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


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Of all the styles of jazz to emerge in the twentieth century, none is more passionate, more exhilaratingly up-tempo, or more steeped in an outsider tradition than Gypsy Jazz. And there is no one more 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 American Gypsy musicians who remain largely unknown outside their hidden community.

Blending travelogue, detective story, and personal narrative, Gypsy Jazz is music history at its best, capturing the history and culture of this elusive music--and the soul that makes it swing.

About the Author

Michael Dregni is a columnist, reviewer, and feature writer for Vintage Guitar magazine, and author of Django: The Life and Music of a Gypsy Legend (OUP, 2004).

Table of Contents


Chapter 1: The Guitar with a Human Voice; In Search of Django Reinhardt

Chapter 2: The Boy With the Banjo; Into a Zigzag Paradise

Chapter 3: Bals Musette; Music from the Dark Side of the City of Light

Chapter 4: Jazz Modernistique; Revisiting the Babylon of Gypsy Jazz

Chapter 5: Songs of One Thousand and One Nights; Django Reinhardt, Schnuckenack Reinhardt, and Gypsy Jazz Under the Nazis

Chapter 6: Gypsy Bebop; From Dizzy and Bird to Django and the Gibson Generation

Chapter 7: Les Guitares à Moustache; Revolutionary Jazz Guitars for a Jazz Revolution

Chapter 8: Crossroads; On the Road to Les Saintes-Maries-de-la-Mer

Chapter 9: Dynasty ;Les Frres Ferret and their Musical Clan

Chapter 10: La Dernire Valse des Niglos ; Saints and Sinners of the Malha Clan

Chapter 11: Au Son des Guitares; On the Trail of Patotte Bousquet

Chapter 12: The Unsung Master of the Gypsy Waltz; Tracing the Legacy of Tchan Tchou

Chapter 13: The Lost; The Secret History of Lousson Baumgartner and the "Other" Family

Chapter 14: Minstrel; Bamboula Ferret and the Travels of a Romany Troubadour

Chapter 15: Resurrection; The New Elegance of Biréli Lagrne, Stochelo Rosenberg, Angelo Debarre, and Ninine Garcia

Chapter 16: The Music Thieves; Into America with Danny Fender, Johnny Guitar, John Adomono, and Julio Bella Chapter 17: Gypsy Jazz Rap; Syntax and the Search for "Le Meilleur Chemin"

Chapter 18: The Most Dangerous Guitar Lesson; Jamming with David Reinhardt

Epilogue: Latcho Drom - The Long Road

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Dregni, Michael
Oxford University Press, USA
null, Michael
Genres & Styles - Jazz
Jazz musicians
History & Criticism - General
Music | Popular Music | Jazz
Jazz -- France -- History and criticism.
Romanies - Music - History and criticism
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