American & Gipsy Swing

Jazz & Swing

The origins of jazz music lie in swing – groovy, danceable music that flourished in both America and Europe and was largely influenced by the guitar. Django Reinhardt, who founded Jazz Manouche with the “Hot Club de France” (a quintet of string instruments),   is certainly the most famous representative. But Freddie Green and Charlie Christian, who played guitar in the big bands of the era, are also icons of the style. 

We take up these traditional elements again, but are also able to play subtle dinner jazz or atmospheric ballads from the genre at any time:

“Mackie Messer” is the most famous piece of music from Berthold Brecht’s “Threepenny Opera” and plays excellently in a guitar duo.

Other songs in this style:

  • Don´t get around much anymore (Duke Ellington)
  • Hit the road Jack (Ray Charles)
  • Fly me to the moon 

“Take Five” is an absolute jazz classic. The pianist Dave Brubeck and the saxophonist Paul Desmond combine a catchy melody with interesting rhythms. 

Other songs in this style:

  • Autumn Leaves (Joseph Kosma)
  • All Blues (Miles Davis)
  • Georgia on my mind (H. Carmichael)
Charlie Chaplin was a great music lover and was often involved in the scoring of his films. He wrote the ballad “Smile” for his classic 1936 film “Modern Times.”

Other songs in this style:
  • Don´t know why (Norah Jones)
  • Tenderly (Gross / Lawrence)
  • Misty (Errol Garner)

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