Gypsy Jazz Castle Concert

Terri Foster (from left), Steve Kelly, Ed Sullivan and Kevin Rush will perform gypsy jazz on Saturday, March 14, at 7 p.m., in the Concerts at the Castle series that benefits restoration of the historic Givins Castle. For more information or reservations, call (773) 466-9339 or visit the website at

Gypsy jazz will be the feature of the next installment of the Concerts at the Castle series.

The concert will be performed on Saturday, March 14, at 7 p.m., at the historic Givins Castle, 10244 S. Longwood Dr.

Proceeds from the concert will benefit the restoration of the landmark that was built in 1886-87.

Gypsy jazz includes hot swing jazz of the early 1940s, and it was started by the Romani guitarist Django Reinhardt in and around Paris, France, in the 1930s. Famous for the “gypsy chord,” this style of jazz incorporates a minor sixth chord among the improvisations.

Reinhardt was from the Manouche Roma clan, so the music style is often called by the French name, “jazz manouche.”

Four outstanding musicians will play popular hot swing tunes including “Honey Suckle Rose” and “Caravan.”

Guitarist Kevin Rush majored in classical guitar performance at Roosevelt University in Chicago and began playing hot swing 20 years ago.

Guitarist Steve Kelly and clarinetist Terri Foster both entered the Chicago Django scene through classes at The Old Town School of Folk Music and the Django in June festival held annually in North Hampton, Mass. Kelly has performed at the Django festival in Samois, France.

Bass player Ed Sullivan joined the U.S. Army Band as a musical ambassador and toured Europe, Southeast Asia and the U.S. He retired in 2000 and continues to study and perform music in the Chicago area.

Doors for the concert will open 6:30 p.m., with the program beginning at 7 p.m.

A $27.50 donation is suggested. Wine, cheese and other refreshments will be provided at intermission.

For more information or reservations, call (773) 466-9339 or visit the website at