Gypsy Jazz: In Search of Django Reinhardt and the Soul of Gypsy Swing

Gypsy Jazz In Search of Django Reinhardt and the Soul of Gypsy Swing Of all the styles of jazz to emerge in the twentieth century none is passionate exhilaratingly up tempo or steeped in an outsider tradition than Gypsy Jazz And there is no one qualified to write ab

Of all the styles of jazz to emerge in the twentieth century, none is passionate, exhilaratingly up tempo, or steeped in an outsider tradition than Gypsy Jazz And there is no one qualified to write about Gypsy Jazz than Michael Dregni, author of the acclaimed biography, Django A vagabond music, Gypsy Jazz is played today in French Gypsy bars, Romany eOf all the styles of jazz to emerge in the twentieth century, none is passionate, exhilaratingly up tempo, or steeped in an outsider tradition than Gypsy Jazz And there is no one qualified to write about Gypsy Jazz than Michael Dregni, author of the acclaimed biography, Django A vagabond music, Gypsy Jazz is played today in French Gypsy bars, Romany encampments, on religious pilgrimages and increasingly on the world s greatest concert stages Yet its story has never been told, in part because much of its history is undocumented, either in written form or often even in recorded music Beginning with Django Reinhardt, whose dazzling Gypsy Jazz became the toast of 1930s Paris in the heady days of Josephine Baker, Picasso, and Hemingway, Dregni follows the music as it courses through caravans on the edge of Paris, where today s young French Gypsies learn Gypsy Jazz as a rite of passage, along the Gypsy pilgrimage route to Les Saintes Maries de la Mer where the Romany play around their campfires, and finally to the new era of international Gypsy stars such as Bireli Lagrene, Boulou Ferre, Dorado Schmitt, and Django s own grandchildren, David Reinhardt and Dallas Baumgartner Interspersed with Dregni s vivid narrative are the words of the musicians themselves, many of whom have never been interviewed for the American press before, as they describe what the music means to them Gypsy Jazz also includes a chapter devoted entirely to Am

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  1. After his definitive biography of guitar genius Django Reinhardt, Michael Dregni explores the influences Reinhardt had on subsequent generations of musicians and on the culture of his people Bringing the same cultural understanding, musical knowledge, and attention to detail he brings to light the music and careers of such luminaries as Baro, Matelot, and Sarane Ferret, Tchan Tchou, Bosquet, Lousson, Babik and David Reinhardt, Henri Crolla, the Rosenbergs, Birelli Lagrene, Tchavolo Schmidt, Ange [...]


  2. If you re into Gypsy Jazz then this is a good book for you The first half follows the origins along with a bio of Django The second half looks at some of Django s contemporaries and then follows the music up until the present 2006ish via other proponents Along the way you get a small taste of Gypsy life and the seedy cafes and bars where their music was played.


  3. Michael Dregni has written an exhaustive history of what he terms gypsy jazz from its origins in the early 20th century in the bals de musette, focusing mostly on Django Reinhardt and his contemporaries and descendants.Although I ve listened to Reinhardt s music most of my life I knew little about him before reading this book and it turns out that the readily available recordings only scratch the surface of Reinhardt s work.As many Romani gypsy musicians do, Django started playing when he was ve [...]


  4. Great book on gypsy jazz I advise reading it with YouTube open The music is wonderful This book is also a good travelogue of Paris.



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