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Django ME Gyspy Jazz Workshop


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Please Join Wells Gordon, Steve Lynnworth and Shane Ellis for 4 weeks of gyspy jazz music studies at the Lighthouse Arts Center! https://www.lighthouseartscenter.com

Limited seating available! 

Reserve today and get the "Early Bird" price. After May 15th tuition is $300

August 6, 13, 20, and 27th 4pm-6:30pm           

PLUS a special Labor Day concert (September 3rd at 5:00pm) at the Lighthouse Arts Center patio!

www.mesamis.biz, www.ellisbands.com


Django ME Gypsy Jazz Workshop Facts

Who is this for?

This workshop series will focus on Gypsy Jazz style and repertoire. Also covered will be basic concepts of ensemble playing, improvisation and performance technique. Typical instruments in the style are guitar, violin, clarinet, and upright bass, but all musicians are welcome! (Ages 15 and up) mandolin and ukulele too!

What kind of skill level is required?

Students should have some basic proficiency on their instrument and some background with music theory, as well as knowledge of notes and chords. Reading music is not required but would be helpful. Tab will be provided for string players who don't read notation. 

Size of the Workshop

There is a limit of 15 seats:  6 guitar, 6 woodwind/Brass and 3 bass. A minimum of 6 students is required for the workshop to happen.  If enrollment does not reach 6 students for the overall workshop, registered students will receive a full refund.

What will you learn?

Each week students will have a one hour group lesson specifically for their instrument, followed by an hour of ensemble playing. Ensembles will be formed with a brief introductory lecture followed by rehearsal. The goal will be for each ensemble to learn, arrange and play a minimum of one new tune each week, while maintaining the music from the previous weeks. The workshop will culminate with a student ensemble and faculty concert at the Lighthouse Arts Center. 

How Do I pay?

There is a PayPal button on this website- Payment must be in full to reserve your seat- make sure to mention what instrument you will be bringing to the workshop. Please provide contact information so we can reach you if plans change. 

You can mail a check ($300) to:

Wells Gordon

232 River Rd.

Bucksport, Me. 04416

Django ME Gypsy Jazz Workshop Faculty

Steve Lynnworth


Steve Lynnworth has been 

playing guitar professionally 

for over 30 years. He's been

teaching private lessons at 

Musician's 1st Choice in 

Augusta since 2002, and is 

the guitar instructor at the 

University of Maine in 

Farmington. Steve is also 

the author of Understanding 

the Chords, and his group 

Mes Amis is Maine's premier

Gypsy Jazz band. www.understandingthechords.com 


Shane Ellis

Shane Ellis is the owner-operator of Ellis Bands of Maine. Shane is a Maine artist, Master Woodwind player, Music Educator, Music Arranger, Audio Specialist, and Band Leader. He is available for consultation, music arranging, and private instruction on Saxophone, Clarinet, and Flute.

Wells Gordon

Wells has been playing jazz for over 20 years. Gypsy jazz is his favorite style of jazz.  www.facebook.com/TheGypsyJazzWorkshop/ 

Lighthouse Arts Center

Our Mission: Marketing and representing local artists, becoming a resource for art education, and celebrating the visual arts in the Bucksport Bay community.

(207) 702-9135

86 Main St. Bucksport, Maine 04416


Mes Amis on Danny Cashman

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Mes Amis Albums Available!

With songs ranging from breakneck Gypsy swing mayhem to plaintively introspective ballads, this album showcases a high energy fusion of Gypsy Jazz and classic American songwriting styles with a big dose of blues sensibility.


Wellington M. Gordon

Who Am I?

A native of Skowhegan Maine, I have been playing bass professionally within the south eastern United States for the past 20 years. In 2011 I returned to the area, and joined the faculty at Husson University's New England School of Communications. At NESCom, I teach Audio I and II Labs, Music Theory/Production, Critical Listening, Music Business and Structure and Style of Music for Audio Engineers.

Bassist For Hire

 I love traditional jazz (New Orleans), Swing/Big Band, Bebop, Hot Club and Hardbop. 

Western Art Music, Musical Theater as well as common popular genres such as Blues, Reggae, Latin/Afro Cuban, Classic Country, Funk and last but not least Soul/R&B

Downeast Recording Company

Over The past 20 years I have been producing demos, albums and archival recordings for bands, auditions for schools as wells as universities.  

 Downeast Recording Company is an on-location recording service. I can produce full production albums to stereo archival recordings.  

Bass Lessons Available

Music Theory, Improvisation, Sight Reading

I am currently teaching at RDL Strings in Bangor Maine. 



232 River Rd, Bucksport, ME 04416, US

(919) 302-2567

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