"S.F. Jazz Festival: 10 shows you need to see"

Gaucho: It's fair to call guitarist Dave Ricketts' Gaucho a Gypsy jazz band, but the Bay Area combo has always drawn on a far wider palette of influences than just Django Reinhardt's classic Manouche swing recordings with violinist Stephane Grappelli. It is particularly influenced by early New Orleans jazz. Performing as a sleek quartet, this incarnation of Gaucho features bassist Ari Munkres, percussionist Steve Apple and Rob Reich on accordion, a formidable bandleader and composer in his own right.

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Deanna Lares