Gypsy Jazz Rhythm Jam
Don Price, assisted by Ken Billeci & Jane Thompson
Sunday, June 9, 2013, 12:00pm
Jam Room - Room #317

This hands-on jam will be geared toward all players. The trio Jazz Gitan will play songs from the Django Reinhardt/gypsy jazz repertoire, and attendees will be able to display their skills. The jam will be divided into two camps: rhythm and soloist. Players will be invited to perform in a round style approach where everyone gets a chance to improvise. This is a no pressure, hands-on opportunity to play your heart out. A play-along book with chord charts is available for purchase, but it is suggested participants bring a pencil and paper to take notes. All types of instrumentation are accepted, but be ready to play! This will be a hot gypsy jazz jam!

Jam tunes include:

  • Belleville
  • Blues For Ike
  • Daphne
  • Dark Eyes
  • Exactly Like You
  • Minor Swing
  • Swing de Paris
  • Swing 42

Don Price is the lead guitarist for Jazz Gitan, a gypsy swing guitar based trio performing the music of Django Reinhardt and contemporary Gypsy Jazz. As a music educator and professional musician, Don has over 35 years experience and two books to his credit. He was a faculty member for GAC (Guitar Activity Center) and is on the recommended teachers list at the University of Southern California. Don has worked with numerous artists, including B. B. King, Al DiMeola, Simon Planting, and many others. As a part of the original Djangofest event started in Washington, Don created the popular 3,000+ members Yahoogroup called "gypsyjazzguitar" to network with players and fans interested in this high energy form of acoustic swing-jazz. As a result, Don has gained insight from instruction from some top gypsy players such as Robin Nolan, Stochelo Rosenberg, Paul Mehling and others. Don is currently working on his third book on gypsy jazz.

More info at You can contact Don by email at or by phone at 916-225-5527.