Gypsy Jazz Ensemble/Player Listing

yorkyork Saratoga Springs, NY Kish Selmer copy. I made it.
edited June 2013 in North America Posts: 7
Hi everyone,

After getting back from Django in June 2011, I was looking for some sort of listing of ensembles or players in different areas of the country. I realize there are discussions for particular regions like, “GJ in NYC area”. What I don’t see anywhere online is a “listing” or “directory” of GJ ensembles or performers. This could be useful when you are looking for other people or groups, travelling to different regions, looking for someone for a gig, festival, a jam, etc.

So, I propose we start one here.

Here are some general guidelines that I think will keep this listing uncluttered and more useful:

1. Post only listings here, PLEASE. Keep other communications out of the listing discussion. Use other discussions or private messaging for that. I started another discussion to discuss the listing discussion if necessary. (OK, this is getting nuts….)

2. Please post one message for your ensemble or yourself if you play solo. To update the info you should be able to edit your post in the future.

3. A photo as part of your listing to show your group is OK.

I propose a general format that would keep the listings more consistent and hopefully more useful for everyone. The easiest way to use it would be to copy the whole format, paste it into your message, and then replace the parentheses parts with your info. Just cut any parenthesis part you choose to leave blank.

I started the listing with the trio we are starting in Saratoga Springs as an example.

Gypsy Jazz Ensemble/Player Listing Format Follows

Location: (City, State, Country)

Name: (list your ensemble name or individual name if not associated with a group)

Configuration: (individual, duo, trio, etc.)

Members: (Player -- instrument(s), Player -- instrument, etc.)

Repertoire: (briefly describe repertoire like, “strictly gypsy jazz”, “mainly gypsy jazz”, “gypsy jazz mix with standard jazz”, “GJ influenced jazz”, "swing with some GJ tunes", “everything Django ever recorded”, etc.)

Available for: (gigs, jams, festivals, lessons, workshops, etc.)

Contact Info: (list name(s), email, etc.)

Weblink(s): (post your webpage, blog, FB page, etc., address here [post the complete link including http:// to make the link active in the listing])




  • yorkyork Saratoga Springs, NY Kish Selmer copy. I made it.
    Posts: 7
    Location: Saratoga Springs, NY, 12866, USA

    Name: Hot Club of Saratoga

    Configuration: Trio

    Members: Chad Tallman – guitar, Chuck Kish – guitar, Craig Thaler -- violin

    Repertoire: gypsy jazz

    Available for: gigs, jams, festivals, other (talk to us)

    Contact Info: Chuck Kish – <!-- e --><a href="mailto:[email protected]">[email protected]</a><!-- e -->, Chad Tallman -- <!-- e --><a href="mailto:[email protected]">[email protected]</a><!-- e -->

    Weblink(s): ... 29?sk=wall

  • Tele295Tele295 San Buenaventura (Latcho Drom), CA✭✭✭ Gitane DG300, D500
    Posts: 629
    Location: Ventura, California, USA

    Name: Jill Martini Soiree

    Configuration: Duo/Trio/Quartet, depending on gig

    Members: Jill Martini - rhythm gtr/vocals, Alec Graham - double bass, Karen Darnall - violin, Miles Lang - guitar/mandolin

    Repertoire: Gypsy Jazz, European folk, vocal jazz standards

    Available for: (gigs, jams, festivals, lessons, workshops, etc.) Yes

    Contact Info: Miles Lang - <!-- e --><a href="mailto:[email protected]">[email protected]</a><!-- e -->




    Jill Martini Soiree - Gypsy Swing & Cocktail Jazz
  • klaatuklaatu Nova ScotiaProdigy Rodrigo Shopis D'Artagnan, 1950s Jacques Castelluccia
    edited February 2012 Posts: 1,665
    Location: Windsor, Nova Scotia, Canada

    Name: Swingology

    Configuration: 4-7 players

    Members: Ben Robertson, Vincent Leys, Kevin Cox - guitars; Andrew Kent - violin; John Malmstrom - clarinet; Cynthia Myers - vocals; Andy Connolly - bass.

