What We Do
Gypsy jazz is a style of lively swing music that was created by the great manouche Gypsy guitarist Django Reinhardt in Paris in the 1930s. Elements of this style include infectious rhythms, engaging melodies, lively improvisations, and lovely acoustic timbres which can include guitar, upright bass, violin, and clarinet. Django’s original band from the 1930’s included virtuoso violinist Stéphane Grappelli and was called Quintette du Hot Club de France. The Gypsy jazz sound is now wildly popular with “hot club” bands enjoying success in cities all over the world. Local guitarist Steve Wohlrab is delighted to bring the sounds of Gypsy jazz to Sylva, North Carolina.
Steve Wohlrab Bio
Steve Wohlrab served as Professor of Jazz Guitar at Western Carolina University from 2005-2017. He has worked as a professional guitarist for more than 30 years and has performed with such nationally known artists as Sister Sledge, Clay Aiken, Peaches and Herb, Jaco Pastorius, The Temptations, and Carol Channing. He is a graduate of Boston’s prestigious Berklee College of Music and has a master’s degree in music from the University of Miami.
Steve spent the summer of 2017 in Samois-Sur-Seine France attending the Django Reinhard Festival. He used the opportunity to attend master classes in Gypsy jazz, learn repertoire, techniques, and jam with Gypsy jazz musicians from all over the world.
In July 2019, Steve attended a three-day extensive workshop headed by David Reinhardt, grandson of Django Reinhardt. On July 7, Steve performed with David and other musicians at the Festival Django Reinhardt in Fontainbleau, France.