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Be-Bop Django and a Whole Lot More

Read "Be-Bop Django and a Whole Lot More" reviewed by Marc Cohn

A show for you? Of course. We start with twenty-first century music from pianist Andy Adamson, trumpeter Farnell Newton, saxophonist Troy Roberts, and guitarist Jocelyn Gould. Not enough guitar? Well, Joe Pass plays Django Reinhardt, and then Django plays bebop from his last recording session before his death--quite a revelation if the only Django you've heard is his 'Hot Club Swing.' We celebrate the centennials of Dave Brubeck (duets with Paul Desmond) and Carmen McRae (with strings). Then it's off ...

LIVE REVIEW

Djala Michto At Ketje, Nice

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Djala Michto Quartet Le Ketje Nice, France September 20, 2019 Manouche or Gypsy Jazz started when Django Reinhardt first heard American jazz musicians in France during the interwar years. Django blended gypsy tunes and his compositions with Swing rhythm. In jny:Paris his music reached a zenith in the Hot Club of France quintet which Django led with violinist Stephane Grappelli. Le Ketje (Belgian slang for Street Kid) is a double fronted bar near ...

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Small Groups of the 1930s – Benny Goodman, Django Reinhardt, and John Kirby (1934 - 1941)

Read "Small Groups of the 1930s – Benny Goodman, Django Reinhardt, and John Kirby (1934 - 1941)" reviewed by Russell Perry

In the last hour we heard from prominent Swing Era soloists Chu Berry, Roy Eldridge, Johnny Hodges and Lester Young, featured in small group settings. Continuing in the small group vein, in this hour we'll hear from the Benny Goodman Trio, Quartet and sextet, Django Reinhardt and le Quintette Du Hot Club de France avec Stéphane Grappelli and the influential, but less well-known sextet led by bassist John Kirby. For U.S. readers, listen here:

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Django Amsterdam

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Django Amsterdam, an event featuring concerts, jam sessions, workshops and a kids' afternoon, is dedicated to guitarist Django Reinhardt, the originator of gypsy jazz or swing manouche. This style of acoustic swing jazz became part of the Roma and Sinti culture thanks to Django, who's generally considered one of the greatest guitar players of all time. Top players from the international gypsy jazz world united for the fourth edition of Django Amsterdam (26-28 January at BIMHUIS and Kapitein ...

FILM REVIEW

Django: A Film As Much About History and Culture as About A Musical Icon

Read "Django: A Film As Much About History and Culture as About A Musical Icon" reviewed by Victor L. Schermer

Django Director: Étienne Comar Milky Way 2017 Django Reinhardt (1910-1953) practically invented jazz guitar. A product of gypsy culture and music, living and working in Paris in the 1930s-40s, he and his group, the Hot Club Quintet, which notably included violinist Stephane Grappelli, brought their own brand of swing to the clubs of Montmartre. American musicians like Coleman Hawkins, Benny Carter, and Duke Ellington were captivated by Reinhardt's playing and, along with his recordings and ...

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Jazz From Around the World: Europe

Read "Jazz From Around the World: Europe" reviewed by Hrayr Attarian

Jazz has had a universal appeal since its inception. As soon as the music left its cradle of jny: New Orleans in the early years of the 20th century it quickly spread to all corners of the world. Europeans were among the first non-Americans to embrace the music and place their unique twist on it. Below are 10 classic European jazz recordings. Beginning the list is Mosaic's massive box set of guitarist Django Reinhardt's Swing/HMV sessions. Reinhardt is ...

ALBUM REVIEW

Django Reinhardt: Four Classic Albums Plus

Read "Four Classic Albums Plus" reviewed by David Rickert

The legend of Django Reinhardt is the stuff of jazz folklore; the nomadic gypsy had limited use of the fingers on his left hand, yet still managed to create blistering solos, all while creating some of the best jazz to come out of Europe. In fact, Reinhardt spawned his own style, and like many a folk hero, there are those who aspired to his level of musicianship yet come up lacking. Reinhardt's music still sounds fresh and ...


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