Hi everyone; some of you may know me from mandolincafe. I've been getting into Gypsy Jazz and Hot Club music this year, really enjoying it. It started wneh I was recruited to play in a Klezmer band and grew from there.
My favorite instruments to play these days are 5 string viola and OM. These are not traditional gypsy jazz instruments. Are GJ players like bluegrass players, where it is very strict what instrument you play and how you play it? Would I be committing a major offense/faux pas if I showed up at a hot club jam with an octave mandolin? I'm learning the jazz chords and la pompe on the OM, and I think it sounds good, but would it be "wrong"?