Of Ham Hands and Virtuosi

For the last 2 months we’ve been uploading material to the Get Ready section of this website in hopes they will help you make the most of your time at Django in June. These include lead sheets, of course, which you can use to get the chord progression and a passable melody under your fingers. So far, so […]

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Get busy. Get ready!

Behind the scenes several people have been busy preparing materials that will help you get in on the fun at Django in June 2017. Just last night I uploaded the first batch of said material: lead sheets, backing tracks and multiple solo transcriptions for the first of this year’s Core Repertoire, the Cole Porter classic, “Night […]

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Getting Ready?

One of the ways an event like Django in June can serve you as a player is by giving you something to get ready for. Ideally, you’ll have gotten your instructional money’s worth before you even get here! People come up with all sorts of creative ways to make use of DiJ in this way. […]

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Why You Should Be Stalking Christiaan van Hemert

(Photo right: CvH being stalked by DiJ regular Emmett Mahoney) Answer: because there are so many ways to “follow” him—through the Rosenberg Academy, his own Hemert Academy, his youtube channel, his facebook page, etc—that doing so pretty much amounts to stalking. And yes, you should, if you are interested in a drip feed of very […]

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Top 10 Licks from Christiaan & Brad

Christiaan van Hemert of the Rosenberg Academy and Brad Brose  will both be on staff at Django Camp this summer and they have teamed up for this video dedicated to Django in June featuring 10 of their favorite Gypsy jazz licks. What they are sharing is very accessible and widely applicable so have a look. […]

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Greetings from Sébastien Giniaux.

I’ve asked Brad Brose, currently residing in Paris, to record a series of informal videos with some of the French artists who will be joining us at Django in June this year. I told him, ” Just have fun and tell your guest to say hi to folks.”  So here’s some fun, a hello, and some […]

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What this space is for

Some time in January every year, this website is more or less updated. We have our dates and know what dorms we’ll be in. We’ve hired most of the artists who will be with us come June.  We’re ready to start taking registrations. This post is being written at the very moment I’m describing. Let the […]

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photo credit: Meghan Hoagland

Well, hello.

Throughout this website, if you encounter an “I”, well here I am: Andrew Lawrence, at your service. I started Django in June in 2004, the year after my first visit to the Festival Django Reinhardt in  Samois-sur-Seine, France. What I saw and heard in the campgrounds there—where all the jamming was happening—convinced me that I was […]

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Web props

A few days before the new Django in June website goes live, here I am learning how to add content to this bloggy area we will dedicate to “Updates.” The first update seems pretty obvious…”Hey, check out this new website!” I hope your experience with it thus far has been, at a minimum, stress free and […]

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