The UK based DjangoSolos team are a small group of talented Gypsy Jazzers dedicated to bringing the best in Gypsy Jazz tutorials to the web, ready to download.
We've already partnered with Colin Cosimini bringing his unique expertise onto the site in the form of his authentic Gypsy Jazz Chord Charts & Backing Tracks.
New to the site is a series of video eLessons by Stuart Blagden, one of UK's top Gypsy Jazz players. Also a Violin eLessons by James McGee. The first lessons are available for download now.
In the pipeline are some great DVDs and more downloadable video lessons & transcriptions. So bookmark djangosolos.com and visit us again...
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'Colin is an extremely accomplished guitarist in this genre of music with full mastery of both rhythm and lead playing.
He developed his techniques through living and playing with gypsy musicians in Paris. Extremely well versed in the subtleties and nuances of this style, his scope of playing covers the full gamut of arpeggios, chord substitutions, passing chords, accents, off beats etc.
Colin's playing continues to evolve and develop as he both accompanies and is accompanied by some of his leading European contempories eg Moreno, Matcho Winterstein, etc. While being primarily Django influenced, this is supplemented by an eclectic diversity in his playing taking in South American, Latin and modern jazz rhythms and idioms.
Accordingly, it is fair to say that of all the UK based gypsy guitarists, Colin is at the absolute fore in terms of his mastery and accomplishment.
Finally, his ability is augmented by a selfless desire and willingness to further the playing of others eg through his excellent books and teaching while, at the same time, exhibiting an inordinate patience with those not blessed with his talents!'
'The 'numero uno' Gypsy Jazz guitarist in the UK' Hank Marvin
'...a great player! Sounds just like the real thing.' Robin Nolan
Stuart recently featured in an article for The Independent written by Michael Church when he dropped in on one of the Tuesday night jam sessions at the Battersea based Le Quecumbar, here's what he wrote:
'... I drop in on one of the QuecumBar's jam sessions. With potted palms, turn-of-the-century mirrors, and walls covered with photos of Gypsy swing's greats, the place does look a bit preserved in aspic, but when the bassist George Trebar and guitarist Stuart Blagden set off on an exploratory riff, the joint starts to jump.
Blagden, who began life as a classical guitarist, tells me that ever since he fell in love with Django's sound, he has been trying to combine it with bebop. As he warms to his task, it's clear he's doing just that. His finger-picking gets hotter and faster, his rhythm guitarist generates huge momentum, and the old jazz standards and Django numbers pour out in ever more harmonically inventive guises.
... So, museum culture be damned. Gypsy swing is alive and well...'
Gypsy Jazz Jam Session, QuecumBar, London fivestar By Michael Church, Published: 06 January 2006
James McGee GSMD B.Mus Violin Classical and Jazz. An experienced teacher in both classical and jazz, with extensive performance experience.
Chord Charts Compiled by Colin Cosimini:
Example Chord Chart eBook 'All Of Me' (PDF)
Chord Audio Example by Colin Cosimini:
Backing Tracks by The Cosimini Trio:
Guitars, Colin Cosimini. Double Bass, George Trebar.
Example Backing Track 'Django's Tiger' (MP3)