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Remembering Django Reinhardt

January 22, 2010 Leave a comment

Remembering Django Reinhardt

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April 21, 2009 Leave a comment

Gypsy Jazz a swing style using stringed instruments started byDjango Reinhardt, playing with only 2 fingers due to an accident in which his right hand had been burned and 3 fingers were permantly curled in, he developed a speed unheard of in his time, inventing unusual chord patterns because of his injury. While playing in Paris in 1934 he formed Quintette di Hot Club de France with Stephane Grappelli playing and recording for the next 5 years before war. After WWII in 46 he toured with Duke Ellington a long time admirer  which was his only trip to the states. He continued to play and record with Grappelli passing in 1953. Check out Souvenirs a classic album of the Hot Club of France. One of Djangos neighbors in Paris was Henri Crolla a French jazz guitarist playing in the gypsy style. His “Jazz In Paris” album Begin the Beguine is a great sampling of this style of music. Bireli Lagrene known as a guitar “phenomenon” became famous playing “Django style” in the 1980’s. His Routes To Django album is great.

Django Discography, Henri Crolla Discography, Bireli Lagrene Discography