Sunday, August 17, 2008

Gypsy Swing

Next weekend I'll be at the Fifth-annual Gypsy Swing Festival in the Madison-area Art barn. The patron saint of Gypsy Jazz is its inventor, Django Reinhardt (1910-1953), a gypsy guitarist born in Belgium who grew up in Paris playing the "musette" style of the day before he discovered American jazz through a Louis Armstrong record. Reinhardt joined forces in the 1930s with French jazz violinist extraordinaire Stephane Grappelli with the "Quintette of the Hot Club of France," creating a popular new style in the process. Today this style is still popular in Europe, and the most known are The Rosenberg Trio, and my favorite Jimmy Rosenberg.

We are lucky here in Madison, WI to have this Gypsy Swing Festival. You can find more celebration of Django's music at
Every year at the Birdland in New York there is Django Festival CD on the left was recorded 2000 and on the most tracks you can find Jimmy Rosenberg.
Click here for more clips from past years DjangoBirdlandFest

If you plan to spend next summer in France you must find time in June to attend that is going on since 1968 in Samois Sur Siene. Here is 20 minutes video from 2006 festival.

Django Reinhardt Festival Samois 2007
Django Reinhardt Festival Samois 2008
Gypsy Jazz Guitars
Gypsy Swing Teachers
Gypsy Swing Artists around the world
Hot Club Internet Radio
Gypsy Jazz Encyclopedia Encyclopedia
How to play Django style
Listen to Gypsy Swing samples, buy MP3 or order CD.