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#2324909 - 09/07/14 12:10 AM Gypsy Jazz?
Elssa Offline
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Hi all,

Just wondering if anyone is familiar with the Gypsy Jazz style of playing. A local group just started up, though I really don't know what it is exactly. Out of about 40 members so far, I seem to be the only piano player there signed up. Oh, well.. sounds like fun. smile


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#2324998 - 09/07/14 10:27 AM Re: Gypsy Jazz? [Re: Elssa]
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Maybe like this ….



Doesn’t usually have piano but no reason why it couldn’t
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#2325167 - 09/07/14 08:57 PM Re: Gypsy Jazz? [Re: beeboss]
Elssa Offline
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Thanks, beeboss. smile I'm learning that Gypsy Jazz is usually played in a minor key (Minor Swing).

Wonder if the group would want to play something like this - one of my favorites:

Two Guitars (Russian Gypsy Folk Song)


Edited by Elssa (09/07/14 08:59 PM)

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#2325249 - 09/08/14 04:04 AM Re: Gypsy Jazz? [Re: Elssa]
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Or maybe this ...

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#2325267 - 09/08/14 07:04 AM Re: Gypsy Jazz? [Re: Elssa]
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Elyssa,

To add to what Beeboss has posted, here's a Django Rheinhardt documentary.

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=bfNfseyQsPw

DR's the first and last word in the style. So anything you find out about him is going to lead to stuff worth knowing.

Here's a group one of my former students leads.

http://www.redrockhotclub.com/

He's based in Maine (now). The website has videos so you can hear how they approach things.

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#2325888 - 09/10/14 12:54 AM Re: Gypsy Jazz? [Re: Mark Polishook]
Elssa Offline
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Thanks for the links. smile Unfortunately, I couldn't access the first one.

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#2325925 - 09/10/14 05:12 AM Re: Gypsy Jazz? [Re: Elssa]
Mark Polishook Offline
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Originally Posted By: Elssa
Thanks for the links. smile Unfortunately, I couldn't access the first one.


Yikes! It was there yesterday when I posted it. When I click today it says the poster removed it. In any case info about Django Rheinhardt will lead to good places. Google 'django rheinhardt documentary' and a ton of interesting stuff's going to come up. Pick and choose what looks good ....

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#2325998 - 09/10/14 11:21 AM Re: Gypsy Jazz? [Re: Elssa]
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If you live in/near large metro area, chances are there's a local group playing this. for example in my area (the Bay Area) there is a group called Gypsy Tribe who play every week at local bars/restaurants and such. This type of music tends to focus on guitar (as you would imagine) but the keyboardist in the group uses a 70s electric piano/electric organ sound - using basic jazz chords (nothing far out) and for her solos she chooses either a minor blues scale or running up and down the diatonic scale - and this fits in well with the music.
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#2326624 - 09/12/14 01:01 AM Re: Gypsy Jazz? [Re: Michael Martinez]
Elssa Offline
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That's interesting..The organizer, Tara, plays guitar and mandolin, and most of the people who signed up play guitar. Well, I can play some jazz chords, blues scales, etc., on keyboard. I'm really not looking to solo much at all - just want to contribute a little to the group and have fun with it while I'm learning the style. She said she wanted it to be mainly an acoustic group but guess she/they won't mind if I bring along my little Yamaha (there's no acoustic piano in the restaurant).

I really like this one:

Honeysuckle Rose



Thanks again, all smile

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#2326961 - 09/12/14 11:35 PM Re: Gypsy Jazz? [Re: Elssa]
Elssa Offline
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Here's another favorite: smile

All of Me


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#2328269 - Yesterday at 11:58 PM Re: Gypsy Jazz? [Re: Elssa]
Elssa Offline
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I never realized he played so many great old standards: smile

Django Fakebook

http://www.gypsyguitar.de/downloads/gg-downloads/fakebook_django_2008.pdf



Edited by Elssa (Today at 12:01 AM)

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