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  • ChristopheCaringtonChristopheCarington San Francisco, CA USANew Stringphonic Favino, Altamira Chorus
    Posts: 118

    @eastwood - yup, there's still a few of us around! Though I don't think anyone is doing in-person events yet... hopefully soon.

  • AndyWAndyW Glasgow Scotland UK✭✭✭ Clarinets & Saxes- Selmer, Conn, Buescher, Leblanc // Guitars: Gerome, Caponnetto, Musicalia, Bucolo et. al.
    Posts: 457

    I'm just saying hi & welcome to Michael, since you're another clarinet player here on the forum,

    there's not too many of us ;-) -Andy-

  • everetteverett san francisco✭✭✭
    edited April 16 Posts: 124

    @eastwood A few of us play Sunday's at Rite Spot (outdoors). A mix of Django, swing, etc. I'm sitting in on accordion/guitar with Megaflame this Sunday the 18th — a mix of cabaret, tom waits, django, billie, etc. I'll also be there April 25 and May 2 playing very casual, loose sets mainly django style.

    I'm always down to jam... fully vaxxed and ready to rock!

  • eastwoodeastwood New
    Posts: 5

    Andy - great to meet you! It's true, there don't seem to be a ton of clarinet players in this world. Do you have any recommendations for good resources? I've found a few good web sites (like and transcriptions of Rostaing, but there doesn't seem to be a lot out there specifically for clarinet. Nothing like what I've found for the violin.

    Christopher and Andy - I'll reach out individually. Great to meet some more folks in the bay area!


  • billyshakesbillyshakes NoVA✭✭✭ Park Avance - Altamira M10
    Posts: 689


    I do believe that site link you referenced is run by our very own @PapsPier here on the board. Its a great resource, especially if you can read French.

    You can always look at what Giacomo Smith does. He has instructed at Django in June and is a killer player. He's got 2 courses over a DC Music School. There are a few examples on youtube you can find.

    You can also out the series of 3 vids that Evan Christopher did with Yaakov Hoter. They talk about feel, colors, phrases etc. Each is about 15 mins long. Here's a link to the first one.

    We need more clarinet players around! You could also just listen to Koen de Cauter, who is a fantastic clarinetist. Also there is a nice album by Lollo Meier that features Andre Donni on clarinet. I understand those aren't learning reasources, but they may give you ideas for phrases if you weren't already aware of them.

    -Bill (not a clarinet player, but lover of the sound of the licorice stick!)

  • eastwoodeastwood New
    Posts: 5


    Giacomo Smith is fantastic! I found him and then Kansas Smitty's ( during the pandemic and the shows they've been broadcasting are great.

    I've seen some of Evan Christopher's other stuff on YouTube but haven't seen the series with Yaakov Hoter - I will definitely check it out and also take a listen to Koen de Cauter and Andre Donni.

    Thanks for the recommendations!


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