Duved Dunayevsky will likely be a new name to many this year, as he was to me until very recently. Thanks to our talent scouts cruising the planet and reporting back via the DjangoBooks forum, you’ll have the opportunity this year to work with an emerging artist whose “voice” is clearly his own, and yet strikingly reminiscent of Django Reinhardt’s.
Born in Israel and largely self taught, Duved spent his teens playing jazz fusion with a special focus on the work of John Scofield. He knew of Bireli Lagrene back then, he says, but only through Bireli’s work with Jaco Pastorius. After discovering Django’s music Duved dedicated himself completely to it. Along the way he has garnered a reputation for his remarkable ability to channel “that sound” loved by Django fans and sought by students of the style.
In 2015 he received a visa of “Talent and Competence” from the French government and moved to Paris where he formed Duved‘s Hot Five, an ensemble that captures the sound and feel of the original Quintette du Hot Club de France as well as I’ve heard it done:
Another equally interesting—and even more ambitious—project of his is Duved’s Pre-Bop Orchestre, a band of ten musicians playing original compositions influenced by swing and classical music. Check it:
We’re excited to have Duved in the mix this year and he has made clear in his correspondence with me that he’s just as eager to share his music, passion and insights with you.