our day even more unforgettable. The music was amazing and we had so many compliments."

"Montana Manouche played to a standing-room-only crowd at the Library, who were there not only to learn more about the talented Django Reinhardt but to hear the superb musicianship of the group. . . beautiful violin, gypsy jazz guitars, stand-up bass, and tap-your-feet singing. Toddlers, students, jazz fans, seniors, and fellow musicians all enjoyed a night of great gypsy jazz music. How lucky we are to have Montana Manouche in Bozeman!"

"My wife and I organized a French-themed summer party and invited lots of good friends.  We had heard Montana Manouche play in town and invited them to play for our party.  This was a great move.  The music was spectacular and provided a fantastic background to the event.  All our guests were very impressed and pleasantly entertained with their wonderful music.  This is a great group that would make Django Reinhardt proud.  We are lucky to have such a great group here in Montana."

Here's our CD review from the Winter issue of the Lively Times "State of the Arts" newsletter:  "This Bozeman-Livingston-area band plays Gypsy jazz, and from the outset this self-titled album jumps.  The musicians are long-time pickers and accomplished alums of many musical endeavors who have been together of several years.  Nancy and Ray Padilla (violin and rhythm guitar respectively) are joined by Dave Sullivan, lead guitar, Jerry Linn, upright bass and vocals, and Ann Dickensheets, vocals.  Together, they offer tons of tight instrumental work to complement Dickensheet's trilly soprano, luring us onto the dance floor.  Because this type of jazz started mostly in France, it was called "manouche jazz" or "jazz manouche."  It zeroes in on the repertoire of famed Gypsy guitarist Django Reinhardt and French jazz violinist Stéphane Grappelli, who together formed the popular Hot Club of France in the '30s.  These Montana purveyors of the genre know how to play it, too.  Sullivan says he loves playing Gypsy jazz because of its "honestly, European flavor and upbeat tempo."  And - wait - there's no drummer!  Not necessary, folks.  Linn and Ray Padilla marshal the meter just fine, thank you.  Ray utilizes that certain guitar strum, or "la pompe." that is endemic to Gypsy jazz, making it swing."

"Montana Manouche played for a crowded loud party and worked so well with the situation. People loved the music. It was perfect for a group that spanned 20s to 80s in age. Great musicians and very professional!"

"We had a fantastic turnout for Montana Manouche outside on the lawn at the Library on a lovely summer evening.  And it's no wonder; their music is enjoyable for all ages with its feel good, toe-tapping, sophisticated, yet fun for all, sound!  They are a pleasure to watch and Ann Dickensheets is a pleasure to hear!"