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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)

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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 ...

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

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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

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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 REVIEWS

Django Reinhardt: Four Classic Albums Plus

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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 ...

BOOK REVIEWS

Gypsy Jazz: In Search of Django Reinhardt and the Soul of Gypsy Swing

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Gypsy Jazz: In Search of Django Reinhardt and the Soul of Gypsy Swing Michael Dregin Paperback; 332 pagesISBN: 978019975625-4Oxford University Press2010 Midnight, Pigalle. The red-light district of Paris glows in a nocturnal carnival of neon and incandescent color.... Welcome to Michael Dregin's engaging Gypsy Jazz: In Search of Django Reinhardt and the Soul of Gypsy Swing, a highly original book that's part history, part detective ...

MULTIPLE REVIEWS

Dreyfus Tributes to Django Reinhardt

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Various Artists Generation Django Dreyfus Records 2009 Dorado Schmitt Family Dreyfus Records 2009 Biréli Lagrène Gipsy Trio Dreyfus Records 2009 Biréli Lagrène/ Sylvain Luc Summertime Dreyfus Records 2009 Rocky Gresset Rocky Gresset Dreyfus Records

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Django at 100

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Call it Django or Gypsy jazz, Hot Club, swing or Manouche (another name for gypsy), it's a style that hits you immediately--blazing, hard-picked runs played on a hyper-resonant, flat-top guitar (sound-holes are oval or D-shaped, never round), its intense momentum propelled by bass and rhythm guitar(s), often in tandem with violin, clarinet or accordion and working through standards and rhythms that belonged to the Swing Era. It may have been the first jazz style to develop fully outside the United ...

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Django Reinhardt And The Illustrated History Of Gypsy Jazz

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Django Reinhardt And The Illustrated History Of Gypsy Jazz Michael Dregni, with Alain Antonietto and Anne Legrand Speck Press ISBN: 10: 1-933108-10-x ISBN: 13: 978-1-933108-10-0 2007 My middle-aged son is an orthopaedic surgeon, after-hours jazz musician and lover of Gypsy swing in general (and Django Reinhardt in particular), and, a few months before I got the opportunity to review this book, I discovered it while searching for a ...

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Django Reinhardt: Keep Cool: Guitar Solos 1950-53

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Django Reinhardt's last years are his least well known. Facing artistic obsolescence while jazz fans who once embraced him were hooked on the latest thing, Django assembled a new quintet of players schooled in bebop instead of swing to produce some records that were decidedly modern in feel. Long gone were the Hot Club with Stephane Grappelli and the band with Hubert Rostaing; instead, we get a modern combo featuring piano, drums, bass, and even trumpets and saxophones. ...

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Django Reinhardt: Memorial

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When Django Reinhardt switched from acoustic to electric guitar, his fans, feeling betrayed, called him “Judas." However, he later used this new instrument to record Blonde On Blonde, often considered one of the greatest rock records of all time.

Actually, that was Bob Dylan. But Reinhardt's electric period, which encompassed the last few years of his life, is certainly the black sheep of his catalog. Reinhardt was still in fine form and had even incorporated elements of bebop ...


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