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Saturday, July 22

Jazz Legend: Django Reinhardt

Jean Baptiste "Django" Reinhardt (January 23, 1910 - May 16, 1953) was a Belgian Gypsy jazz musician who descended from the Sinti, a Roma related tribe of nomads living in Northwest Europe.

Reinhardt spent most of his youth in Belgian gypsy encampments, close to Paris. As a youngster he was already performing at dance halls in Paris. He played the banjo, the guitar and the violin. At the age of 18 he was injured in a fire, though he survived the accident pretty well, the third and fourth digits of his fretting hand were burned badly.

In 1934, Louis Vola formed the Quintette du Hot Club de France with Django, violinist Stéphane Grappelli, Joseph Reinhardt and Roger Chaput on guitar, and Louis Vola on bass. The concept of lead guitar (Django) and rhythm guitar (Joseph and Roger) was first used with the Quintette du Hot Club de France. Without percussion instruments, they used the rhythm guitars to serve this purpose.

During the Second World War, the Quintette toured in the UK. While Grappelli decided to stay, Reinhardt returned to Europe and reformed the Quintette. Clarinetist Hubert Rostaing replaced Grappelli.

At that time, the Nazis were systematically persecuting jews, gypsies, handicapped and political opponents, in order to deport and eliminate them. Unlike many other gypsies, Reinhardt did not perish in concentration camps (Never Forget!). He was helped by Dietrich "Doktor Jazz" Schulz-Köhn, a Luftwaffe official that admired Django's music.

When the war was over, Reinhardt rejoined Grappelli in the UK and they went on to tour the USA, opening for Ellington and playing at Carnegie Hall. However Reinhardt toured with Ellington, he didn't get the attention he was hoping for, so with broken dreams he returned to the continent.

After returning to France, he formed a new band with sax, trumpet, piano, bass and drums, and continued composing.

In 1951, he retired to Samois sur Seine, where nowadays the Festival Django Reinhardt is held (vids). He was one of the first internationaly known European jazz musicians.

Django Reinhardt "Django et Compagnie" (JiP 11)

Django Reinhardt "Swing from Paris" (JiP 12)

Django Reinhardt "Swing 39" (JiP 13)

Django Reinhardt "Swing 48" (JiP 58)

Django Reinhardt "Solos, Duets, Trios and Quartets"

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Anonymous inirs said...

This is great stuff... Thanks a million...

2:40 PM  
Anonymous marcie said...

Delightful presentation and incredibly swinging music.

Merci beaucoup!

3:43 PM  
Anonymous Seth said...

Thank you!

4:44 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Thank you for this wonderful bonus music in the comments. Frustrating that I can't get the given password to open them. Am I doing something wrong?

2:57 AM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

password is m&m

10:24 AM  
Anonymous dt said...

Michel Petrucciani and Stephane Grappelli "Flamingo"

The password m&m for these files doesn't work. anyone could help?

thanks !

6:43 AM  
Blogger the scarlet pimpernel said...

yeah, forgot to post the pass for Michel Petrucciani and Stephane Grappelli "Flamingo",
it's: galmuchet_for_french-te@m
props to this dude(tte)!!

11:49 AM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

thanks !

4:10 AM  
Anonymous K said...

m&m password works for "Swing 49"
Thanks for the great music

4:10 AM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Goed verhaaltje, nog betere muziek, gijdoegijdagoe, grtz JoA

1:32 PM  
Blogger the scarlet pimpernel said...



12:38 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

I downloaded "Paris for Lovers". I got an extension of .223 so I renamed it to .rar and neither of the passwords worked. I renamed it to .zip and tried again, also nothing. Have I done something wrong? Thanks for posting it. I look forward to hearing it.

9:19 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

great to have u back!!!!!! i am still on hope that u can post some yesterdays new quintet besides 'stevie, angel, soulside' thanks in advance js

8:21 PM  
Blogger jamzo said...


you were missed

8:52 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Pass "m&m" will not work for Paris for Lovers. You shure thats the right pw? Nice Blog anyway, Django Reinhard is not so allocated in the net - indistinctly

10:04 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

glad your back!

11:16 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

It's OK. I did a search for "Paris for Lovers" and found the password.

Rename the extension to .rar and the pw=jazzzone


2:17 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...


8:31 AM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

The last song for Michel Petrucciani and Stephane Grappelli does not work. Am I doing something wrong?

6:47 PM  
Blogger the scarlet pimpernel said...


9:20 AM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Well done! Keep it up folks!

10:09 AM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

thank you for this splendid post

11:14 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

thank you

1:07 PM  
Anonymous Learn and Master Guitar said...

thanks for this awesome post.

7:05 PM  
Blogger M Ijaz Ch Ch said...

i like very much Best Jazz collection

2:55 PM  

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