Gypsy Jazz Workshop & Mini-jam

Don Price and Giorgi Khokhobashvili

Music One 2:00-3:00

Don Price and Giorgi Khokhobashvili will teach the basics of the Django Reinhardt and Stephane Grappelli style of Gypsy Jazz.

Giorgi started playing violin at Giorgi2age seven in his native country of Georgia, where he went through classical European violin school. At fifteen years old he was getting ready to apply to conservatory, but decided to travel to the US instead. Settling in Sacramento area ten years ago, Giorgi started teaching violin and performing with a variety of bands, ranging from folk to funk and classic jazz. However, it was the music of Stephane Grappelli and Django Reinhardt that captured his attention. Giorgi has been dedicated to the Gypsy Jazz style, playing and teaching jazz violin for the past few years.

Don Price is the lead guitarist for Jazz Gitan, a gypsy swing guitar Don7based 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 Yahoo group 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.