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Django Reinhardt

Gypsy guitarist Django Reinhardt and jazz violinist Stephane Grappelli were stars in the extremely popular French jazz quintet that performed jazz and pop standards from the 1920s and 1930s. The ensemble became a Hot Club fixture in Paris in the 1930s and was the most successful and talked-about jazz group in Europe. Mr. Reinhardt, considered a guitar genius, created an original style of swing music and influenced jazz dancers and musicians for decades afterward. Swing Bands love to play “Le Jazz Hot” for avid swing dancers at special events to this day.

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Gypsy Jazz - Django Part 1 of 7

A Different Take: Accordionist Ludovic Beier discusses how Django Reinhardt crafted Gypsy Jazz as a folk response to American jazz styles.

Gypsy Jazz - Django Part 2 of 7

From France to the United States: Dr. Billy Taylor reflects on the fervor surrounding Django Reinhardt's emergence on the American jazz scene.

Gypsy Jazz - Django Part 3 of 7

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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