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Culture Clubs: Part IV: When Jazz Met Europe

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The Geography of Jazz--When Jazz Met Europe In 2004 Maureen Anderson, a researcher at Illinois State University contributed a dissertation to the journal, African American Review, titled The White Reception of Jazz in America. Ostensibly, her article deals with stories published in high profile periodicals and journals from 1917 and into the 1930s, written by white ...


Metastasio Jazz 2018

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Metastasio Jazz 2018
Varie sedi

“Lingue oltre i confini" era il tema attorno al quale si è quest'anno strutturata la rassegna pratese Metastasio Jazz, giunta alla ventitreesima edizione e della quale ci ha parlato Stefano Zenni in una recente intervista. Un tema ben incorniciato dai concerti d'inizio e ...


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

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Director: Étienne Comar
Milky Way

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 ...


Jazz Musician of the Day: Stephane Grappelli

Jazz Musician of the Day: Stephane Grappelli

All About Jazz is celebrating Stephane Grappelli's birthday today!

Stephane Grappelli (originally surname was spelled with a \'Y\') would have earned himself a place in Jazz History books if only for his important role in the Quintette of the Hot Club of France, featuring the dazzling virtuosity of Django Reindhart. Grappelli\'s violin was the perfect ...


Eric Ineke: Surveying the European Jazz Scene

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[This is the fourth of the All About Jazz series on “The Many Faces of Jazz Today: Critical Dialogues" in which we explore the current state of jazz around the world with musicians, journalists, and entrepreneurs who give ...


Swinging the heck out of gypsy jazz

Swinging the heck out of gypsy jazz

There is something simultaneously exotic, passionate and downright swinging about gypsy jazz. That's the all-strings musical style that guitarist Django Reinhardt and violinist Stephane Grappelli popularized with their Hot Club of France collaborations in the 1930s and '40s. Southwest Florida has its own splendid version of that Hot Jazz/Jazz Manouche sound. Sarasota-based Hot Club of SRQ, directed ...

Tomoko Omura: Post Bop Gypsies

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Think about your favorite jazz violinist. Now think about what style or sub-category of jazz that person would most easily fall into. Was your answer bebop? Probably not, I would venture to guess. It's not that I know your answer. This isn't a magic trick. For all I know it could've been Stéphane Grappelli, Jenny Scheinman, ...

Stephane Wrembel: The Django Experiment I & II

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When guitarist extraordinaire Stephane Wrembel was invited to appear at the 2012 Academy Award to play his composition, “Bistro Fada," the theme song for Woody Allen's Midnight in Paris, it represented a high point in the modern history of the genre known as “Gypsy jazz." Inspired by the original Quintette du le Hot Club de France, ...


Django A Gogo 2017 Music Festival

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Django A Gogo 2017 Music Festival
Carnegie Hall
New York, NY
March 3, 2017

Stephane Wrembel, the France-born, Berklee-educated guitarist now based in New Jersey, produced the first Django A Gogo festival in 2004 as a single evening to pay homage to Django Reinhardt. Since then, the “Gypsy ...


Svend Asmussen, RIP

Svend Asmussen, RIP

Svend Asmussen, the Danish violinist who thrived in eight decades of stardom, died yesterday—three weeks short of his 101st birthday. He was one of the handful of violinists who in the 1930s proved the instrument capable of swing and emotional expression at the highest jazz level. He may well have been the only man still alive ...