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1st ever Brooklyn Gypsy Jazz Mini-Fest!

bbwood_98bbwood_98 Brooklyn, NyProdigy Vladimir music! Les Effes. . Its the best!
edited February 2008 in North America Posts: 546
Hi everyone,
Well, It's been a long time in the planning, but here are the detail for the first ever gypsy jazz mini fest in Brooklyn NY! Our guest, and famous gypsy jazz artist and teacher is the great Dennis Chang. Dennis is from Montreal, and has a great band called Fleche d'or, he has recorded with many great artists, and as a teacher he has made a DVD on rhythm guitar, as well as working on a lead guitar DVD. He will be featured in the Grand opening concert, and is giving a class. Well, on to the other details:

Grand opening concert Thursday the 28th of February:
This concert will feature many of the "local" acts playing music inspired by Django Reinhardt. The event will take place at the fabulous Jalopy Theater in the amazing Red Hook area of Brooklyn, NY (315 Columbia street- their website is The featured bands are listed below, as are each performance time; the event will close with a jam. Cost for the event is 20 for all night or five dollars a set. There are great beer and wines for sale, as well as guitars and other instruments, coffees and teas. All in all a great concert at a great venue.

Schedule for Thursday night:

Hot Club of Hells Kitchen 8-8.30
Tom Landman Trio 8.40-9.10
Marc Daine and Gypsy Jazz Caravan 9.20-950
Franglais featuring Dennis chang 10-10.40
Gypsy Tango Trio 10.50-11,20
Alex Simon group 11.20-11.50.

Followed up by a grand jam session! Tell your friends, bring your girl, drag out any guitar nerds you know to see what is bound to be an amazing night of hot acoustic jazz!

The second event is a class with featured artist Dennis chang at Mazzotti music (a great vintage guitar store, and one of the first guitar stores run by women! Located in Brooklyn, on 3rd ave between President and Carroll streets, on Saturday March 1st starting at 3 and going until 7. The cost is 100 dollars, and pre registration is highly recommended. This event is described in detail at

The third and final event is "un grande Fete" at my home in Brooklyn, also saturday night, open to any participant of the festival, We'll start at 8, and party and jam until we crash; There will be plenty of guitars and fun things to drink, Its going to be a heck of a party, and a fun night. Incidentally I live walking distance to Mazzotti Music. (please email me if you'd like to attend this event)

Thanks for your time, I hope many of you will come out and check out these events full of amazing musicians who are working hard to provide you with a few great hours of entertainment.

Ben Wood


  • EmmettRayEmmettRay Honolulu, Hawaii✭✭✭✭ Koa Iseman, AJL XO-503, Holo Busato
    Posts: 88
    How come the LA and Boston workshops are $80 and the NYC one is $100?
  • bbwood_98bbwood_98 Brooklyn, NyProdigy Vladimir music! Les Effes. . Its the best!
    Posts: 546
    Real estate is more expensive! Ain't NY grand!
    My apologies on that, I knew it would be a thing . . I did the best I could to keep the rate down, but had to secure a great location, and pay dennis his normal rate.
    Thanks, and Sorry,
  • EmmettRayEmmettRay Honolulu, Hawaii✭✭✭✭ Koa Iseman, AJL XO-503, Holo Busato
    Posts: 88
    It's cool, I'll still be there!
  • bbwood_98bbwood_98 Brooklyn, NyProdigy Vladimir music! Les Effes. . Its the best!
    Posts: 546
    Hi all,
    Just a little reminder about the first ever Brooklyn Gypsy Jazz Mini-Festival at the Jalopy theater (315 columbia street, red hook, 6 blocks from the f train at carroll street, Brooklyn, NY), All the Details can be seen at 6 bands, great music; the way to start your weekend out right! And if you are a musician, bring your instrument, a massive jam follows the concert.
    Thanks, and see you there,
  • Tom LandmanTom Landman Brooklyn, NY✭✭✭✭ 6 strings
    Posts: 93
    Hi Ben,
    Thanks for organizing this event!
    The concert Thursday was great and everyone played well. It was nice to see so many players and aficionados all in one place. The gypsy jazz scene is really growing here!
    - Tom
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