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Gypsy Jazz from the DeAngelo Trio

Written by Cary Burkett, Arts & Culture Desk and WITF Host | Jun 20, 2013 3:25 PM


The DeAngelo Trio is a father and sons family band which specializes in a style of music known as “gypsy jazz”, also known as “hot club jazz” or “gypsy swing”. The music grew out of European night clubs in the 1930’s, most famously the Hot Club de France where gypsy guitarist Django Reinhardt and violinist Stéphane Grappelli created musical innovations that would define the style.

 Cory DeAngelo and his older son Sam both play guitars. Younger son Joe has been playing violin since the third grade.  Cory discovered the gypsy jazz musical style while on a trip to Croatia, and realized that it was a style of music they could all play together.

They began to practice together listening to recordings of other gypsy jazz bands. They furthered their training by attending the Django in June summer camps in New England which offer master classes in the style and a chance to jam with other gypsy jazz groups. Now the DeAngelo Trio performs at various events and private parties around the area.

You can hear some of their recordings at their website, and below, listen to our interview with the trio.  

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