> Stochelo Rosenberg
Stochelo endorses my guitars for over 10 years now. A fact that I am very proud of. He played my guitars on many concerts and recorded with them on several CD’s and DVD’s. One of the highlights was at the Django Reinhardt festival in Samois sur Seine 2003. Both Stochelo and Nous’che Rosenberg played my guitars. The show was recorded on DVD and CD. Stochelo is one of the very best in the gipsy jazz style. He has unbelievable technical skills, but is also a great composer. The thing I like most about him is that he is a modest gentle guy, and a good friend, with whome I spend a lot of time. He’s the guy next door.
> The Rosenberg Trio
The cousins Rosenberg were raised with music as most of the children born in the tribe of the Manouches, to which the three musicians Rosenberg belong.The gipsy-jazz (Jazz-Manouche or Jazz-Gitan) was given the greatest impulse by the legendary Belgian-born gipsy-guitarist Django Reinhardt (1910-1953). They listened to the records of Django and each one of them were taught by family members who were musicians as well. At age 10 Stochelo saw one of his cousins play the guitar. This boy taught Stochelo two or three chords. From that moment on he rapidly grew into an astonishing soloist. At the age of 12 Stochelo won a “gold” medal in a childrens tv-program and shortly after that he founded the Rosenberg Trio (1980) together with his cousins Nonnie and Nous’che (foto Rosenberg-trio). Backed up by the solid propulsive rhythm-guitar of Nous’che and the loyal and elegant bass of Nonnie, Stochelo’s unique, own style received wider attention. His tremendous technique and virtuosity and his fast vibrato’s, were discovered by a record company which launched the first cd of the Rosenberg Trio. In 1989 the Trio performed at the Django Reinhardt festival in Samois sur Seine, and it was there where Stochelo received the title as being the successor of his idol, Django Reinhardt.
Since that time the Rosenberg Trio performed all over the world, and although they sincerely dislike flying, they also appeared at the Montreal Jazzfestival in Canada, in Japan, in the Carnegie Hall in New York, the Rose Bowl in Los Angeles and in almost all the European Country’s. An unusual simple trio emanates with only two acoustic guitars and a bass and became a winning team! They performed with many well known musicians, like Stephane Grapelli and other famous artists like Shirley Bassey, Luciano Pavarotti and Randy Crawford invited the Trio to be their support-act. They received several Awards from the record industry and a royal award from the Dutch Queen. Line-up: Stochelo Rosenberg – sologuitar, Nous’che Rosenberg – rhythm-guitar, Nonnie Rosenberg – double bass. Visit the web site of the Rosenberg trio at : www.therosenbergtrio.com
The next video shows the Rosenberg Trio performing at the Django Reinhardt festival in Samois sur Seine 2003. The concert was recorded on DVD and CD. Both Nous’che and Stochelo play their limited edition signature models made by Eimers Guitars.
> Boulou and Elios Ferré
I met Boulou and Elios in Samois a couple of years ago. They visited my guitar stand and played my guitars. I was honoured that they asked me to build a guitar for both of them. In 2008 I delivered the guitars to the brothers in the apartment of Elios in Paris. We had a beautiful afternoon enjoying some lovely French wines, and food, while they played their instruments for hours.
The father of Boulou and Elios, Matelo Ferré and their uncles have played with Django. Matelo was well known for his walzes. I consider it an honour and highlight in my career to have build guitars for guys that belong to such an historically important family. Boulou is the most gentle and musical person I ever met. He lives music. Boulou and Elios played their Eimers guitars at the Django Reinhardt festival in Samois sur Seine 2008.
While many think of the legacy of Gypsy guitarist Django Reinhardt as a quaint footnote to the kind of jazz that was played in the cafes of Paris during the 1930s and ’40s, his legacy has lived on in players like Boulou Ferré. Born in Paris in 1951, only two years before Reinhardt’s death, Ferré had a close connection to his legacy: both his father, Pierre “Matelot” Ferret (1918-1989), and his uncle, Baro Ferret (1908-1976), played in the Quintet of the Hot Club of France with Reinhardt. “The link between Django and my family is an artistic one,” Ferré has said. “Django, with my father and my uncles, was a bit like the Pope and his bishops. Something like a trinity, religious and ritualistic.”Boulou Ferré’s brother, Elios Ferré (b. 1956), also became a noted guitarist.
Boulou Ferré started training as a guitarist as a child, and by the age of seven was transcribing Charlie Parker solos for the guitar. He played his first public concert at eight and recorded his first album as a leader at 12. As would happen a number of years later with Bireli Lagrene, his early work was lauded for the resemblance it bore to Reinhardt’s. In 1963 he attended the Conservatoire National de Paris where he studied classical music for a number of years.
In 1978 Boulou Ferré formed a duo with his brother Elios, and the two would continue to perform and record multiple albums over the next 30 years.
