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Teachers and/or influences?
Django Reinhardt, Stéphane Grappelli, ...And the gypsy family life!
I knew I wanted to be a musician when...
I arrived on earth :)
Your sound and approach to music:
Getting your own sound, that's rule N° 1!
Your teaching approach:
Train by ear, and learn to play slow before you try to go fast.
Your dream band:
Any good people to jam with.
Road story: Your best or worst experience:
One day, we were just beginning to play as professionals, we performed at the Montreal Jazz festival, and someone came to tell us that Stéphane Grappelli wanted to talk with us. He had seen us perform and he told us we were the best band he ever saw in that style, and wanted to work with us! This man was our hero, along with Django, and he became a friend! That was an unbelievable and unforgettable moment.
There are too many to mention even a few.
Your favorite recording in your discography and why?
The upcoming one ! Definitely ! It's the most completely Django-ed and yet radically different at times, with great sound, and an ambitious form, with 24 tunes and a bonus 57 minute documentary... We haven't done anything like this before, really, and it's an exciting project.
The first Jazz album I bought was:
An album by guess who... Django!
What do you think is the most important thing you are contributing musically?
Of course it's the preservation of Django Reinhardt and Stéphane Grappelli's heritage.
Did you know...
Stochelo's Selmer guitar, numbered 504, is the closest existing "sister" of Django Reinhardt's famous Selmer 503, now a national museum piece in France. Only 900 of these guitars were built between 1932 and 1952, all bearing unique serial numbers. Numbers 502,503,504 and possibly a couple more were made especially for Django Reinhardt himself and bear his name on headstock, waiting for Django to choose one...
CDs you are listening to now:
Lots of new stuff on jazz radios, and gipsy jazz.
Desert Island picks:
Django's solo sessions Joe Pass
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