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Gypsy-Jazz

There are so many different kinds of Jazz and not all people like Jazz because they do often belive that Jazz is just a bunch of notes or atonal humping around. The "Jazz-Manouche", also known as Gypsy- or Sintijazz (some guys in germany called it also "Zigeunerjazz" before, which is considered an abusive word today) yet is something else.

cover django reinhardtJazz-Manouche started in the early 1920ies in the area of Paris/France. See also the Gypsyjazz-History.

In that time young musicians like Django Reinhardt, Stephane Grapelli, Louis Vola, Joseph Reinhardt or Marcel Bianci came together and founded, initiated by Charles Delauney a great french Jazzfan and Mentor, the Band "Quintette du Hot Club de France".

This Formation played the actual Swing-Jazz-music of that time not on brass or blowing-intruments (unlike in that time Jazz was mainly plaed by saxophones, trupets or clarinets), but for the first time played it on their own instruments: a violin, guitars and double-bass. Therefor this music became know also as "String-Jazz",  Jazz that was beeing played on Stringed-Instruments. Later on there were also some setups of the Quintette du Hot Club de France which was hooked up with clarinette or Saxophon.

The "Quintette du Hot Club de France" has become worldfamous, way far over the borders of France, last but not least because of the musical genius of the young Django Reinhardt who was one of the first in the world to establish the guitar as a solo-instrument as one of the first players. With his incredible virtuosity, passion and verve, he was pushing the success of the Hotclub de France worldwide beyond any limits.
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Even until today the godfather of european Jazz is influencing noumerous Guitarrists worldwide. Many generations of guitar-players named and still name Django Reinhardt as their great source of inspiration.

Amongst his admirers are such illustral and different famous Jazz- and Rock-legends like:

Charly Christian, Barney Kessel, Les Paul, Chet Atkins, John McLaughlin, Carlos Santana, Eric Clapton, Gary Moore, Wes Montgomery, Joe Pass, Romane und natürlich auch viele der heutigen Sintigitarristen wie Stochelo Rosenberg, Bireli Lagrene, Dorado Schmitt, Tschavolo Schmitt, David and Noe Reinhardt as many, many others more.

So Django Reinhardts´s legacy is still living on until today within a pretty active music-scene.


Noch heute beeinflusst dieser Vater des europäischen Jazz unzählige Gitarristen weltweit. Viele Generationen von Gitarristen nannten und bezeichnen Django Reinhardt auch heute noch als ihre Inspirationsquelle.

Unter seinen Bewunderern sind solch illustere und unterschiedliche berühmte Jazz- und Rock-Gitarristen zu finden wie:

Charly Christian, Barney Kessel, Les Paul, Chet Atkins, John McLaughlin, Carlos Santana, Eric Clapton, Gary Moore, Wes Montgomery, Joe Pass, Romane und natürlich auch viele der heutigen Sintigitarristen wie Stochelo Rosenberg, Bireli Lagrene, Dorado Schmitt, Tschavolo Schmitt, David und Noe Reinhardt und viele, viele andere mehr.

When i listened to a record of "Django Reinhardt & le Quintette du Hotclub de France" in the 1980ies i was immediately fascinated by the Virtuosity, fun and the geniousity of playing of this great guitarrist, that played stuff i didnt even know that it was him who invented all this.

Meine erste Schallplatte von Django ReinhardtFrom that day on  i dedicated myself to this music  and it never really let me go.
Beginningof the early 2000, after a long musical journey thruogh many other styles i returned to this music and finally dedicated myself fully to it.

I am fascinated by the musical freedom that i have hereby, to play whatever you like, beeing free beyond any limited borders.
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Of course there are also limitations and musical rules to care for, as musical structures.
But within improvisation there is freedom of play, something that isnt possible in other styles like Rock, Pop or Blues.

After that, in the following years between 2007 and 2009 i took part at couple of Workshops and Masterclasses of this style with Stochelo Rosenberg, Angelo DeBarre and Romane in France, i started also giving my own Workshops and released my first guitar methodbook  "Gypsyjazz Guitar  - a Trbute to Gypsyjazz" in 2011.

This has just been consequence as i myself been teaching since many years before. So i offer this style as lessons and workshops ever since.










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