Caravan Gypsy Jazz backing track



Here is a backing track that I have made for the song ‘Caravan’. This is a gypsy jazz style version with a samba/latin A section and swingin’ B.  It is not in the original key of F minor, but the key of D minor as this the key it often played in when used in a  Django style. This backing track is inspired by the Rosenberg Trio version.

Sweet Georgia Brown

Haven’t shared much on here from the main band I play in, Swing from Paris.  Last night we had a band practice and decided to arrange this old jazz standard from the 1920s. Here is the end result:


Half step Whole step Diminished Licks

So I’ve been playing around with the half step whole step diminished scale trying to figure out what to do with it. I find this scale and the whole tone scale so fitting to patterns that it can be hard to come up with anything that doesn’t sound like a musical exercise!

That in mind, I’ve written out a few lines that would work over a diminished chord or over E7, G7, Bb7 and Db7. I have these in mind for jazz/gypsy jazz soloing. Check out the lines Diminished ideas.

IGGF 2013


The IGGF (International Gypsy Guitar Festival) lineup for 2013 has been announced! Held in Gossington in a field off the A38, IGGF is the UK’s premier Gypsy Guitar gathering. I will be performing with both Swing from Paris and Moscow Drug Club on the Saturday. Fapy Lafterin is heading up the line-up on the Saturday, a guitarist I’ve wanted to see for years.

The festival takes place on the last weekend in July and for more info head to the IGGF website website here.

Gypsy Style Licks

I’ve been working on my jazz vocabulary recently and have decided to share some of these lines. Some of these take inspiration from Charlie Christian whilst others are my own lines. There are a mixture of Major sixth lines, dominant 7th and pentatonic style lines.

Jazz Licks for Lulu Swing PDF

It can be quite hard learning new lines and actually putting them to use in jam or gig situation. I think the following helps:

  • Learn them in more than one key and more than one position
  • Analyse what is going on harmonically e.g is it just chord tones or are there extensions/chromatic notes etc?
  • Practice them in a context of a song. For these licks I’ve applied them to the gypsy jazz standard ‘Lulu Swing’

I hope they are of use to some budding gypsy jazz players out there! Dennis Chang (Canadian Gypsy Jazz educator) has a great YouTube backing track for practice use which can be found here. A link to a chord chart can be found here. To leave you here is a video of Django’s grandson David and Sammy Daussat playing ‘Lulu Swing’.