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Gypsy Jazz Ensemble



An upbeat group in the style of the Hot Club of France, the immortal quintet of guitarist Django Reinhardt and violinist Stephane Grappelli. Beginning with their first recordings in 1934, these two innovators forged a new genre — gypsy jazz, or jazz Manouche — acoustic music combining pumping, infectious rhythm with virtuosity, inventiveness and soul. Students learn the subtleties of the rhythm guitar technique known as “la pompe,” the special role of the bass in a drummer-less rhythm section, as well as the distinctive improvisational dialect intrinsic to this style. Instrumentation will include violin, viola, cello, accordion, lead guitar, rhythm guitar, bass and vocals.

Thursdays 6:30 – 8pm
7/10 – 8/21 (7 weeks)
Paul Mehling • $280


The Jazzschool Community Music School (JCMS) offers numerous performance ensembles for beginning, intermediate and advanced instrumentalists and vocalists. Students are placed in ensembles by audition and requirements may include the following: playing selected scales; playing and/or improvising over a piece of your choice; improvising over a 12-bar blues or other pieces provided at the audition; and sight-reading. Drummers are asked to play various grooves and solo; bassists are asked to play bass lines.

New JCMS ensemble students: To apply for an ensemble please fill out the ensemble application form. Once your application form has been received you will be contacted to schedule an audition.

Students who have previously been enrolled in JCMS ensembles: Please also fill out the ensemble application form. An audition may not be required depending on which ensemble(s) you are applying for.

Please click here for ensemble audition guidelines.


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