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Django Memorial Festival & HotClubNews e.V. canceled

django augsburg2010klEversince the last 25 years the "Django Memorial Festival" of the HotClubNews e.V. took place and now - it will be canceled forever!

The more the Hotclubnews-Association will be split up and the website www.hotclubnews.de soon be canceled as well. The exact reasons are only guessable as there has not been a dedicated statement of the association ...  but rumors go around that there has been a deviding struggle amongst the members of the association and/or maybe even financial reasons were the reason. Maybe even both.

Despite all the criticism which in many ways quite often rightly applied to the organizers and leaders of the association, this is nevertheless a severe loss for the gypsy-jazz scene in Germany.
In the last few years a number of new festivals in the field of jazz-manouche/Gypsy-Jazz in germany have been established, but nevertheless the "Django Memorial" located in Augsburg has still become almost an institution, an important meeting place for many fans and musicians of this music, a close interface between the audience and the players.
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Legendary aftershow-Sessions with top musicians from all over the world took place within the first years of the festival, sometime until the break of dawn. And lengendary shows of worldclass musicians of the genre like the Rosenberg Trio, Romane, Fapy Lafertin, Wawau Adler, Andreas Öberg, Selmer #607, Gismo Graf, Bireli Lagrene, Gonzalo Bergara a.m.m. made the programmation of the "Django Memorial Festivals" to something very special all the time over the last 25 years. Now it´s finished for good...

AndreasOberg3gismo joellocherEven more sad is the time for the cancelation cause  the festival was just recovering a bit from a few years of decline in number of visitors to both the audience as well as the number of represented musicians in the guitar exhibitions as well as in the sessions.

Another important location of jazz-manouche in Germany unfortunately has been burried. What a pity!




Selmer #607 - Anniversary songs - new Album out!

selmer607 3The long awaited album of the outstanding french formation "Selmer #607" has been released under the title "Selmer 607 Volume III - Anniversary Songs".

The release has been awaited by many Gypsyjazz-Fans for some years now, listening to it it reveals the same Qualitaty like the first two CDs "Selmer #607" and "Selmer #607 invites Stochelo".

In the cast of the new album are the great players Adrien Moignard, Sebastien Giniaux and Noé Reinhardt from the original Bandsetup. Newly added are Rocky Gresset (already known by fans) and the young Antoine Boyer.
On the Rhythm-Section some old friends show up as well: Jeremie Arranger (Bs), Ghali Hadefi and David Gastine (RytmGit) - all those three play like a "good-olied-engine" pumping and swingin, thus creating the fundamental for the Soloeskapades of the other great guitarists.

New eBook: "JM-Scales-Book"

the jm scales book 400x283The new "JM-Scales-book" is available for download for about 19,90€.

On 30 pages "JM-Scales-book" all nessesary Infos on Scales will be provided, especially those who are intersting to use on the guitar in "Jazz-Manouche" or Gypsyjazz".

The new eBook (only for download) contains 20+ scales, beginning with standards like major- and minor-Scales as well as altered-, (half-)disminished-, mixolydian-, super or ultra-locrian scales.

The book closes up with more "exotic"-scales which are also interesting for beeing utilized in (Gypsy-)Jazz, like the Gypsy-minor- or the spanish Gypsy-scale, the hungarian major- and minor-Scales, the romanian minor-Scale as well as an oriental-Scale and the wholetone-scale.

More Infos and download here

Manouche-Picks presenting the "Model Bertino" Pick

Since years i have been trying all kinds of picks for playing Gypsyjazz, the best picks i come across in years are the ones made by Jokko Descendre from Manouche-Picks.
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In 2016 Jokko asked me if i´d like to play some of his picks and i demanded him to make my own size and thickness.

So Jokko created the "Model Bertino Pick" on my demands, made from finest artificial tortoise, size in 32x23 mm, 4 - 4,5mm thick. The pick is available, amongst other models on his website for order. Price is 17,50€ (handmade!).

Check out his website www.Manouchepicks.com
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Now Available: The REAL Gypsyjazz Book

the real gypsyjazz book a5 salesThe new eBook called "The REAL Gypsyjazz Book" is available for download.
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"The REAL Gypsyjazz Book" contains Chordcharts of 322 (Gypsy-)Jazz-tunes on 228 DIN A4 or A5 pages, professionally designed and may be printed in High-resolution. The price of the eBook/pdf as Download is 24,90 € (Print-version 39,90€ available as collective Print starting from 10 users, read on for more info).

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Workshop "Modular Gypsyjazz Guitar"

modular gjgActual dates:

Module 1 - 11.03.17
Module 2 - 12.03.17
Module 3 - 22.04.17
Module 4 - 23.04.17
Module 5 - 13.05.17
Register your seat here

With his new concept "Modular Gypsyjazz Guitar" Bertino Rodman has completely changed and re-structured his previous workshop "Masterclass for Gypsyjazzguitar".

Inspired by the demands for follow-up classes of many participants and of his experience from previous workshops, the concept of his workshops have been changed into a new learning-system with 5 different closed-up modules, containing different skills and contents.

This new Masterclass-concept is interesting for beginners of the style of Gypsyjazz/Jazz-Manouche, who would enter the workshop at Module 1 and run thru the whole Workshop, as well as advanced players of the style which could jump into entering at any certain level according to their own skills and interest.

More Infos and Registration to Workshop/Modules here.

Attack on a Roma-family in Rome: 3 sisters die in a caravan

anschlag auf romafamilieIn the mid of night an unknown person throws a burning bottle onto a camper at the borders of Rome. Inside the camper 5 of the children of a Roma-family are sleeping. Three sisters cannot escape fast enough and die torturous inside of the camper. Even the pope talks about this horrorfiying attack.

The three sisters at the age of 4, 8 and 20 years died burning alive inside of a caravan was reported by the italian news-agency Ansa. In this camper the Roma-family lived with 11 children.
According to the news-agency the crown attorney of Rome is investigating at murder and derelict fire-raising.

Supposedly the attack was done as an act of revege or caused as kind of rasistical background. Italian newspapers say that members of the Roma-family have been threatened by residents of the street the attack happened in a couple of days before the attack. The officials meanwhile have evaluated a surveillance-video that shows a person throwing a burning bottle onto the camper and escaping after that.

(Source: N-TV-News, Rai 1 Uno)



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