Right around the 30 thousand mark I lost count of the subscribers to Adrian Holovaty’s youtube channel. You’ll find all sorts of music there, from fingerstyle arrangements of Beatles tunes to Aerosmith covers to…well, this: a gypsy jazz arrangement of the Super Mario Odyssey theme song, “Jump Up, Super Star!” Listen up, o ye doubters.
Formerly Chicagoans, Adrian and his family have been living in Amsterdam for a couple years now and I fear we may may never get them back. Hard to compete with a city with sane transportation, really good sandwiches, and health care for all. Plus, there are gigs to be had with great GJ musicians. Here’s some audio from one such gig with our old friend Jan Brower on rhythm. If you don’t already know this tune, you should: J’attendrai.
Adrian’s day job is “building Soundslice, trying to make the best possible product for online music learning.” Wondering just how cool this product is? Here’s a link to his Soundslice version of Ben Givan & Jack Soref’s transcription of Django’s 1947 solo on “Anniversary Song.” Note just two cool features among many: you can play this back at any speed you want; select any section to loop playback.
Adrian also posts lick transcriptions on a near-daily basis to his Soundslice channel. Lots of stuff to learn there, and all for free:
Adrian Holovaty was one of the first Django Campers to make the transition from student to teacher. He’s a very busy guy with not only a serious business to attend to, but a wife, a kid… you know, a life. So he serves us all as living proof that mere mortals can indeed get really good at playing in this style. Let him tell you how he did it a Django Camp this summer.