photo courtesy M Camillo

As traditional gypsy acts in Europe often take the stage with several violins, Occidental Gypsy will feature two violins for their September 2019 performances, bringing a sound uniquely different from most American Gypsy Jazz bands.

Two strings hearkens the sounds of a small symphony, summoning to life the spirits of Occidental Gypsy’s original compositions which pay tribute to their heroes such as Paula May,  Messalina, and Rudolph Vrba — a man whose tremendous efforts in the face of darkness bring inspiration to all who hear his story.

Derek Pell has played with the renown Ray Price and John Jorgensen, and occasionally joins OG for special concerts.