Primary Instrument: Guitar, acoustic
It's now more than 20 years since The Rosenberg Trio has become the world's premier Gipsy-jazz band in the tradition of the great Django Reinhardt.
In 2010, The Rosenberg Trio celebrates Django's 100th anniversary with an ambitious and innovative DIGITAL ONLY release featuring guitarist extraordianire Bireli Lagrene !
THE ROSENBERG TRIO
feat. BIRELI LAGRENE
- Totally FREE 6-track Mini Album - 18-track Album - 57 min. Bonus video documentary offered with album
All directly available from the band's site at groundbreaking price. Also available on all digital music stores such as Itunes, Napster, Amazon, etc.
Check our website for details : www.therosenbergtrio.com RELEASE DATE JANUARY 6, 2010 !
------------------------------------------ BACK IN THE DAYS... There is no precise date when the Rosenberg Trio actually started to be a trio. Being kids of a very musical family they grew up with the music of Django Reinhardt. In 1974 Hans Meelen met for the first time members of the Sinti-community. Stochelo was 6 years old at that time.Hans started to play in the churches with Sani Rosenberg (the father of Nous'che and Nonnie), Wasso Grünholz (grandfather of Stochelo) and Storo Berger on violin.
When Stochelo was about 10 years old he started to play the guitar together with cousin and buddy Nous'che. Hans Meelen formed the band Manouche with Stochelo, Nous'che and Rino van Hooydonk on guitar, Hans on clarinet and Gijs van Helden or Leon de Wijs on bass. They played in Holland and Belgium. In 1980 Hans arranged that they could play for a local radio-station and he used the recordings of that program to introduce the band to a childrens TV-contest. It was only for children so Nous'che, Stochelo and Rino were the only members of the band that were allowed to play there. People loved what they were doing and they won the first price.
After that Nous'che and Stochelo sometimes played in churches. A recordcompany was interested in those little boys and offered a contract. But, being members of their church, the kids were not allowed to play for the common world. The only thing that Hans could achieve with the family was that the boys would play one track on a record that was made for the jubilee of the local radiostation. That was in fact the first recording of Stochelo and Nous'che ( a collector's item!!!!). From that day on till 1989 they only played in churches and gipsy camps all over Europe. In that time Nonnie started playing with his little brother and cousin. Hans Meelen often joined them on those trips. The boys became very famous but only in the gipsy-community.
Hans knew that there was so much more to reach for those talented boys and finally on the 17th of June 1989 he succeeded is taking Nous'che and Stochelo with him to Samois. He planned that they could play some songs between the acts. Nonnie wasn't there and a stand-in bassplayer had to be arranged. The audience was completely overwhelmed by the talent of Stochelo and Hans asked Jon Larsen of Hotclub Records if he was interested in recording a CD with the boys for his label and he was. A short time later, the first CD was recorded for the Hot Club Records label. This CD, Seresta, found great praise among many followers of Django Reinhardt, and it was said that the successor to Django had been found. That was the moment of their breakthrough and they were soon asked to play at jazz festivals all over the world. The trio was booked to perform with Luciano Pavarotti and with Shirley Bassey. Stéphane Grappelli asked them to play with him at Carnegie Hall to celebrate his 85th birthday, an event still considered by the Rosenbergs as the highlight of their career.