Gypsy jazz with pianist, Chris Coogan and violinist Ben Dean: exploring the music of Stephan Grapelli and Django Reinhardt.


Per popular jazz pianist Chris Coogan: Ben and I do gypsy jazz popularized by Stephan Grapelli and Django Reinhardt. They were famous of course in Europe as a very continental way to approach jazz with heavy overtones of gypsy music in there as well.

Evocative and compelling, at times sounding like a transitional music between Dixieland and Swing and other times the violin recalls the gypsy tradition with eastern European influences. Ben is a local of New Haven and has toured with Caravan of Thieves, a gypsy jazz act and Chris Coogan is a local jazz pianist from Weston. They will both transport you to a more genteel time of continental sophistication.

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