The music that we play basically is Jazz. But which kind of Jazz excatly?

There are so many different kinds of Jazz and not all poeple like Jazz because they do often belive that Jazz is just a bunch of notes or atonal humping around.
django_reinhardt_coverWe do play the so called "Jazz-Manouche", also known as Gypsy- or Sintijazz (so guys in germany called it also "Zigeunerjazz" before, which is considered an abusive word).

Jazz-Manouche started in the early 1920ies in the area of Paris/France. See also the Gypsyjazz-History.

In that time young musicians like Django Reinhardt, Stephane Grapelli, Louis Vola, Joseph Reinhardt or Marcel Bianci came together and founded, initiated by Charles Delauney a great french Jazzfan and Mentor, the Band "Quintette du Hot Club de France".

This Formation played the actual Swing-Jazz-music of that time not on brass or blowing-intruments (unlike in that time Jazz was mainly plaed by saxophones, trupets or clarinets), but for the first time played it on their own instruments: a violin, guitars and double-bass. Therefor this music became know also as "String-Jazz",  Jazz that was beeing played on Stringed-Instruments. Later on there were also some setups of the Quintette du Hot Club de France which was hooked up with clarinette or Saxophon.

The "Quintette du Hot Club de France" has become worldfamous, way far over the borders of France, last but not least because of the musical genius of the young Django Reinhardt who was one of the first in the world to establish the guitar as a solo-instrument as one of the first players. With his incredible virtuosity, passion and verve, he was pushing the success of the Hotclub de France worldwide beyond any limits.
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Even until today the godfather of european Jazz is influencing noumerous Guitarrists worldwide. Many generations of guitar-players named and still name Django Reinhardt as their great source of inspiration.

Amongst his admirers are such illustral and different famous Jazz- and Rock-legends like:

Charly Christian, Barney Kessel, Les Paul, Chet Atkins, John McLaughlin, Carlos Santana, Eric Clapton, Gary Moore, Wes Montgomery, Joe Pass, Romane und natürlich auch viele der heutigen Sintigitarristen wie Stochelo Rosenberg, Bireli Lagrene, Dorado Schmitt, Tschavolo Schmitt, David and Noe Reinhardt as many, many others more.

So Django Reinhardts´s legacy is still living on until today within a pretty active music-scene.

We as musiscians also are totally inspired and influenced by this great master-guitarrist and his musicians of the "Quintette du Hot Club de France". We also do play the music of the Hotclub de France, Swing, Jazz - as of other tunes of this kind of style and original compositions in the style.

We take care to the most authentic way of playing and sound, which we like to present and play for you with modern arrangements and interpretations.

You may download some free examples in our Download-area, where you can download different tunes recorded at LIVE-gigs of our Band at different places.

Jazz-Manouche is Fun, it´s inspiring, virtuos and melodic as well as fast and slow, it is harmonic and not atonal at all, packed with lots of energy. Many people do not lknow about it, but do really like it when they once have heared it for the first time - they are excited about it. Check it out!



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