Grappling with Grappelli : contemporary jazz violin pedagogy and the legacy of gypsy jazz

Sykes, TG and Poutiainen, A 2020, 'Grappling with Grappelli : contemporary jazz violin pedagogy and the legacy of gypsy jazz' , Jazz Research Journal, 13 (1-2) , pp. 151-177.

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Abstract

The violin has been played in jazz from the beginning of the music's history, and yet ithas, until relatively recently, been somewhat neglected as a significant jazz instrumentin terms of both performance and education. One style of jazz in which the violin is significantis so-called 'gypsy jazz', which originated with the formation of Le Quintette duHot-club de France in the early 1930s featuring gypsy guitarist Django Reinhardt andviolinist Stéphane Grappelli. The success of this group led to Grappelli being consideredcentral to jazz violin and gypsy jazz, and the gypsy jazz style-initially a Frenchphenomenon-being equated with jazz violin as the everyday aesthetic of jazz violin.The number of successful French jazz violinists following Grappelli (including Jean-LucPonty and Didier Lockwood) has led to the idea of a 'French school' of jazz violin, and anumber of recently published jazz violin tutor books base their approach on the premisethat the Grappelli swing style is central to jazz violin, despite many contemporaryjazz violinists choosing to play in more modern styles. The authors critically considerthe existence of a 'French school' of jazz violin and whether teaching the Grappelli styleis an effective approach to jazz violin pedagogy.

Item Type: Article
Additional Information: ** From Crossref via Jisc Publications Router **Journal IDs: pissn 1753-8637; eissn 1753-8645 **History: issued 12-10-2019; published_online 12-10-2019
Schools: Schools > School of Arts & Media
Journal or Publication Title: Jazz Research Journal
Publisher: Equinox Publishing
ISSN: 1753-8645
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Date Deposited: 24 Feb 2020 13:34
Last Modified: 21 Apr 2020 13:42
URI: http://usir.salford.ac.uk/id/eprint/56496

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