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March 13, 2013

Exposing Duncan to gypsy jazz

DUNCAN —  

Get your dancing shoes shined and ready Duncan, because you’re in for a toe-tapping, swinging time when The Texas Gypsies come to town this weekend.
There’s no doubt some gypsy magic is at work when the Dallas-Fort Worth based band turns out their unique blend of Django Reinhardt’s gypsy jazz, Bob Wills’ western swing, as well as almost anything in between. Chisholm Trail Arts Council presents the fourth act of its annual CTAC Live concert series at 7:30 p.m. Friday in the Simmons Center Chisholm Trail Hall.
Hosting the event, which is sponsored by Duncan Bank of Commerce, in the big ballroom instead of the theater, offers the crowd plenty of room to kick up their heels. Though the concert is open to all ages, there will be an adults-only beer garden. All CTAC members will receive one free drink ticket.
Each member of The Texas Gypsies have an impressive résumé and only fate could be credited for bringing them together. Steve Curry, guitar and vocals, is an accomplished artist who has toured or recorded with The Jacksons and Jeff Buckley and his guitar skills can be heard on several television and film tracks for Disney, Fox and more. 
Curry said starting a band wasn’t part of the plans when he and a few others interested in “gypsy jazz,” or “hot jazz” as it’s called now, began playing together in 2003. They now play an average of 150 shows a year across the nation.
“We just started out jamming together and it was fun, so we kept doing it,” he said. “We first started playing shows in 2004 and it just took off. We’re different than anything else out there.”
Though they started off being influenced by 1930s jazz and western swing, the award-winning band has added more styles of music into their sets. However, jazz and western swing are still the base sounds for most of their music because of how well they mix together.

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