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:
All the Tier 1 tunes listed here are in the two Gypsy Jazz Standards booklets Jack Soref has prepared. There are links further down the page that allow you to download these booklets in the format of your choice. ALL of the tunes in those booklets are good to know for jamming, but here are 8 we will give special attention to in 2024:
At the time this is being written (mid-January) Jack is still working on the charts for these four “Tier 2” tunes. When those charts are ready we’ll post them here and alert anyone who has already registered for Django Camp.
All the Tier 1 tunes listed above — plus a bunch of other very common GJ tunes — can be found in these two booklets. Just choose your prefered format.
Jack, with some help from other friends of DiJ, has prepared other support materials for people learning the tunes in Vol. 1 of Gypsy Jazz Standards, and these are listed below. Feel free to make use of whatever is useful to you.
Swing by this page for reference recordings and play-along rhythm tracks for all the tunes in Volume 1 of Jack’s Gypsy Jazz Standards.
Here’s a companion booklet for guitarists with some suggested chord voicings to use on each of the 24 GJ Standards.