I will be playing double bass for the East West Hot Club this week, on Thursday Night 18th October. The occasion is the Evening of Jazz Manouche, a warm up for the annual OzManouche Gypsy Jazz festival, held here in Brisbane. There are some great local Gypsy Jazz bands on the programme for Thursday night, including fantastic local guitarists Ewan Mackenzie and Cameron Ford. The East West Hot Club features the very talented Sean Quinlan and Henry Wang on guitars, with myself on double bass. It will be a great night!
The location is the Black Bear Lodge in the Valley, more details from the link below!
For more info on the OzManouche festival, see the following link!
This is a practice track for beginning to intermediate guitarists and bass players! The Waves of the Danube was also recorded as “Anniversary Song” and appears under that name in the recordings of jazz guitarist Django Reinhardt. This track is at a very slow 90 bpm, so beginning and intermediate players can work the changes with plenty of time to get their arpeggios working! In Gypsy Jazz circles, it is played much more quickly, but you have to practice slow in order to play quick! Enjoy!
Waves of the Danube
Here is a great resource for people wanting to learn Gypsy Jazz. Stephane Wremble is a Gypsy Jazz guitarist born in France, and now living in Brooklyn. He has compiled a set of play-a-long backing tracks for a set of Gypsy Jazz standards, accessible from http://www.stephanewrembel.com/play-alongs/ .