The Joscho Stephan Trio Concert Was a Huge Success -
||On Sunday, July 24, 2005 young Joscho
Stephan took Columbus, Ohio by storm - yet, only a handful of our
areas luckiest people got to witness a level of world class talent that
we aren't apt to see here ever again. Joscho and his dad Gunter on
rhythm guitar and traveling buddy, Max Shaaf on bass, had been in
Indianapolis on a US tour and this was going to be their day off.
However, Joscho knew just how much I wanted my OFGC club and the jazz
community of Columbus to hear him live, so they agreed to have us come
get them to perform at the Linworth Alternative
High School in Worthington, Ohio. (Our mega thanks to the
management of Linworth Alternative for letting us use that neat little
auditorium for this concert - in particular Larry Gay, the instructor
who spent the day with us in order for us to use the building.)
THEY WERE SIMPLY INCREDIBLE!!!
||It was a very informal gathering in this
rustic old "academy" style high school. We had 90 chairs
set up which were quickly filled. Here I am talking with Cuz
Goldian who never misses the "good ones."
||As usual, and much to the dismay of our
"regulars", I had a "little" story about our guests
to tell prior to letting the anxious audience hear them. It only
took Joscho one year to captivate the annual Chet Atkins Appreciation
Society (CAAS) convention in Nashville, and he is rapidly closing in on
being considered one of the world's best Django Reinhardt style gypsy
jazz guitarist. All I wanted to do is make sure the audience
understood what thery were about to hear - and, had their seats belts securely
fastened before I turned him loose on them... (lol)
an example of what they heard...Lady Be Good.. just click)
||Many thanks to Jerry Blinn of the
Worthington Schools maintenance staff for coming in and setting up the
spot/flood lights - which added a nice touch to a brilliant
performance. And, thanks to local professional guitarist Chaz
Mechenbier for setting up his PA system for the concert.
Obviously Joscho is one of the fastest single string
players in the world having practiced many years the very difficult
Django style of guitar playing. However, he proved that he can
"wring" some very beautiful slower lines out of his Selmer
like custom guitar. Besides the constant clapping, yelping, and
screaming during and after each tune - heads were shaking in total disbelief
that any human being could be this incredibly talented and
polished. A guitar is a very difficult instrument to play properly
- Joscho proved that it can be taken even further than the imagination
||Django Reinhardt's co-star during the
heyday of their Hot Club of France was a fabulous classically trained
violinist by the name of Stephan Grapelli. As soon as Joscho
agreed to come to Columbus I got our local violin virtuoso, Arcadiy Gips,
on the phone to invite him to come and jam a few tunes with Joscho.
Arcadiy plays an amazing Grapelli style gypsy jazz which he enjoyed
sharing with us after the formal concert - making it a true Hot
Club of Columbus. THE CROWD WENT WILD!!
Give him a listen:
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a look at him on a video clip.