Welcome to the history section. This is an important place in the legacy of Gypsy Jazz as it will cover players who rarely, if ever receive the credit they are due. Because this is such an important topic, and one that I feel has been largely overlooked by the other boards devoted to Gypsy Jazz on the net - (and because I'm the moderator here), I have some rules and regulations which must be followed for all posters on this board.
These aren't meant to alienate anyone, but make people understand that there is much, much more to Gypsy Jazz than discussing technique and all the other pedantic nonsense. Like any advanced course, there are prerequisites. Newbies are welcome and encouraged!
1. If you started your Gypsy Jazz life by listening to Jimmy Rosenberg, or Angelo or anyone else under the age of 45, do not even think of posting until you've examined, in even a cursory fashion, the music of Baro, Matelo, Maurice and Sarane Ferret, Tchan-Tchou, Jacques Montagne, Bousquet, Joe Reinhardt, Schnuckenack Reinhardt, Vivian Villerstein and others of the first two generations. If you are wondering "where can I get music by those guys?" here are some must own CD's highlighting these players:
Jazz a'la Gitan
Gypsy School - Django's Legacy
Baro Ferret "Swing Valses"
Jo Privat/Matelo Ferret "Manouche Partie"
Matelo Ferret "Tziganskaia and Other Rare Recordings"
2. Unlike other boards, stupidity and ignorance is neither wanted nor tolerated. Give us something intelligent to discuss or don't bother posting!
3. All equipment discussions are forbidden, unless it directly relates to pre-1974 Gypsy Jazz artists - or contemporary players who exhibit similar characteristics to these players from the past.
4. All technique discussions are forbidden, unless it directly relates to pre-1974 Gypsy Jazz artists - or contemporary players who exhibit similar characteristics to these players from the past.
5. Please, most of all, let's have fun! I'm here to share my knowledge and experience in regards to these players, but I want everyone to be part and to share as little or as much of their knowledge and experience that they feel comfortable sharing.
That's it! On with the show....