While Boulou Ferré’s work has a strong foundation in the work of Reinhardt, his method has stretched the original Hot Club style in divergent direction. Seldom, for instance, does Ferré rely on the “boom-chucka-boom-chucka” backdrop of the Hot Club rhythm section, and he never rushes his solos. Reinhardt would nonetheless remain a guiding light for his vision of jazz guitar. “Django was a guru for all of us,” he has said. “A master…we listened to him all the time — it’s part of our history, our world, our culture, our lifestyle.” As for his divergence from the master’s work, however, Ferré’s influences are broad and even extend beyond music. Visit the web site of the brother at: www.boulou-elios-ferre.com
Next video Boulou and Elios playing their Eimers Guitars at the Django Reinhardt festival in Samois sur Seine 2011.
> Wawau Adler
Several years ago I introduced model Antique at the Django Reinhardt festival in Samois sur Seine. Wawau saw the guitar and played it and stood beside it for the whole 4 days of the festival. Afraid that somebody would buy the guitar. He felt in love with it. That was the start of a friendship. Wawau played the guitar on stage. It became the most important guitar he ever owned so he said. In Germany (where Wawau lives) the guitar became famous. Of course because of the player and of the sound and looks of the instrument. In Canada a guitar lesson DVD was released (spring 2008) recorded where Wawau plays the guitar. This was the perfect introduction of model Antique.
Josef “Wawau” Adler was born on 25th January 1967 in Karlsruhe, Germany. He comes from a musical family. Both his uncle and his grandfather played the harp in operetta orchestras. At the age of nine Wawau started to learn the guitar. Basically, he is a self-taught guitarist and he studied the recordings of Django Rheinhardt over and over again. At the age of thirteen he was ready to play his first concert.
The tradition of Django Reinhardt and the Swing Manouche is very important to him, and so is the influence of modern jazz. He loves Charlie Parker, Wes Montgomery and Pat Martino. Although a fascinating virtuoso, Wawau believes that there are other things that count apart from technique and speed. To him, the music of the Sinti and Manouche possesses energy and fire, but he also wishes to express melancholy, nostalgia and elegance with his guitar playing.
As a leader Wawau Adler works with different ensembles. In addition to playing with his trusted rhythm section, Holzmano Winterstein, rhg, and Joel Locher, b, he frequently performs with the magnificent accordionist Marcel Loeffler. They are perfect musical partners, which can be heard on Wawau’s CDs “Wawau Adler – Back To The Roots” and “Wawau Adler – Back To The Roots Vol. 2 “. For the first time on this new album a special guest plays a few pieces together with Wawau: the great Romanian violinist Costel Nitescu whose style of playing and elegance are reminiscent of Stephane Grappelli. Visit the web site of Wawau at: www.wawau-adler.com.
> Robin Nolan Trio
I first met Robin in the days when he still played on the streets of Amsterdam. I was always fascinated by his own style within the gipsy music. Many years later we bumped into each other again. Robin was looking for a new guitar. I decided to make him one. Robin is an outstanding musician, a kind person and a great ambassador of my guitars.
Based in Amsterdam (The Netherlands), the Robin Nolan Trio (RNT) is an all-acoustic gypsy jazz band inspired by the legendary guitarist Django Reinhardt. Personally endorsed by Bill Wyman of the Rolling Stones, Willie Nelson, and the late George Harrison of The Beatles (who regularly hired them to perform at private parties on the grounds of his English country estate), RNT began as street musicians in 1991 busking the busy tourist districts of Amsterdam. They have since performed at some of the world’s most prestigious musical events including the Montreal, North Sea, Barcelona, Japan and St. Louis Jazz Festivals. Having the distinct honor of playing the world’s premier Django Tribute Festival for the third time in June 2003 at Samois-sur-Seine, France where the gypsy guitar king is laid to rest, The Trio also appeared the following month at New York’s Lincoln Center Django Festival commemorating the 50th anniversary of Reinhardt’s passing. While RNT’s inspiration lies in gypsy jazz, Latin and Hot Club de France, The Trio has a decidedly contemporary feel and fire up their music with their own expressive “je ne sais quoi.” Peppered with hypnotic rhythms and rippling melodic themes, RNT’s repertoire features jazz standards from the greatest composers of the 20th century (e.g., Ellington, Gershwin, Waller, etc.), as well as an increasing list of original compositions. Personnel:Robin Nolan (United Kingdom) – Lead Guitar Kevin Nolan (United Kingdom) – Rhythm Guitar Simon Planting (Holland) – Upright Bass. Visit Robin his web site at: www.robinnolan.com
Parisien is founded in the spring of 2004. Don Vink (model Antique) plays solo guitar, Pascal Theune (model Nous’che Rosenberg, Antique) rhythm guitars and Govert Veltkamp double bass. The bands music is inspired by great composers of the 20-th century like Duke Ellington, Fats Waller and of course Django Reinhardt. Beside standards from these composers the band also plays own material. Parisien played on many national and international stages. Amongst them the famous North sea Jazz festival. The guys are my friends for a long time. Outstanding musicians.
