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Understanding Gypsy Jazz and Other Musical Truth Nuggets (feat. Dani Rabin and Danny Markovich)

Welcome to episode 270 where today we have special guests Dani Rabin and Danny Markovich from the band Marbin, on the show to talk about Gypsy jazz. Our guests talk about the ins and outs of this style of jazz as well as many other musical insights and strategies.

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One important style of jazz that came out of Europe is Gypsy jazz. 

And you’re maybe familiar with musicians such as Django Reinhardt, who was the guitarist that really is the centerpiece of Gypsy jazz.

But what is Gypsy jazz all about? What makes it unique and how do you go about actually playing it?

Well, on today’s show, I have two special guests, Danny Markovich and Dani Rabin from the band Marbin, who just came out with an album on Gypsy jazz. And they are going to talk to us about Gypsy jazz, how it works, and this is going to be a really fun and enlightening conversation. 

In this episode:

1. What makes Gypsy jazz, Gypsy jazz?

2. Gypsy jazz comping technique for guitarists.

3. Stylistic approaches to improvising

4. Other important musical truths

5. Marbin’s new Gypsy jazz album

Important Links

1. Marbin’s Gypsy jazz album “Fernweh”

2. LJS Inner Circle Membership

Brent Vaartstra
Brent Vaartstra
Brent Vaartstra is a professional jazz guitarist and educator living in New York City. He is the head blogger and podcast host for which he owns and operates. He actively performs around the New York metropolitan area and is the author of the Hal Leonard publication "Visual Improvisation for Jazz Guitar." He's also the host of the music entrepreneurship podcast "Passive Income Musician."


  1. That was a great View about Music and Arts.

    Become the listener of your own Voice, that ist the biggest Game changer for me.

    Thank you so much for this Podcast.

  2. WOW. I love this discussion of rythmic harmony. I’m going to take my dog for a walk, and try not to put my backpack into my pocket:) awesome stuff. Thank you for this discussion.

    and now that you point it out….It’s clear why I can’t keep time with my feet while playing a sax. I also have dextrous eyebrows, I’m gonna give it a shot and scare my audience 😉

    I’d love to see the video of your chat! @Brent..please 🙂

    And what an inspiring story of performing in backyards for the past year.


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