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String Theory Manouche is, from left, Marla Sporrer, Mike Menikos, James Miller and Kim Platko. The Dallas gypsy jazz band pays tribute to Django Reinhardt, and the hot jazz guitar techniques he pioneered. The band plays at Sweetwater Grill & Tavern patio on Sunday night.

Jazz quartet evokes the bittersweet seduction of Django Reinhardt

There’s more art than science in String Theory Manouche.

The Dallas-Fort Worth gypsy jazz outfit will take Sweetwater Grill & Tavern diners and drinkers back to a smokey corner or a Parisian bar on Sunday night.

The four-piece is dedicated to the gypsy jazz of Django Reinhardt, with its hot jazz guitar picking and sashaying tempos. And with “Manouche” in the name a hat tip to Reinhardt’s descent from Manouche Romanis.

Led by guitarist Kim Platko, a former University of North Texas One O’clock Lab Band member, String Theory Manouche includes upright bass player Marla Sporrer, guitarist James Miller and violinist Mike Menikos. The quartet can treat “It Don’t Mean A Thing” with acoustic intimacy, swinging without over playing. Just as easily, String Theory can turn out the dark music of the French Gypsies, the same dark, doleful stuff that Serge Gainesbourg inherited and wove into French folk-pop.

The band performs at 7 p.m. Sunday on the patio at Sweetwater, located at 115 S. Elm St. There’s no cover charge for the music, but patrons can enjoy dinner or drinks on the patio and show their appreciation for the band through tips.

— Lucinda Breeding

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