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Welcome to DjangoBooks.com. This website is dedicated to the musical legacy of the great Gypsy jazz guitarist Django Reinhardt (1910-1953). Django Reinhardt pioneered the use of the guitar in jazz and was arguably the first great jazz guitarist. His music lives on in the music of contemporary Gypsy jazz guitarists such as Bireli Lagrene, Stochelo Rosenberg, Jimmy Rosenberg, and Angelo Debarre.

You can read the latest news about Django Reinhardt and other Gypsy jazz musicians on our Gypsy Jazz Forum. An exhaustive selection of Django Reinhardt and Gypsy jazz instruction books, CDs, videos, strings, picks, and guitars are available at our Online Store. Thanks for visiting and enjoy the site!

About the Authors

Michael S. Horowitz

Michael holds a B.A. from the Berklee College of Music, Boston; an M.A. in ethnomusicology from the University of Washington, Seattle; and is currently pursuing a Ph.D. in ethnomusicology at the University of Washington. During 2002 Michael received a Fulbright fellowship to conduct his dissertation research among the Sinti Gypsy jazz guitarists of The Netherlands. His teachers include Fapy Lafertin, Martin Limberger, Jan Limberger, and Paulus Schaefer.

In addition to academic pursuits, Michael has maintained an active performing schedule as both a band leader and a side man for numerous ensembles such as Hot Club Sandwich, Pearl Django, Zazou, and The Djangomatics. Michael is also a sought after DADGAD-style guitarist and has accompanied numerous Irish musicians such as Randal Bays and Skip Healy. He is the leader of the Seattle-based klezmer rock band Heavy Shtetl.

Greg Ruby

Greg holds a Bachelor of Music Degree in jazz studies from Cornish College of the Arts and teaches guitar in the Seattle area. As the rhythm guitarist for Pearl Django, he has traveled throughout the United States and Europe and has appeared on two of the band's recordings; Under Paris Skies and Swing 48. In addition to playing with Pearl Django, he performs and records with the Gypsy jazz group Hot Club Sandwich.

Andreas Oberg

While still in his teens, Andreas Oberg (b.1978) was quickly recognized as one of the rising stars in the vibrant Swedish jazz scene. From 1998 through 2002 he studied music theory, arranging, and bebop guitar at Stockholm's Royal Music Academy. In 2001, Andreas began to focus on the music of Django Reinhardt. In recent years he has toured and recorded with top Gypsy jazz guitarists such as Jimmy Rosenberg, Yorgui Loeffler and Ritary Gaguenetti.

Andreas has recorded two CDs on Norway's Hot Club Records label: the self-titled Gypsy jazz style Andreas Oberg (2004) and the more bebop oriented Young Jazz Guitarist (2005). Andreas maintains an active performing and recording schedule throughout Europe and North America.

Read more about Andreas at www.andreasoberg.com

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