Django Reinhardt

django1Guitarist Django Reinhardt (1910-1953) was the first non-U.S. born jazz legend. Born to a Gyspy family in Belgium he spent most of his life in France and is often claimed as French. Influenced by the eastern European exotic sound of gypsy music, he was able to combine it with American jazz to establish a unique and original style that rivaled any American jazz musician. Together with violinist Stephane Grappelli, they formed what would be the most important European jazz group prior to 1950, the Quintet of the Hot Club of France in 1934. Originally starting out on the banjo he switched to the guitar as a teenager. He was burned in a fire when he was 18, which resulted in a disfigured left hand. It was thought that he would never play again.

DJango Reinhardt - Episode 1

CompositonArtistAlbumYear
That Moaning TromboneJames Reese Europe 369th Hell Fighters Band1919
Hijaz Tsiftelli Gypsy Music of Constantinopleca. 1995
Solaeres RodrigoGypsy Passions: The Flamenco Guitar1993
Two Guitars Zoltan and His Gypsy EnsembleGypsy Music from Romania and Hungary 1994
The Wild Dog Eddie Lang and Joe Venuti1928
Prelude (Rachmaninov) Eddie Lang1927
Tiger Rag Quintet of the Hot Club of France1934
Lady Be GoodQuintet of the Hot Club of France1934

Django Reinhard - Episode 2

There were a great number of American jazz musicians travelling to Paris in the 1930’s including Benny Carter, Bill Coleman, Duke Ellington, Louis Armstrong, Coleman Hawkins, Arthur Briggs, Dickie Wells, and many others. His 1934 recording of Dinah attracted much attention and lead to many opportunities for him to record with the Quintet and a variety of other groups in Paris. The recordings from the mid-1930’s represent some of his best work.
CompositionArtistYear
I Can’t Give You Anything But Love Quintet of the Hot Club of France 1936
DinahQuintet of the Hot Club of France 1934
DjangologyQuintet of the Hot Club of France 1935
Crazy StringMichel Warlop Orchestra1936
MabelQuintet of the Hot Club of France 1937
Appel DirectQuintet of the Hot Club of France 1938
Tea for TwoDjango Reinhardt1937
St. Louis BluesQuintet of the Hot Club of France 1937

Django Reinhardt - Episode 3

CompositionArtistYear
I'll See You in My DreamsDjango Reinhardt Trio1939
BoleroQuintet of the Hot Club of France 1937
Minor SwingQuintet of the Hot Club of France 1937
Minor SwingDjango Reinhardt w/Stephan Grappelli1949
Echoes of SpainDjango Reinhardt1939
NuagesQuintet of the Hot Club of France1940
NuagesDjango Reinhardt w/Stephan Grappelli1948

Django Reinhardt - Episode 4 - The War Years

CompositonArtist Year
Les Yeux NoirsGeorges Boulanger and his Orchestra ca. 1933
Les Yeux NoirsQuintet of the Hot Club of France1940
Rhythm FutureQuintet of the Hot Club of France1940
Limehouse BluesDjango Reinhardt Big Band1940
NympheasDjango Reinhardt Big Band1942
FeerieDjango Reinhardt Big Band1942
Douce AmbianceDjango Reinhardt and Quintet of the Hot Club 1943
BellevilleDjango Reinhardt with Stephane Grappelli1946

Django Reinhardt - Episode 5 - The Bebop Years

CompositionArtistYear
Babik (Bi-Bop)Django Reinhardt and His Quintet of the Hot Club1946
Del SalleDjango Reinhardt and His Quintet of the Hot Club1946
Les Yeux NoirsDjango Reinhardt1947
ImpromptuDjango Reinhardtca. 1950
AnoumanDjango Reinhardt1953