Gypsy Jazz Images

A pictorial chronology

(All photos copyright Peter Anick unless otherwise noted. Not to be reused without permission)

The first time I heard Hot Club music played live (other than by street musicians in Paris and London) was at the 1975 Cambridge Folk Festival. Here's the cover of Cambridge Folk Festival flyer, with Hans'Che Weiss Quintet. That's Hans'Che just to the left of David Bromberg in the third row!

A better view...

Here's the write up in the flyer. Fiddler Titi Winterstein was just 17 at the time.

In the mid '70's, Stephane Grappelli enjoyed a revival in popularity and began touring the U.S. regularly. Here he is backstage with Frank Furillo of the Mango Brothers (top) and guitarist Diz Disley (right).

In 1996, I did an interview with Stephane Grappelli for Fiddler Magazine. By coincidence, the weekend before the interview I found this album of Django and Stephane at a garage sale. Stephane graciously autographed it, although he complained that his name was misspelt (with a "y" instead of "i").

I took son Jason along to see Stephane's concert that evening. Jason was 11 at the time and slept through some of the concert (okay, it was way past his bedtime, but I always kid him about this!) Now he is playing violin with the John Jorgenson Quintet. Guess sleep learning actually works!

Evan Price (left) was at the same Grappelli concert in '96. Now he's playing Stephane's role in the Hot Club of San Francisco, playing with the likes of Paul Mehling (right) and Dan Hicks (center)

In 1998, I chanced upon the Pilgrimage of the Gypsies in Saintes-Maries-de-la-Mer, France. Ensemble Enge, a young Gyspy Jazz group invited me to visit their campsite, where we shared our respective musical traditions. It was there that I learned that Gypsy Jazz (or "Jazz Manouche") had in effect become the "folk music" of the Manouche Gypsies.

Full story here

Enge invited me to attend the Strasbourg International Gypsy Festival that he was producing in July 1999. In the heart of Alsace, one of the centers of Jazz Manouche, I was introduced to many of the greatest modern Gypsy players, including Bireli Lagrene, Tchavolo Schmitt, Yorgui Leuffler, Dino Merstein, Florin Niculescu.
Here's Schmitto Kling at the 1999 Strasbourg International Gypsy Festival, a great Grappelli-esque violinist not so well known outside of Germany.

Schnuckenack Reinhardt, credited with reviving Gypsy Jazz in Germany, celebrated his 80th birthday at the 2001 Strasbourg International Gypsy Festival

Continuing to write features on Gypsy jazz for Fiddler Magazine, I sought out Christophe Lartilleux, band leader and guitar teacher in Toulouse, France. The interview is available online here

In 2000, Gypsy Jazz arrived in the U.S., thanks to the efforts of Pat Phillips and Ettore Stratta and their The New York Django Festival!
Here's Dorado Schmitt jamming at the 2002 festival at Birdland.
(photo by John Verity)

Dorado and Samson Schmitt at 2002 Birdland Django Festival
(photo by John Verity)

Nothing compares to Nick Lehr's DjangoFest Northwest, the annual gathering of the tribe in Langley, Washington. Everybody comes to jam, learn, and listen to the best players from home and abroad - Angelo Debarre, Pearl Django, Patrick Saussois, Robin Nolan, John Jorgenson...

The legendary Ferre Brothers (Boulou and Elios in the center of the photo) offered a workshop there in October 2004.

Story on the 2003 Festival here.


Violinists Johnny Frigo and Dorado Schmitt meet up in Boston's Regattabar, 2004.

Hono Winterstein, Bireli Lagrene, and Martin Weiss in Santa Cruz 2005.

Martin Weiss (with Bireli's Gipsy Project in Santa Cruz 2005).

The best djamming this side of Langley, Washington: Ted Gottsegen and Wawau Adler at the first ever week-long American Django camp (Django in June Festival, Northampton, MA, 2007)

Jimmy Rosenberg at the Bimhuis in Amsterdam at his recent "welcome back" concert

Here's that 11-year old from the Grappelli photo ten years later - sitting in with the Robin Nolan Trio at the 2007 Montreal Jazz Festival.

Videos on youtube

And to finish it off, here's a behind the scenes glimpse of the John Jorgenson Quintet on the road - as they discover that they actually can pop popcorn using their cell phones!


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