Esprit de Django et Stephane Festival Open House
Saturday, January 26, 2013, 11:00 am workshops and more!
January 26 11:00 am

Django Reinhardt & Stéphane Grappelli: their musical influence in the Bay Area, 3:00 pm

With David Grisman, David Balakrishnan, Andy Gilbert, and George Cole (moderator). This lively conversation will focus on the lives of Stéphane Grappelli and Django Reinhardt with particular emphasis on Grapelli’s work in the Bay Area in the late 1970s and early ‘80s.

David Grisman met Stéphane while writing the score for the 1978 movie, King of the Gypsies. They began performing together and recorded a great album, Stéphane Grappelli/David Grisman Live, playing classics like “Satin Doll” and Django’s “Swing.” Joining them in several performances was violinist David Balakrishnan, Turtle Island Quartet’s co-founder.

Steven Dudash is an internationally renowned master of the 5-string viola whose interpretations and original compositions are rooted in the Gypsy violin tradition.

Writer Andrew Gilbert’s deep expertise and insightful articles about music, particularly jazz, frequently appear in the San Francisco Chronicle and the Boston Globe.

George Cole is a performing and teaching musician with a passion for gypsy jazz music. He is one of the driving forces behind the Esprit de Django et Stephane Festival.


Hot Fiddle "How To" with Elana James
January 26, 11:00am - 11:50am and 12:00pm-12:50pm
Elana James of Hot Club of Cowtown teaches this workshop for string players who want to explore improvisation, comping/playing rhythm, scale patterns, soloing ideas, song forms, and licks.

The Art of Swing Violin with Stephan Dudash                                        
January 26, 1:00pm - 1:50pm and 2:00pm - 2:50pm
Stephan Dudash of George Cole and Eurocana teaches this workshop for string players who want to explore soloing, scale patterns, swing standards and  smokin' hot licks.

Dawg on Django with David Grisman
January 26, 1:00pm - 1:50 pmm
Adapting the mandolin to the style created by Django Reinhardt, Stephane Grappelli and their Quintet of the Hot Club of France, utilizing some of their tunes as examples

Swing Guitar with Whit Smith
January 26, 11:00am - 11:50am and 12:00pm-12:50pm                                                                                                                      
Whit Smith of Hot Club of Cowtown teaches dressing up chord progressions with different inversions, minor chord progressions, soloing mechanisms for "hot" playing, and a comprehensive look at double stops

Gypsy Jazz Guitar for Beginners with George Cole                                          
January 26, 1:00pm - 1:50pm and 2:00pm - 2:50pm
Guitar virtuoso George Cole offers an introduction to the fast growing guitar style of Gypsy Jazz. The course will include information on gear, techniques, rhythm, lead, runs, licks, picking style, history, tone, and other facets of the style. Learn a Django Reinhardt composition during the class and start to improvise right away with a few all purpose licks. George taught guitar to Billie Joe Armstrong for ten years and has recorded with Chris Isaak, toured with Joe Walsh in addition to playing guitar and singing duets with jazz legend Keeley Smith. George now records and tours with his band Eurocana.

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