Get to Know Ranger

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"Hot Club Swing" is named after the Quintet of the Hot Club of France. In the 1930's guitarist Django Reinhardt and violinist Stephane Grappelli blended their own musical legacies with the new American art form of jazz. Their recordings soon brought international fame to the new genre. Hot Club Swing is characterized by upbeat, high-energy swing on acoustic instruments, especially guitar, violin, bass, clarinet, and accordion. 
We’re not the only folks who love this group!
2007 & 2010: Finalist--Best World Traditional Song, Independent Music Awards
2011 & 2016: Performed at Djangofest Northwest, North America’s premier Hot Club festival 

"Inescapably hum-able and a toe-tap-ful." (Zach Hudson - Victory Music Review) 

“At the heart of their sound is Ranger Sciacca's sweet violin playing… his sense of melody and daring improvisations”. (World Rhythm Webzine) 
“So much rhythm from the strings--it's almost hard to imagine until it happens!” (Baker Stocking)

Innovative Jazz... a spiced up rhythm section that brings a syncopated slant to Django's great music. (Eddie Williams - Full Circuit Sound) 
"Ranger And The Re-Arrangers deliver guitar work so sharp it cuts in an ensemble as tight as piano wire. The marriage of violin and guitar here is exquisite." (Wildy's World CD Review) 
Ranger’s playing “features frantic staccato runs, pizzicato plucking that keeps one on the edge and an overall sense of tone that reveals many shades and moods.” (World Rhythm Webzine) 
"(Ranger) plays it like the old kings of swing jazz did." (Alex Young - Consequence of Sound) 

“Impressive because not many people can play a fiddle so well, and comforting because it’s nice to know that there’s a community of musicians keeping an old, storied genre alive.” (Alex Young - Consequence of Sound) 

Ranger Sciacca  - Violin 
Dave Stewart - Mandolin and Vocals 
Jeffrey Moose - Percussion and Vocals 
Mike Sciacca - Rhythm Guitar 
Mick Nicholson - Bass  
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