Caravan

Caravan

Christo Ruppenthal - Acoustic Guitar
Scott Hlavenka - Acoustic Guitar
Kevin Tipple - Upright Bass 
Greg Smith - Clarinet / Saxophone

Caravan is a world traveling instrumental acoustic jazz group based in Madison, Wisconsin. They are primarily influenced by the legendary Romani Jazz guitarist Django Reinhardt. The ensemble also pulls influences from American jazz, European Folk Music, traditional Latin, Parisian waltz, and other vintage-jazz sources. Expect a range of tunes from the “Hot Swing" repertoire, originals, and standards done in uniquely arranged styles. 

Since its inception in 2003 Caravan has had substantial experience with live performance. They have performed in a broad range of settings including concert halls, festivals, and jazz clubs. They have also had a wide variety of live radio and television performance experiences! 

Caravan has five releases on HotStringSwing Records and songs featured on other compilation CDs. The band regards their most recent release “The Waiting Game” to be their best work to date! Caravan's recordings have been prominently featured as a soundtrack in films, television shows, YouTube shorts, and advertisements. 

Caravan has become an experienced, seasoned group with a diverse repertoire, and a unique voice in the Gypsy Jazz genre. Although the music of Django Reinhardt is still at the core of the band they have learned to take music in a broad range of directions.

Caravan at the Portage Center for the Arts

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The Music Industry has been hit extremely hard by the COVID-19 outbreak. Sadly I was not spared.  2020 was looking to be my best year ever both in terms of performance quality and quantity.  Along with the rest of the world that all came to a halt in mid March. Unfortunately it shows so real signs of picking back up any time soon.  Please consider this when making a donation for "pay what you want" digital music, or consider setting your own higher price for physical merch.

Latcho Drom

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Latcho Drom is a collection of two originals and one cover song from Madison, WI based Django Reinhardt inspired Gypsy Jazz band Caravan.

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    Je Ne Sais Quoi

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    Last Train Outta Here

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    Tchavolo Swing

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The Waiting Game

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The Waiting Game took a while to finish. But it was worth the wait. It shows Caravan's growth and depth both in terms of arrangements and performance!

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    After You've Gone

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    Bolero Blue

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    Swing 39

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    Besame Mucho

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    How Would I Know

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    Valse a Titi

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    Love For Sale

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    I Can't Give You Anything but Love

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    Brazil

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    Bei Mir Bist Du Schon

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An Evening At The Brink Longe

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Caravan's second release is an inspired live recording titled "An Evening At The Brink Lounge." This record features "It' Don't Mean A Thing" from Spotify's official Gypsy Swing Playlist!

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    Bye Bye Blues

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    It Don't Mean A Thing

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    Tea For Two

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    September Song

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    Bei Mir Bist Du Schön

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    Sweet Chorus (Intro)

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    Sweet Chorus

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    Tango Innominado

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    For Sephora

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    Band Intro

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    Bernie's Tune

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Caravan Gypsy Swing Ensemble

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Caravan Gypsy Swing Ensemble

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This is the first, self titled studio record by Caravan "Gypsy Swing" Ensemble. It includes original music, arrangements of Django Reinhardt classics, jazz standards, and Latin tunes.

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    Honeysuckle Rose

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    Stompin' At Decca

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    Stompin' At Django's Castle

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    Tango Innominado

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    Oriental Shuffle

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    Swing '03

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    Nuages

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    Je Ne Sais Quoi

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    Blue Drag

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    Peanuts / Number One Fantasy

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    Douce Ambiance

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