I know that, these days, gypsy jazz is mainly the music of the Quintett du Hot Club de France, the Quintett with violin.
However, you probably know, and maybe you like, the Nouveau Quintett du Hot Club de France, the Quintett with clarinet that Django created in 1940.
It wouldn't be true to say that there is no information on Internet about this Quintett, but the information is scattered on different forums, webpages etc.
So I decided to gather all I could find in a website.
On this website you will find:
- the complete transcriptions of the recordings in C for the guitarists, in Bb for the clarinet and the tabs (you need to download the free software TuxGuitar to open the tabs). I want to emphasize that the transcriptions are as accurate as possible: the theme is what is actually played, not something coming from a realbook. The Django parts are the transcriptions of Ben Givan. You ll find on this website some tunes rarely played.
- the charts and playalongs to practice. The playalongs come from Laurent Courtois of the band Nuages de Swing, a French band dedicated to the music of the Nouveau Quintette. I also recorded some that were not available before.
- the lyrics of the tunes of Django that were translated into songs (Swing42, Nuages..) and the recordings of these songs by French singers of those days.
- the history of the different Quintettes: how and when Django met the musicians, where they played, why they decided to take apart... You ll find some pictures thanks to Teddy Dupont and Francois Ravez (nothing exceptional but it is always cool to see these nice pictures)
- biographical sketches of the different musicians to know what they did before Django and what they did after (because, even if Django is the Boss, his musicians were pretty good). Thanks to Scot, you ll be able also to hear some rare recordings of these musicians where you can actually hear them better than on the Quintett recordings.
Hope you ll find it useful
So HERE IS THE WEBSITE http://djangonewquintettclarinet.wordpress.com/
So far, only the years 1940 to 1943 can be accessed. I am still working on the transcriptions of the other years. I will update it as soon as possible