Sunday, October 5, 2014

Music for a heat wave: Django Reinhardt & Stephane Grappelli

Jean "Django" Reinhardt (23 January 1910 – 16 May 1953) was a French guitarist and composer of Romani ethnicity.

Reinhardt is often regarded as one of the greatest guitar players of all time; he was the first important European jazz musician who made major contributions to the development of the guitar genre. After his third and fourth fingers were paralyzed when he suffered burns in a fire, Reinhardt used only the index and middle fingers of his left hand on his solos. He created an entirely new style of jazz guitar technique (sometimes called 'hot' jazz guitar), which has since become a living musical tradition within French Gypsy culture.

With violinist Stéphane Grappelli, Reinhardt co-founded the Quintette du Hot Club de France, described by critic Thom Jurek as "one of the most original bands in the history of recorded jazz."

Reinhardt's most popular compositions have become jazz standards, including "Minor Swing", "Daphne", "Belleville", "Djangology", "Swing '42", and "Nuages".

"Minor Swing" by Django Reinhardt - Quintette Du Hot Club De France - Stéphane Grappelli

 Django Reinhardt, Stephane Grappelli: J' attendrai Swing (1939 live)

Django Reinhardt (guitar) and Stephane Grappelli (violin) were stars in the Quintet of the Hot Club of France, which performed in the 1930's in Paris.

Django Reinhardt, Stephane Grappelli - Lady be good (1937)


Django and Stephane 1939

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