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A Different Take: Accordionist Ludovic Beier discusses how Django Reinhardt crafted Gypsy Jazz as a folk response to American jazz styles.
From France to the United States: Dr. Billy Taylor reflects on the fervor surrounding Django Reinhardt's emergence on the American jazz scene.
A Product of His Culture: Accordionist Ludovic Beier shares how Django Reinhardt’s life as a member of the gypsy community shaped his approach to jazz music.
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The Influence of a Genius: Dr. Billy Taylor discusses Reinhardt's influence on fellow jazz musicians, including jazz guitarists Charlie Christian and Al Casey.
The Composition of a Legend: Musicians Ludovic Beier and Florin Niculescu discuss how Reinhardt was a student of classical, eastern, and cabaret music yet maintained his distinctive voice that made him a musical genius.
A Sound to Last Through the Ages: Dr. Billy Taylor shares his thoughts on the long-standing interest in Django Reinhardt through the years.
"Sweet Georgia Brown": Musicians Dorado Schmitt, Samson, Schmitt, Ludovic Beier, Florin Niculescu and Brian Torff perform a swinging version of this classic.
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- "Django Reinhardt Festival" The Washington Post – Washington, DC (Oct. 31, 2005)