A Little Jazz Manouche

We were joined by my brother and his wife for a  performance at the small, intimate l’Apostrophe jazz club in Paris was nothing short of spectacular. It was a jam session, and musicians walked on and off the stage after beginning with two guitars and a bass, then the gentleman that was sitting beside us with his young son, pulled out his clarinet and moved to the stage to join in. Later, violins and an accordion and different guitarists came on stage, yet there were never more than five musicians playing at any one time.

The music is considered Gypsy Jazz or Jazz Manouche made famous by Romani guitarist Jean “Django” Reinhardt (1910–53), in conjunction with the French swing violinist Stéphane Grappelli (1908–97).  We made reservations for dinner & concert, but it was free entrance with “participation in the hat”. The dinner and wine was very good, but the music was incredible.

The following are audio clips recorded during the performance:

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  1. I enjoyed your concert too, sadly my kitchen doesn’t serve such delicious foods! Love Gypsy Jazz!

  2. We were so fortunate to be there in person with Chris and Jeannie. I do have to say that my dinner included Potatos Dauphanaise, probably the best thing I had to eat on this trip to Paris.

    As Chris mentioned, the music was superb!

  3. AMAZING music!! These people are so talented! (And so are you!) Thanks for sharing.

  4. Good Stuff! Thanks!

  5. Glad to see you are world travelers again. Music sounds fabulous. Lucky you. I was in Paris in 2004 and loved it. Recently relived the trip through my scrapbooks. My daughter and I are going to Iceland in Oct. Looking forward to getting out of the country again.

  6. Wow what a great find. Thanks for sharing the music.

  7. This was a very unexpected pleasure! Thank you so very much for sharing your experience with us.

  8. Lean in to the sounds. What a great beginning of this adventure for ya’ll. It was meant to be!

  9. Fabulous, Richard and Nataliya are going to be in Paris in September.

  10. Thank you!

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