About

The all-acoustic ensemble Jazz Gitan plays a modern variant of 1930-1940’s Django Reinhardt-inspired gypsy jazz.
They carry on the tradition of gypsy swing created by Django together with Stephane Grappelli during their domination of the Paris jazz scene. Composer and lead guitarist Don Price mixes a cascade of original sounds with the Parisian influence. The music includes latin, blues, swing, and original styles combined to create a unique foot tapping and high energy experience. The title track from the CD, "Djangit", was included on Hot Club Records magnificient collection of the latest Django
influenced musicians from around the world, called "Django Festival 9."
Jazz Gitan consists of Don Price on lead guitar with Giorgi Khokhobashvili on violin as
the primary tour de force, with rotaing rhythm and bass players. The music is heavily
influenced by the Reinhardt/Grappelli mix in the Hot Club of France, as well as the popular
music of contemporary players in this genre such as Bireli LaGrene, John Jorgenson,
Robin Nolan, and The Rosenberg Trio. Don’s original compositions inspire in a way that
very little music does. He has lavished such care on each melody, built each arrangement
with such lapidary precision and pared away anything extraneous, the music becomes
sculpture-esk. It has weight, density, gravity. This is serious music...and deeply moving,
whether it be a ballad or a "barn" burner.

Gitan is pronounced  jee-tawn

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DON PRICE - Guitarist/Band Leader

Don

Don first learned music from his mother, who was a professional musician playing in many group settings. Don started to learn guitar and during his youth played with various bands in various styles. He discovered the blues, country, rock, fusion, jazz, and gypsy music. Over the years he has had the honor and privilege to learn from and play with the following musicians:
  • Al Dimeola
  • B.B. King
  • Dick Grove
  • Don Mock
  • Frank Gambale
  • Frank Vignola
  • Vinnie Raniola
  • Jimmy Bruno
  • Joe Pass
  • Larry Coryell
  • Les doigts de l'homme
  • Neil Andersson
  • Robin Nolan
  • Simon Planting
Over the decades, He went deeply into each new style. He went on to get his bachelor's degree in music, play in studio settings, teaching music theory and guitar in College, but his enthusiasm for playing Django’s music began to grow after being introduced to European gyspy performers. He finally decided to concentrate on this specific style in depth. In 2011 Jazz Gitan opened at DjangoFest in Mill Valley CA - a long time thrill because Don was directly involved in the original DjangoFest in WA back in 2000. Don is available for both ensemble and trio performance as well as teaching in gypsy jazz workshops and clinics. He is on the Recommended Teachers Listing for the University of Southern California and was a Faculty member of The Guitar Activity Center, teaching at Music Stores, Charter Schools, Community College, and is a graduate of The Dick Grove School of Music

Contact Don at: don@jazzgitan.com