Ben Givan

Dr. Benjamin Givan is music professor at Skidmore College and author of The Music of Django Reinhardt. We spoke with him about his studies of Django’s music and it’s origins in jazz tradition, Django’s musical evolution, the improvisatory vocabulary of Gypsy jazz, and how he transcribed 200+ Django solos.


Chapter 1 - PhD in Django Studies


Chapter 2 - Demystifying Django


Chapter 3 - Up Close on Django's Technique


Chapter 4 - Django in the Jazz Tradition


Chapter 5 - Shaping a Signature Sound


Chapter 6 - Coming of Age in the Jazz Age


Chapter 7 - Django's Musical Evolution


Chapter 8 - Transcribing 200+ Django Solos


Chapter 9 - A Vocabulary of Improvisation