Swing-Jazz Classics for String Quartet: Avalon and Dark Eyes


The Hot-Club rhythm popularized in the 1930s and '40s by violinist Stéphane Grappelli and guitarist Django Reinhardt has lit a fire under thousands of swing-jazz bands worldwide. These two swing-jazz classics capture the flair of that popular music.

"Avalon" ranges from a waltz to the sound of a carnival carousel. "Dark Eyes," an early hit for the fabled Quintet of the Hot Club of France, also starts as a waltz before giving way to chance for you to put a modern stamp on it. Both of these sophisticated swing-jazz charts are perfect for weddings and other casuals or even as concert encore pieces.

Arranged by Jeremy Cohen

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