    Repertoire: mostly standard GJ repertoire plus some modern tunes, all in 1930s Hot Club style

    Available for: weddings, conventions, house parties, dances, club dates, concerts, festivals, street fairs, wineries, bar mitzvahs, birthdays, and lots more that we probably haven’t thought of yet

    Contact Info: Ben Robertson, ben at swingology dot ca

    Web site:


    "It's a great feeling to be dealing with material which is better than yourself, that you know you can never live up to."
    -- Orson Welles
  • miragebassmiragebass Springfield, NJNew
    Posts: 1
    My name is Richard (Rick) Steffens and I am a professional bassist ( electric and upright) and do vocals too with over 35 years of gigging experience.  I have relocated to the East Coast ( from Southern California) and I'm currently in Springfield, New Jersey.

    I am seeking playing opportunities with gypsy swing bands. I know much of the Django repertoire and  I'm a good sight reader and have good ears.

    I have the gear and the car and I'm ready to play.

    For more detail on me personally, please see the following websites:
    Twitter: @mirageband

    Any suggestions or leads you may have are appreciated.

    Thanks for your consideration
    Rick Steffens
    cell 619-540-4747
    email - <!-- e --><a href="mailto:[email protected]">[email protected]</a><!-- e -->
  • edited December 2013 Posts: 3,707
    Jay Jennings

    Alto, soprano and tenor sax, guitar.

    As yet unnamed duet with Robert Dukharm a classical violinist, pianist and organist. He and I have been working together for several months. Fun working with someone who has marvellous technique and is just learning the language.

    We have branched out to doing a few of Paganini's violin and guitar sonatas. Starting to work on improvisations on those. We will start gigging in January.

    contact <!-- e --><a href="mailto:[email protected]">[email protected]</a><!-- e -->
    The Magic really starts to happen when you can play it with your eyes closed
  • stylusstylus canadaNew
    edited July 2023 Posts: 13
    Location: Toronto,Ontario,Canada

    Name: Club Django Toronto

    Configuration: Sextet

    Members: John Farrell –lead guitar,Wayne Nakamura-rhythm guitar, Rodion Boshoer-violin, Abbey Sholzberg- Double bass, Gerry Duligal-piano accordion

    Repertoire: gypsy jazz

    Available for: gigs, jams, festivals, concerts and private functions

    For bookings and further information, please email [email protected]

    Facebook: ... 0492912504
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  • Posts: 1
    I love them! The last show in Saratoga Springs was awesome. I came over from Albany for a weekend and saw their show in the club accidentally, and now I'm hooked! Thanks for your music!
  • bopsterbopster St. Louis, MOProdigy Wide Sky PL-1, 1940? French mystery guitar, ‘37 L-4
    Posts: 513

    St. Louis based quartet playing tunes from 1898-1935 (ok, we cheat on that with some Django tunes) with gypsy jazz overtones. Instrumentation: two guitars, accordion, cornet, and three of us sing. We have 2 CDs on iTunes, music videos and our schedule on our website:

    Paul Davis: manouche guitar, vocal
    Valerie Tichacek: accordion, vocal
    Brian Reno: cornet, vocal
    Mark Hrabovsky: Travis/Atkins picking guitar, percussion, kazoo
  • xterrettxxterrettx New
    Posts: 5
    Moustache Yourself!

    Akron Ohio based quartet. We do standard from Django to Metheny all on with some originals starting to surface.
    We are trying to start a scene around NE ohio, anyone interested feel free to get a hold of us :D
    Joe Terrett - Lead Guitar
    Denny Jones -Violin
    Jeremy Jones - Rhythm Guitar
    Tim Akin - Bass

    Available for - we have played some weird places so go ahead and ask (the only no so far has been a strip joint!)
  • rimmrimm Ireland✭✭✭✭ Paul doyle D hole, washburn washington
    Posts: 605
    Great idea!

    Location: Dublin , Ireland
    Name: Locoswing
    Configuration: Quintette
    Members: Rudy Bado, Mark dudley, Neal Wright, Smithy, Lia Wright
    Repertoire: Gypsy jazz, standards-Available for: (gigs, jams, festivals, lessons, workshops, etc.)

    Contact Info: <!-- e --><a href="mailto:[email protected]">[email protected]</a><!-- e -->
    I got a fever and the only prescription is more cowbell
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