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This group is for flatpickers who enjoy Gypsy Jazz. Let's trade skills, advice, favorite CDs, and more.

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Comment by Marcy Marxer "Iona Martin" on September 16, 2008 at 8:33am
Hi Pickers! Welcome to The Hot Club of FGM! I first learned of Django R. and Gypsy Jazz from listening to Clarence and Roland White play Alabama Jubilee on the blue record. CW's second break is a direct quote from Django! Roland throws in some mighty tasty Gypsy licks on that cut, too!

Happy Pickin'

Marcy
Comment by VUE Laurent on September 26, 2008 at 10:28am
Hi Marcy, I'm french and know very well Django Reinhardt in the differente recording, my favorite era is 30' to 40. I'm Ok about Clarence White guitar style, listen Julius Finkbine's Rag or non-bluegrass tune Sheik of Araby with hot lick of the master Django.
About Django, he went to define the JAZZ avant-garde of his era. To me he's a legendery figure, great gypsy guitar player, very expressive...
Comment by Marcy Marxer "Iona Martin" on September 27, 2008 at 6:32am
Hi Vue,
Django is a legendary figure to me, too. I went to Samois this past summer to experience the festival and see the beautiful town. I also went to Paris which was wonderful. Next trip maybe you can advise me on where to find music in Paris.
One impression I had was that the Gypsy guitar players in France approach soloing very differently than Americans playing Gypsy Jazz, Jazz or Bluegrass. Do you have any wisdom or advice?
Comment by VUE Laurent on September 29, 2008 at 3:51am
With the difference between American and French, it is that the Gypsy Jazz is in our culture thanks to Django. Bireli Lagrene and Romane are extraordinary guitarists, their approach of the Jazz guitar is different from John Jorgenson. John reproduces the character of Django.
The music of Django is related of the same life style like you with the Bluegrass music.
The great difference in interpretation comes primarily from the difference between the French culture and American. Basically, I love American Gypsy Jazz guitar style.
Comment by Michael Gurzi on October 28, 2008 at 7:28am
All

Just an FYI - Robin Nolan has a feature in this months online Acoustic Guitar Magazine:http://www.acousticguitar.com/

Mike
Comment by Marcy Marxer "Iona Martin" on October 28, 2008 at 12:08pm
Thanks Mike!
Comment by Eric Preau on December 30, 2008 at 9:50am
Hi friends and Django lovers!
It's cool to see such a group here. In fact I always thought that it was "natural" for a flatpicker and a bluegrass freak to love gypsy jazz. You have so much similitudes beetween these two kinds of music. You need to have a strong and straight rythme in both style, and have great soloists.
Marcy? Did you remembered I talked to you in Samois, and asked you informations about your guitar case? Unfortunately we didn't had time to jam maybe next year?
I play rythme guitar in a Gypsy band : "The Choukar Swing" you can visit our Myspace at this adress: http://www.myspace.com/choukarswing
We played last year at the Swing 41 festival who is one the biggest swing festival in France.
Comment by Dave Bricker on January 23, 2009 at 11:21am
Lots of gypsy swing videos on my Facebook page at http://www.facebook.com/pages/Dave-Bricker/40839268745
Enjoy.

Any swing players in South Florida please get in touch.
Comment by Marcy Marxer "Iona Martin" on March 26, 2009 at 8:37pm
Thanks Dave! Great work!
Hi Eric, I hope we do get to jam! Samois was such a great experience. I'll check out your myspace.
Comment by Thomas Wakefield on August 13, 2009 at 10:51am
Greetings and Sastipe (good health/good luck) to all! I'm looking forward to sharing thoughts and discourse on jazz manouche with this group!

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