Paulus Schäfer (born 31 March 1978, Gerwen, Nuenen)[1] is a guitarist, composer and arranger who is considered to be one of the most talented gypsy jazz or "jazz manouche" guitar players from the Netherlands.[2][3] Paulus was born into a Dutch Sinti-Romani (Gypsy) community where he was taught to play the guitar at a very early age. Like almost all gypsy jazz players and gypsy jazz fans, Paulus considers Django Reinhardt his idol.[4]

Paulus Schäfer
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Paulus Schäfer at Hafen Rock 2015, Hamburg, Germany
Background information
Born (1978-03-31) 31 March 1978 (age 41)
Gerwen, Nuenen, Netherlands
GenresGypsy jazz, jazz
LabelsMoncq, Sinti Music
Associated actsGipsy Kids, Hot Club d'Europe

Paulus has recorded or performed on stage with Stochelo Rosenberg, Fapy Lafertin, Tim Kliphuis, Jimmy Rosenberg, Dominique Paats, Biréli Lagrène, and Andreas Öberg.[5]

Early yearsEdit

Paulus Schäfer was born in Gerwen, Nuenen into a Dutch Sinti community renowned for their talented guitar players like Stochelo Rosenberg, Jimmy Rosenberg, Mozes Rosenberg and Feigeli Prisor. This tradition of gypsy jazz was started by the legendary Wasso Grünholz, who was an inspiration and the primary teacher for the Sinti guitar players in this community.[6][7] Paulus was taught how to play and inspired by Wasso Grünholz and by Stochelo Rosenberg during the many jams around the campsite.[8] His first real fame came when Paulus briefly took over the lead guitar in the Gipsy Kids when Jimmy Rosenberg left the group.

Later yearsEdit

He formed the Paulus Schäfer Gipsy Band together with rhythm guitarist Sendelo Schäfer, bassist Jozua Rosenberg and violinist Martien Wagner in 2001. They recorded their debut album “Into the Light” the year after that. Soon after the release of this album Jozua Rosenberg left the group to be able to concentrate more on playing flamenco guitar and Rinus Steinbach, who played bass with Jimmy Rosenberg in Gipsy Kids and Sinti stepped in to fill the gap. In 2006, while recording the next album Desert Fire, Noah Schafer replaced bassist Rinus Steinbach.

Paulus Schäfer performed at many prestigious venues: DjangoFest NorthWest, Langley WA (US),[9] Django in June, Northampton, MA (US),[10] Sziget Festival Budapest (H), Khamoro Prague (CZ), International Gipsy Guitar Festival Gossington (UK), Django Reinhardt Festival Samois-sur-Seine (FR), Gipsy Festival Anger (FR), and the International Gipsyfestival (NL).


Solo AlbumsEdit

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Twelfth Year 2012 Moncq Records

With Olli Soikkeli and Hot Club d'EuropeEdit

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Kouvola Junction 2012 Jazz Pearl Records
The best things in life are free 2016 Sinti Music Records

With Tim KliphuisEdit

Title Release Remarks
Rock Django 2012 Lowland Records

With Dominique PaatsEdit

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Rocky 2014 Sinti Music Records

With the Paulus Schäfer Gipsy BandEdit

Title Release Remarks
Into the light 2002 Sinti Music Records
Desert Fire 2006 Sinti Music Records

With the Paulus Schäfer Gipsy Band & Tilburg Big BandEdit

Title Release Remarks
Live at the NWE Vorst 2008 Sinti Music Records

See alsoEdit


  1. ^ "Bio".
  2. ^ Dregni, Michael (2008), Gypsy Jazz: In Search of Django Reinhardt and the Soul of Gypsy Swing pp. xi. ISBN 978-0-19-531192-1
  3. ^ Maro Drom. "Paulus Schäfer / Rythme Futur". Retrieved 2012-04-06.
  4. ^ (in Dutch) (
  5. ^ "Djanogest San Francisco - Paulus Schäfer". Archived from the original on 2013-02-17. Retrieved 2012-04-06.
  6. ^ Dregni, Michael (2008) Gypsy Jazz In Search of Django Reinhardt and the Soul of Gypsy Swing pp. 228. ISBN 978-0-19-531192-1
  7. ^ "• View topic - Wasso Grunholz Video". Retrieved 2012-04-06.
  8. ^ Rosenberg, Stochelo; Eimers, Leo; Klunder, Harry (2005) Stochelo Rosenberg Part 1 pp. 51. ISBN 90-809714-1-3
  9. ^ "Archived copy". Archived from the original on 2012-08-03. Retrieved 2012-08-03.CS1 maint: archived copy as title (link)
  10. ^ "Wayback Machine". 17 February 2007.

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