Gadjo is the creation of acoustic string players that love playing
hard driving acoustic music. Their style of music has its roots in what
was formerly called "Hot
the 30's, Django Reinhardt and Stephan Grapelli introduced this type
of music to
France and other parts of Europe. The roots of Django's music actually
came from the America, where jazz was developing and getting a growing
audience. The songs and influences of Duke Ellington and other jazz giants
are heard in felt in the music. Django and Stephane achieved international
acclaim and recorded many original and American jazz classics, including
American pop and jazz
standards "Dinah," "Tiger Rag," "Lady Be Good," "Stardust" and "St.
Louis Blues." Reinhardt and Grappelli collaborated and wrote "Djangology," "Minor
Swing," "Bricktop," "Swing 39" and the international
Today, we have everyone from Mark O'Conner, Vasser Clements,
Jethro Burns and other great musicians carrying on the music and adding
their influences to acoustic jazz..
Members of Gadjo have broad backgrounds in music, including bluegrass,
folk and acoustic, country and ethnic music. After years of playing
various forms of music, we have "banded" together to play
the music that gets to the heart of it - the music of Gadjo!
It don't mean a thing, if it ain't got that swing.
Harry has played everything from Rock, Jazz, Bluegrass and Big
Band. He has played with Buddy spicher, Vasser Claments, Buck White
Jethro Burns. He tries to attend the the National Flat Picking Contest
annually, held in Winfiled, Kansas.
Harry has built guitars for over 10 years and performed certified
Martin Guitar luthier repair.
||Suzanne Lansford -
"Mom and Dad taught us girls about music before we could even walk.
Beginning with classical lessons,
in high school to play jazz in a night club, (shhh - don't tell Mom!)
I've had more fun with my violin than is legal in most states (I
just don't go to those states). In Chicago,
I was a member of Chicago's very fun classical / jazz / latin group,
The 3rd Coast String Quartet."
the 2003 YeeHaw Junction Bluegrass Fiddle championship. Her husband,
Frank Cunningham, lets her play in his bluegrass band called the "Cunning-Hams" (get
it?). But gypsy-style Gadjo music is her most-favorite-est,
because all those styles - jazz, classical, Latin, even Greek and
Bluegrass - they each get a cameo in Gadjo gypsy jazz.
Born in Baltimore, Maryland, moved to Florida at age 5. Began banjo
at age 18, after hearing Flatt and Scruggs. First band: Roscoe and
the Poor Boys. Began jazz interest in 2000. Harry Lives in Citrus
County, Florida and plays for banjo for the pleasure of it. Harry's
unique melodic and
jazz banjo style makes for a fine blend of acoustic jazz.
Dennis plays rhythm guitar with Gadjo. Dennis has performed
and recorded with many groups in Florida, performing music from Civil
War Era, Old Time Music, Folk, Bluegrass,
Irish and ethnic music. He has performed at many major Florida festivals
with Don Grooms, Will McLean,
New Sand Mountain Wildcats, Southwind, DiNella and Devine, and the
97th Regimental String Band, and Devine and LaRoche.
Robbie Beaumont, acoustic bass, plays many instruments and has
performed in groups and as a solo act throughout Florida. Robbie
currently plays as an acoustic act, playing bass pedals while playing
guitar. Robbie is one lean and mean bass driving machine.