The Gypsy Jazz Quintet was formed in 2006 as a musical tribute to the 1930’s “hotclub” jazz of gypsy guitarist Django Reinhardt and Parisian violinist Stephane Grappelli. This is the high-energy swing music played in the dance halls of Paris from 1934 to 1939. Organized by guitarist/music arranger, John Curtin, the GJQ has performed at music festivals, colleges, jazz clubs and resorts.

The band is made up of 5 players from very diverse backgrounds coming together to make this special music.

John Curtin

John Curtin

is a life-long student of the guitar. A native of NYC, he began learning guitar at age 10. John studied jazz guitar with Allen Hanlon and Howard Morgen, but cites his guitar influences as, “everyone from Chet Atkins to Frank Zappa, with a special fondness for John McLaughlin and Django.” He holds a B.S. in Music Education from Lehman College and was an on-staff music arranger for Warner Bros Music in NYC. He’s been a resident of Milford, PA since 1988 and since 2002 is Music Director for theme shows at the Woodloch Pines Resort.

Vince Marrone

Vince Marrone

is a guitarist based out of Dunmore, PA. Vince's influences range from straight ahead jazz through fusion, funk and R&B. Recently he has been exploring the music of Django Reinhardt and the Gypsy jazz style. Vince has played the above styles in numerous local bands (currently with bassist Bob Wilson as the Jazz Assassins) throughout his 25-plus years as a guitarist and continues to play wherever and whenever possible to sharpen his musical skills. Vince also teaches guitar.

Bob Wilson

Bob Wilson

from Honesdale, PA took up the acoustic bass 18 years ago, although he has been playing the electric for nearly twice as long. Primarily self-taught, Bob absorbed all he could collaborating with as many musicians as possible. For the past few years Bob has been studying with jazz bassist Tony Marino and currently plays with the Jazz Assassins.(a duo specializing in jazz standards and select pop tunes) Some influences include: Jaco Pastorius, Charles Mingus, Dave Holland, Miles Davis, Frank Zappa, and James Brown.

Nick Driscoll

Nick Driscoll

clarinetist, is Director of the Wilkes University Jazz Orchestra, a member of the Great Valley Music Society and an original member of the Straight Out Jazz Quartet. Nick has appeared on WVIA Public Radio and Television in classical, reggae, folk and jazz ensembles. He has also performed with Peter Schickele (PDQ Bach) at Alice Tully Hall in NYC and with the NEPA Philharmonic. Nick holds a B.S. in Music Education from Wilkes College and a M.M. from the Manhattan School of Music.

Mark Woodyatt

Mark Woodyatt

violinist, from Scranton Pennsylvania was the first-ever student to be accepted to the Eastman School of music for Jazz Violin, where he double-majored in Classical Performance. Mark soloed with the top Jazz Big Band at Eastman, where he performed the tango music of Astor Piazzolla on tour in Chicago. His ensemble experience includes performances with the Collegium Musicum, the Eastman Jazz Band and String Orchestras, OSSIA, the Marywood Orchestra and the Binghampton Philharmonic. His musical influences are Jean-Luc Ponty, Bela Fleck, Chick Corea, Miles Davis, Frank Zappa, Django Rheinhardt and Stephane Grappelli to name a few. Mark considers the GJQ a dream-come-true to finally play the music that he was born to play.