La Valse Des Niglos

This year marks the 100th anniversary of Jo Privat’s birth so we’ll be giving special attention to his work—especially his album, ‘Manouche Partie,’ to which our guests Swing of France have recently recorded a tribute. The Gusti Malha composition, La Valse des Niglos, is included on that recording with Matelot Ferret on guitar.  The melody we’re providing is inspired by a chart Erwan Mellec (of Swing of France) shared with us, but the tune is fertile ground for countless variations. Check out the examples below for inspiration on how you want to interpret this accessible, delightful waltz.

Lead Sheets

La Valse des Niglos Standard and TAB

La Valse des Niglos Standard

La Valse des Niglos Standard Bb

La Valse des Niglos Chord Shapes

Play-Along Tracks

Swing from France’s backing track:

Martin Gioanni’s Backing Track:

Romane’s backing track feat. Alice Bassié:

Reference Recordings:

Jo Privat from ‘Manouche Partie”

Swing From France feat. Daniel Givone


Samy Daussat and Frank Anastasio

Le Trio Ferret