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Links and Information:

The World-Wide Web has been our Virtual Village in the Gypsy Jazz community. We've made many friends here and we've learned much from them.

The following links are far from a comprehensive list of Gypsy jazz internet resources. However, by linking to them, and linking from there to other links, you will find a great abundance of information. Rather than re-inventing the wheel and listing all the Gypsy jazz sites, we thought we’d give you some tools to start your own virtual version of what the Gypsies call “Latcho Drom", or the Good Journey. Here are some ideas to consider during your travels:

-- Join the Gypsy Jazz Guitar Group, the new Djangobooks Forum and the forum on Django Reinhardt Swing Page. They're great ways to get involved with the Django scene. (See websites below).

-- Don’t be daunted by the French and non-English sites. By using Google Language tool (or a similar translator) www.google.com/language_tools, you can translate entire pages into understandable, if somewhat strange, English.

-- The Gadjo Drom page www.gadjodrom.com has a great collection of chord charts to more than 100 Gypsy jazz standards! The charts can be found under the link “grilles”. They may look different from chord charts you are use to, but soon you'll be chomping your way through these great tunes. There's also great Gypsy guitar tuner on the page!

-- Consider purchasing at least one Gypsy jazz songbook and play-along CD from www.robinnolantrio.com. Volume 1 is a good place to start. It will teach you proper chord shapes as well as provide you with play-along backup tracks to numerous traditional Gypsy jazz songs. These books are great for jam sessions.

-- Don’t forget E-bay www.ebay.com. It can be a great serendipitous source for Gypsy jazz guitars, material, CDs, and records

-- The Django Reinhardt Swing Page “Searchers Page” offers a nice listing of worldwide guitar players looking for other local players.

-- If you’re looking for a place to get started, why not check out Djangology www.djangology.net? It is a great up-to-date adventure of a guitarist’s personal journey to learn the Gypsy jazz style, and offers may great tips and added links.

-- Here are some final tips for you: The types of strings, picks, and guitars affect the sound of this music. Playing gypsy jazz guitar may also require you to relearn your right-hand technique and rethink how to play chords and solos. ALL this information can be found somewhere in these links. If you really wish to play Gypsy jazz, it’s worth the adventure and search. Keep in mind, however, as Steve Royall from the Django Reinhardt Swing Page cleverly notes, “The first thirty years are the hardest.”

 

Resources (Learn to play like Django!)

Gypsy Jazz Chat Groups and Web Sites:

--Djangobooks Forum (Newest USA site): www.djangobooks.com

-- Gypsy Jazz Guitar Group (USA): www.groups.yahoo.com/group/gypsyjazzguitar

--Gypsy Jazz Technique and Equipment (USA): www.gypsyjazztechniqueand equipment

-- Django Reinhardt Swing Page (England): www.hotclub.co.uk

-- Django Reinhardt Documentation Center: www.djangomontreal.com

-- Djangology (USA): www.djangology.net

-- Gadjo Drom (French): www.gadjodrom.com

 

Bits and Pieces:

-- Jacques Mazzoleni’s Gypsy Guitars: www.gypsyguitars.com. A great place to find a Gypsy jazz guitar and accessories.

-- Wegen Picks: www.wegenpicks.com. Many players -- including Mango fan Django -- prefer Wegen picks for Gyspy jazz. Dugains are another popular brand.

Michel Wegen (above), great Dutch pick-master with Mango fan Django's Virtual Tourist CD

-- Some great current makers of Gypsy jazz guitars (there are many, many more...): Dell'Arte, Shelley D. Park, Maurice Dupont, J. Castelluccia, John Le Voi, David Hodson, Rob Ayward, Jean-Pierre Favino, Phillipe Moneret / Atelier Gerome, Michael Dunn, Anastasio, Joseph Di Mauro, Alain Mazaud Klaus Roder, Killy Nonis and Leo Eimers.

--Some great past makers of Gypsy jazz guitars: Selmer / Maccaferri, Jacques Favino, Antoine Di Mauro, A. Carbonel Gerome and Busato.

-- Some makers of lower-priced Gypsy jazz guitars: Saga, Patonette, Woodland, Tamara. You can find information about these builders by checking the above listed websites.

-- Gypsy jazz CDs can be obtained from Buffalo Bros. Guitars, FNAC (French music chain), the Django Reinhardt Swing Page, Gypsy Jazz Distribution (i.e., Dell'Arte Guitars) and the various artists themselves. Individual sites of particular note include: the Rosenberg Trio www.therosenbergtrio.eu, and the Robin Nolan Trio www.robinnolan.com.

-- Gypsy jazz tutorial, books and CDs are available from various sources and the list keeps growing every day! Some include, Robin Nolan Trio www.robinnolan.com, Django books www.djangobooks.com, Colin Cosimini (his books are also available at djangobooks.com) www.cosimini.co.uk, John Jorgenson www.flatpickingmercantile.com, Stephane Wrembel www.melbay.com, and the Django Reinhardt Swing Page www.hotclub.co.uk where you can find the English language version of Angelo DeBarre's Secrets of Gypsy Guitar as well as other great tutorial books.

A book deserving special mention is Michael Dregni's excellent 2004 work entitled "Django: The Life and Music of a Gypsy Legend". This is the first time a major work on Django Reinhardt has been written in forty years, and in my opinion this is the best book ever written about Django. You can get a copy from www.amazon.com or your favorite book retailer.

-- There are many Gypsy jazz events around the world. The mother of all Gyspy jazz events is held the last weekend of June at Samois sur Seine, south of Paris, France. Other important events include mid-July’s L’espirt Manouche in Moseley Private Park, UK, and early October’s Djangofest N.W. in Whidbey Island, Washington, USA. Check the Django Reinhardt Swing Page’s Events section for other shows.

-- Samois sur Seine

-- L’espirt Manouche www.lespritmanouche.com

-- Djangofest N.W. www.djangofest.com

Note: Djangofest is now extending to other areas such as Djangofest N.E., Djangofest S.F., Djangofest L.A., Djangofest Colorado, and Django Festival New Mexico. Keep your ears open. They may be coming to an area near you!