Gypsy jazz instructor in the S.F.bay area?

ihscoutihscout California,Bay Area Ald la brune
edited December 2012 in Gypsy Jazz 101 Posts: 33
Hello,does anybody know of a good gypsy jazz guitar teacher in the
San Francisco bay area?I live in the north bay and am willing to travel.


  • PassacagliaPassacaglia Madison, WI✭✭✭✭
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    Not sure whether he still teaches, but Paul Mehling of the Hot Club of San Francisco is a possibility. I seem to recall a member here, "Tele295," did at least a lesson (perhaps more) with him, so she might have some insight. Other than that, here's a threadthat might guide. Good luck.


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    Jimmy Grant


  • pmgpmg Atherton, CANew Dupont MD50R, Shelley Park Custom, Super 400, 68 Les Paul Deluxe, Stevie Ray Strat
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    Doug Martin in San Carlos is excellent. He plays often in San Francisco - so you can probably check him out live. Also on YouTube. See

    There are a lot of good teaching materials, but a good live instructor is better yet!
    I'm always interested in jamming with experienced jazz and gypsy jazz players in the San Francisco - San Jose area. Drop me a line. Bass players welcome!
  • ihscoutihscout California,Bay Area Ald la brune
    Posts: 33
    Thanks for all the replies,really appreciate it.
  • wimwim ChicagoModerator Barault #503 replica
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    man, if you can get doug martin go for it ! he's fantastic. i thought he was living in china or somewhere asian
  • sunny1sunny1 New
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    Paul Gruen is another great teacher......patient, low key and plays some great improv. phrasing. He's thoughtful and cares about who he's
  • Tele295Tele295 San Buenaventura (Latcho Drom), CA✭✭✭ Gitane DG300, D500
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    Yes, Doug's in China right now. He may be back for Djangofest NW in 2013, though.

    Paul Mehling is the guy to track down. His Djangobooks username is "Pazzo." Here's a thread woth contact info and other details:
    Jill Martini Soiree - Gypsy Swing & Cocktail Jazz
  • anthon_74anthon_74 Marin county, CA✭✭✭✭ Alta Mira M 01
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    Hey man.

    I live in San rafael, and I have taken from a few teachers out here. Paul Mehling is good, and lives in oakland. Paul Gruen is also good, and teaches out of the magic flute in San rafael. Doug Martin lives in Japan right now so that ain't happenning.

    Contact me if you want to Jam.

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