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Happy Birthday Django!!!

dennisdennis Montreal, QuebecModerator
in Welcome Posts: 2,069

Someone usually posts something so why not me?

Here s my little tribute to the master

it s also Grappelli s bday on the 26th!

BucoJosechikyMichaelHorowitzrichter4208jonpowlgeese_commac63000billyshakesBill Da Costa WilliamsBonesand 2 others.


  • pmgpmg ATHERTON, CANew Dupont MD50R
    Posts: 93

    Fascinating insights Dennis!!! Well done and much fun to listen to.

    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!
  • Posts: 2,538

    I'm holding a toast to Django as I write. Really nice video Dennis.

    Every note wants to go somewhere-Kurt Rosenwinkel
  • JojoJojo
    Posts: 134

    Excellent, Dennis. Looking forward to the videos on Django's playing re fingers/disability/otherbility

  • dennisdennis Montreal, QuebecModerator
    Posts: 2,069
  • billyshakesbillyshakes NoVA✭✭✭ Park Avance - Altamira M10
    Posts: 116

    I just looked in the dictionary under the definition of polymath and there was a photo of Dennis.

    I really appreciated you explaining your journey and the way you grew and developed. It is the result of a lot of hard work but also just a natural inquisitiveness (shown by your efforts to learn Japanese). You weren't content to just are taking the information, internalizing it, assimilating it, and then creating from it your own lexicon. That is the highest level of knowledge.

  • Lango-DjangoLango-Django Niagara-On-The-Lake, ONModerator
    edited January 24 Posts: 1,383

    Dennis, I'm a day late and a dollar short, but thanks for this!!!!!

    Your reverence for the Master is inspirational, and your musical advice is insightful, as always.

    And that new AT guitar of yours... wowser! Watch out, Mr. Holo, there's a new kid on the block!


    I live in a little tourist town called Niagara-On-The-Lake, Ontario, Canada, which is about twenty miles north of Niagara Falls.

    If you are ever planning on visiting the beautiful Niagara area, feel free to PM me and perhaps we can get together and do some jamming.
  • swiesslerswiessler NorCalNew Dupont MD20,Gibson L5,Bumgarner F hole(DiMauro type)
    Posts: 48

    Denis, Thank you for elucidating your really great philosophy for learners. It is both encouraging and sobering to

    see music and language as parallels. Not an uncommon description, but an uncommon explanation. As someone who

    learned a language later in life, and am now trying to learn this music a bit later still, it is a welcome perspective on the

    process of learning and a reminder that the journey is it's own reward!!

  • dennisdennis Montreal, QuebecModerator
    Posts: 2,069

    Thanks! I think the improv and language analogy is a big one for me. However, there are different styles of improvisation out there, and i don’t claim to see the one I like is the best one. Different strokes for different folks! But I definitely wanted to highlight that in order to understand the language of music, I had to spend so many years listening carefully but also just playing stupid licks that weren’t creative... I just wasn’t a natural like some others are. Some people are already born with the inate ability to hear and absorb : Bireli Lagrene and Rocky Gresset come to mind. Having worked with them and really pick their brain, it’s really fascinating to see such natural talent... I m pretty sure Django and Mozart were that way too. Possibly Kanye West too!

    Bill Da Costa Williams
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