As we did last year, we’ll be offering a full day of facilitated jamming on this year’s Core Repertoire on Tuesday June 11, before Django Camp officially gets under way. We call that daylong warm-up, “Meet, Greet and Play All Day.” It provides a great way to get yourself connected with other campers and jamming before things get busy. You can learn more about this and other special Tuesday offerings here.
Our “Core Repertoire” consists of a collection of tunes you can use to prepare for Django Camp. If you don’t learn them, you won’t be alone and you’ll be fine. But if you do it will be that much easier to find people to jam with while you are here. And since the teachers know we’ve recommended these tunes to you they may choose to use them in their classes. So working on these songs well in advance of Django in June is a good investment of time and energy.
Our Core Repertoire is divided into two “tiers of standard Gypsy Jazz songs and a special “Tier Privat”:
In 2018 Jack Soref put together a booklet of 24 Gypsy Jazz Standards available in three formats. Tier 1 is all about learning the most commonly known tunes, so we’ll use this booklet again in 2019. Download it here in the format of your choice, then read on for other resources we’re making available to help you learn them:
For everyone: Swing by this page for reference recordings and play-along rhythm tracks for all the tunes in that booklet:
For Rhythm Guitarists: Jack Soref has prepared a companion booklet for guitarists with some suggested chord voicings to use on each of the 24 GJ Standards. He has also produced a video with demos of many of these chord voicings and helpful pointers for people learning them for the first time. Here’s the link to the chord-shape companion booklet, and below that you have Jack’s video.
The list below shows a few tunes we’ve selected as “Tier 2” Core Repertoire for 2019. You can access the support materials by following the hyperlinked title of any tune. Be sure to check out the “Tier Privat” repertoire as well. You’ll find those just below these four.
You think accordion music is just for accordionists? Think again, friends! We’re celebrating the 100th birthday anniversary of Jo Privat this year, so we invite players of every instrument to check out this repertoire from Jo’s classic recording, Manouche Partie and plan to get in on that action at DiJ 2019. The tunes below are listed by style and by how difficult they are. All are totally possible to pull off but Mystérieuse and Rêve Bohémien might be the easiest to start with.
These solo transcriptions by Denis Chang are taken from Matelo Ferret’s playing on the classic Jo Privat recording, Manouche Partie. We’re guessing you already know the tunes, yes? So deepen your Gypsy jazz improvisational vocabulary by trying your hand at these inventive solos by one of the pioneering giants of the jazz manouche tradition.