Visit their web site at : www.parisien.nl
> Biel Ballester
Biel was one of the first guitarists that made a serious deal out of playing gipsy jazz in Spain. He mixed Django’s music with influences from his own country. This resulted in his own style. He plays several guitars from me. Never a standard guitar, but always customized to fit his personal needs. He is one of the musicians that gives me important feedback. Together we developed a nylon string oval sound hole guitar and we have more plans for the future. Biel is a great friend, great guitar player and fine composer. Biel Ballester was born in Palma de Mallorca, Spain, in 1974. Biel studied classical guitar at the prestigious Luthier School of Barcelona, with teachers Alex Garrobé and Fernando Rodriguez. He also got private tuition from respected specialists like José Tomás, David Russell, Aniello Desiderio, Manuel Barrueco, Marco Socias, Hopkinson Smith and Jordi Savall. He graduated from Barcelona’s Conservatory in 2000.
Biel first created THE BIEL BALLESTER TRIO in 2002, combining the Django Reinhardt-based “manouche” heritage with the Mediterranean musical tradition. The band soon got well established in the Spanish club and concert circuits. Subsequent demand for his awe-inspiring style and technique enabled him to perform in other countries such as France, The United Kingdom, Holland, The United States and Germany. The guitarist has also been seen in the company of international Jazz stars such as The Rosenberg Trio, The Robin Nolan Trio, The Hot Club de Norvege, Gustav Lundgren, Stephane Wrembel, Jimmy Rosenberg, Jon Larsen and Angelo Debarre. Biel has recorded three albums as a leader so far: Echoes from Mallorca, Live in London and Bistro de Barcelona. He is also featured in many compilations like Django Festival volumes 3 & 4, produced by Hot Club Records in Oslo, Norway. Two of Ballester’s compositions, “When I was a boy” and “Your shining eyes” have been featured in Woody Allen’s film Vicky Christina Barcelona, Allen being one of Biel’s strongest fans and supporters. Vists the web site at: www.bielballestertrio.com
> Salvatore Russo
Some years ago Salvatore (Sal) decided to buy a Stochelo Rosenberg Signature model. He was (is) a famous rock guitarist in Italy with a very impressive track record. He was caught by the gipsy jazz guitar and was able to learn the style in an exceptional short period. He plays model Antique and a model Pizzarelli. (foto Salvatore Russo) He played several festivals in Italy together with Stochelo Rosenberg. Sal is a very loyal person who appreciates feedback. His knowledge of guitars and recording techniques are impressive. I admire his persistance, his talent and kindness. A great friend.
Salvatore Russo is an internationally renowned guitar player, with more than twenty years of professional and artistic experience Russo has played with some of the most important Italian singers and songwriters of our time. Such as Adriano Celentano, Antonello Venditti, Massimo Dicataldo, and others singers. As an orchestral player in several musical events broadcasted on Italian national television channels (RAI) and conducted by the most important maestros such as Celso Valli and Pino Caruso. Russo has also played with Ligabue, Cocciante, Ramazzotti, Morandi, Nannini, De Gregori, Patty Smith, Bertè, Jossoun Dour and many others. His collaboration with the legendary Spanish singer, Ana Belen, and with the bass player, Alfredo Paixao, stands out his many cooperative efforts. Salvatore Russo Gypsy Jazz Trio The SALVATORE RUSSO Gypsy Jazz Trio is an acoustic ensemble formed by Salvatore Russo (lead guitar), Franco Speciale (rhythm guitar) and Umberto Calentini (doublebass) The musical gendre is Du Hot Club De France style, Django Reinhardt, Stochelo Rosenberg, Angelo Debarre and others guitarist. Their recent collaboration with the Dutch guitar player, Stochelo Rosenberg, is a very important experience for the trio that changed the line-up into a quartet. They often perform in Italy in both headlining concerts and also in Jazz festivals. Visit Sal his web site at: www.salvatorerusso.com
> Gismo Graf Trio
Gismo Graf plays Eimers Guitars model Antique, Joshi Graf plays Eimers Guitars Stochelo Rosenberg Signature Model. Gismo Graf, a Sinti gypsy, is 18 years old. He already earned a reputation of one of the promising guitar players in the gypsy style. He learned to play gypsy guitar from his father Joshi at the age of 6. As Sinti gypsies their roots are going back to the great Django Reinhardt. Of course their biggest influence. Gismo recorded 2 CD’s. The first under the band name ‘16 gypsy strings’ and the latest one under his own name the Gismo Graf Trio. His father Joshi plays rhythm guitar and Joel Locher plays double bass. Check out his nice web site at www.gismo-graf.de
> Ralph Armstrong
In 2010 the excellent saxophone player James Carter played at the Django Reinhardt festival in Samois. One of his band members was the world famous bass player Ralph Armstrong. He played my acoustic bass model Vola, which he took back to the states to play.
Ralphe Armstrong was born into a family of musicians, and with the help of classical training as a child at the at Michigan’s Interlochen School of Fine Arts. He was a professional musician before he had finished his teens. His early career placed him with a wide range of musicians, most notably jazz fusion acts Mahavishnu Orchestra and Jean-Luc Ponty and Frank Zappa. Later, he took time out to raise his children, but soon returned, playing jazz, funk, and even hip-hop, with the likes of Eddie Harris, James Carter, Curtis Mayfield, Earl Klugh Trio and D-12. He a teacher at the Oberlin Conservatory.