You heard me right. In the city that gave birth to jazz, I'm having a hard time finding other dedicated gypsy jazz players.
I've tried, really! I put up a hand written card at a popular coffeehouse that features much live music. I've advertised on craigslist, looking for other players interested guitarists that I offered to accompany or teach what I've learned.
Oh, I know there are a couple of small bands that include a gypsy style guitarist and play a few gypsy jazz standards in their repertoire. There is, however, no Hot Club New Orleans dedicated exclusively or primarily gypsy jazz, as far as I can tell.
In my search so far, I've come across two guys who showed some interest in this music, but neither appeared to have the time or drive to study and practice the music for a couple of hours a day like I do. So, for the moment, I'm programming in my own accompaniment through Band-in-a-Box and using the various sites that offer recorded accompaniment of the classic gypsy jazz tunes.
If you're reading this and live anywhere near New Orleans, chances are you have a keen interest in this music and you're already trying to play it. And that goes for you violinists, clarinetists, accordionists and bassists as well. Get in touch with me and let's get this jam going!