1:00pm / April, 12th 2015View Map
Accordionist Norbert Slama cut his musical teeth as a youth in post-World II Paris. This recording showcases his mastery of bal mussette and Gypsy swing, ala Django Reinhardt, Mussette is a waltz style that became popular in France in the early Twentieth Century. Gypsy jazz was the result of musicians who came up playing mussette and other styles in the French gypsy tradition becoming interested in American jazz in the 1930s.
Slama shows his mastery of the accordion in the tradition of Gus Viseur and Jo Privat, two great French accordionists who came to prominence in the 1930s and 1940s, fusing the waltz style with swing. The recording features some of their compositions, and well as swing tunes by Reinhardt, and a Slama original.