Hi Happy, I want to thank you for giving me the opportunity 20+ years ago to make the Django-style gypsy jazz VHS (and later, DVDs). I am just returning from Brazil where they have just held their 3rd annual Gypsy jazz festival. This year they invited me, and nearly EVERY guitarist (and some non-guitarists) have told me that they started their studies with my Homespun Tapes vids. So, it appears that I am not only the "Godfather of Gypsy Jazz in the USA (according to PBS)" but that I am also the "Godfather" of Gypsy Jazz in all of Brazil. I can't quite believe it myself, but in all humble honesty it appears to be the case. THANK YOU! ~Paul "Pazzo" Mehling
And here's his reply!
Thanks for the nice note and the FB post. And congratulations on your success and growing reputation here and in Brazil. That’s quite an accomplishment given all the great music down there! I’m glad we have been of help to you in your career and that Homespun’s reach goes that far.
It’s always been a pleasure working with you and we wish you continued success with your music, performing and teaching. We’re proud to have you on Homespun.