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

Voorkant
Oxford University Press, 4 apr. 2008 - 352 pagina's
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.
 

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The Imperfect History of Gypsy Jazz
1
The Guitar with a Human Voice In Search of Django Reinhardt
7
The Boy with the Banjo Into a Zigsag Paradise
16
Bals Musette Music from the Dark Side of the City of Light
32
Jazz Modernistique Revisiting the Babylon of Gypsy Jazz
52
Songs of One Thousand and One Nights Django Reinhardt Schnuckenack Reinhardt and Gypsy Jazz under the Nazis
78
Gypsy Bebop From Dizzy and Bird to Django and the Gibson Generation
95
Les Guitares à Moustache Revolutionary Jazz Guitars for a Jazz Revolution
114
Minstrel Bamboula Ferret and the Travels of a Romani Troubadour
223
Resurrection The New Elegance of Biréli Lagrène Stochelo Rosenberg Angelo Debarre and Ninine Garcia
232
The Music Thieves Into America with Danny Fender Johnny Guitar John Adomono and Julio Bella
249
Gypsy Jazz Rap Syntax and the Search for Le Meillearu Chemin
267
The Most Dangerous Guitar Lesson Jamming with David Reinhardt
278
Epilogue Latcho DromThe Long Road
288
Notes
291
Recommended Listening
303

Crossroads On the Road to Les SaintesMariesdelaMer
129
Dynasty Les Frères Ferret and Their Musical Clan
147
La Dernière Valse des Niglos Saints and Sinners of the Malha Clan
178
Au Son des Guitares On the Trail of Patotte Bousquet
192
The Unsung Master of the Gypsy Waltz Tracing the Legacy of Tchan Tchou
204
The Lost The Secret History of Lousson Baumgartner and the Other Family
213
Recommended Reading
309
Bibliography
311
Acknowledgments
319
Index
323
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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).

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