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Summary, Episode 13:
His roots lie in Gypsy Swing music, the style pioneered in the 1930s by the legendary jazz guitarist Django Reinhardt. Joscho Stephan has not merely absorbed this music, but also interprets it on the highest level and is actively engaged in extending its boundaries.
He has toured Australia with top guitarists Martin Taylor and Tommy Emmanuel and has performed with his own bands (trio to quintett) on numerous important European festivals (among others in Slovenia, Italy, France, Poland and the UK) and of course on all the important Django Reinhardt Festivals.
His debut album was named CD of the month by American Guitar Player magazine (July 2000.) Acoustic Guitar magazine wrote that Joscho Stephan represented the future of the Gypsy jazz guitar tradition (May 2004.)
In this episode Joscho and I chat about his early influences, current projects, guitars, picks, his online Gypsy Jazz Academy, keeping the “fire” in creativity and more…enjoy!
(Time stamps are for audio version of the podcast.)
- 2:11 Welcome Joscho!
- 3:20 His interest in different styles & his fathers influence
- 4:08 Joscho’s early classical guitar lessons
- 5:00 His interest in improvisation
- 5:17 Discovering Django Reinhardt
- 9:38 His philosophy “music is a language”
- 11:26 We talk about his online school https://gypsyguitaracademy.com
- 16:12 Joscho gives me (and us) a lesson on 6th chords
- 21:00 I ask Joscho use the left hand pinky…or just 3 fingers, and why?
- 27:52 Picks – what’s best for Gypsy Jazz Guitar?
- 30:28 Joscho talks about his Juergen Volkert D Hole guitar
- 33:09 His latest direct to disc (as in vinyl) recording
- 36:10 How the audience’s presence affects the bands sound
- 37:50 MUSIC TRACK – Joscho, Tommy Emmanuel & his band play “Blues for Tommy”
- 41:08 Joscho’s “other” playing styles
- 43:38 What’s in Joscho’s guitar collection?
- 45:16 He talks about his recording of “Hey Joe” on the “Guitar Heroes” CD (800K youtube views!)
- 48:23 Joscho’s combination concept for music projects
- 50:18 What are Joscho’s hobbies outside music?
- 51:38 How he started collecting vinyl LP’s
- 53:42 Joscho’s convertible & enjoying it
- 53:26 We talk about staying healthy & in shape on the road
- 56:42 Staying “on fire” regarding creativity & attitude
- 57:39 What advice can Joscho give musicians about practicing, rehearsal & stage performance?
- 59:40 Practicing technical things vs performance skills, trying new ideas.
- 1:06:03 Discovering new music online & going to other concerts to listen
- 1:12:30 MUSIC TRACK – Joscho, Stochelo Rosenberg & his band play “Blues for Stochelo”
- Gypsy Jazz Academy Youtube Channel
- Joscho on Facebook
rattlesnake Shuffle with Richard Smith:
Joscho & Adam Play “Isn’t She Lovely”:
amazing guy, I saw him playing with my guitar teacher Michael Vochezer in Munich. wow, really one of the best.
Yes, he is amazing. Thanks for commenting! AR
Nate Breidenbaugh says
Adam, these interviews are wonderful! Thank you! Joscho is an insightful guy.
Thanks Nate! I just added a vid of me & Joscho as well – playing Isn’t She Lovely…check it out….hope you are well! AR
This is Adam, trying a new Captcha for my comments!
Sounded like you have a pretty nice singing voice there on a few lines of cheek to cheek.
The interview was a treat, thank you.
Oh man, thank you 🙂 I screech out 2 tunes on concerts, but no more than that! Glad you enjoyed the interview. AR
Barbara Siek says
Oh, wow, a terrific interview. You asked Joscho all the questions that fans want to know and more. It’s a rare interviewer who hits all the marks, and you did. Huge thank you.
Is there a way to know more in advance when you and Joscho are playing together? I would fly to Germany for your 19 Jan. gig, but not enough time. I wish you both would do a gig together in the U.S. Joscho will be in the US in September 2019. Any way you two might hook up for a duo?
Thanks again for this great, in-depth interview.
Adam Rafferty says
Hey Barbara – I’m late on this! He and I cross paths once in a while – if we do some gigs, it will for sure be posted – standby!
Thanks for this excellent podcast and this interview in particular. I just got the Joscho Stephan Trio “Paris-Berlin” CD (such a great album) and it was so interesting to learn more about his background and even get a free mini-lesson!
Adam Rafferty says
Glad you enjoyed sara!