Saturday, January 26, 2008

Django Reinhardt, Stephane Grappelli and Quintette du Hot Club de France

Django Reinhardt (1910-1953) know as a Gypsy jazz guitarist, was one of the first prominent jazz musicians to be born in Europe, and one of the most renowned jazz guitarists of all time. He had an influence on different jazz styles and musical genres, including Western Swing.

Stephane Grappelli (1908-1997) was a French jazz violinist. His early fame was with his collaboration with Reinhardt and the Quintette du Hot Club de France. After WW II, he had a very lively career appearing with a wide variety of musicians.

The Quintette du Hot Club de France was formed by Reinhardt and Grappelli. It was one of the earliest and most significant jazz groups in Europe. It was also one of the first and most famous of all-string jazz bands. The original group disbanded in 1939 due to WW II.


Dean said...

Excellent. Django is mesmerizing, especially considering he can only use his first two fingers in his left hand. Interesting footage, here.

F.T. Rea said...


Nobody is better.