For the last few years Brad Brose has headed west to attend Django in June from his home in Paris. That’s the dream of many a Django-lover, of course, but know this: Paris is where really serious Gypsy jazz players from North America have to be prepared to go from being a big fish in a small pond to getting eaten for breakfast. It takes courage; it takes dedication; and it helps if you fall in love…not only with the music, but with someone French. Brad qualifies on all counts. Transatlantic Swing, indeed.
The first time Brad came to Django in June it was from the other direction, east from LA. That was 2014, and he was here as a camper. The following year we put him to work, asking him to not only teach in person, but by video before the event. He made a series of video etudes you can still find on youtube. Here’s one on the GJ standard, I’ll See You In My Dreams.
Now he serves as one of our ambassadors in Paris, teaches workshops at La Chope des Puces, plays in several groups, sits in with everyone you’ve ever heard of, and leads his own fine group, Cat-A-Strophe.