Jazz Gitan (pronounces “J’tawn”) is an acoustic jazz ensemble that carries on the tradition of gypsy swing created by Django Reinhardt together with Stephane Grappelli during their domination of the Paris jazz scene in the 1930s. The music of Jazz Gitan is the swinging jazz of the ’30s and ’40s, plus a cross-section of songs from the modern Gypsy Jazz repertoire and Original compositions by lead guitarist/bandleader, Don Price. It includes Latin, blues, swing, and original styles combined to create a unique foot tapping and high energy Parisian influenced experience.
Don Price was first taught music by his mother who was a professional musician, performing with players in the 1940-50s including Hank Garland, Bob Wills, and a host of others. Having grown up on all styles of music, Don has played music ranging from rock, blues, country, swing and jazz, and everything in between. With a degree in music education, he is on the recommended teacher’s list for University of Southern California, and a faculty member of the Guitar Activity Institute in California. As a teacher/educator in Jazz Studies, Don now offers workshops and clinics in Gypsy Jazz for schools, music stores, and anyone interested in learning about le jazz hot!