“Dinah” – Django Reinhardt-The Quintet of the Hot Club of France (1934)

Ultraphone (France); Paris, December, 1934: Stephane Grappelly-vn/Django Reinhardt-Roger Chaput-Joseph Reinhardt-g/Louis Vola-sb.


Django Reinhardt; (1910-1953)

As a Belgian gypsy, Django’s guitar work was all done in the gypsy tradition of “head arrangements” and spontaneity. He never learned to read or write music, French, or any language for that matter.

By the late 1940s Django virtually stopped playing guitar and dedicated himself to painting, family and fishing until his sudden death in 1953.

Although this blog is dedicated to American “jazz between the wars,” it would be the highlight of many American jazz musicians and expatriates, such as Coleman Hawkins and Bill Coleman, to share recording credits with Django.

Be sure to check out Muggsy Spanier’s 1939 “ragtime” rendition of “Dinah,” here.

2 thoughts on ““Dinah” – Django Reinhardt-The Quintet of the Hot Club of France (1934)

  1. Love Django and the Hot Club of France. I own a dozen of their old 78s and 5 LPs (been collecting records for over 50 years). The period you cover is jazz at its best, and I’ll be checking out your previous posts “As Time Goes By” (a song, by the way, which is from this period because it came out in 1931 in the musical “Everybody’s Welcome,” but remained largely unknown until CASABLANCA in 1942).
    Thanks for the “Like” on my latest post, otherwise I wouldn’t have known of your excellent blog.


  2. Thanks for checking in and glad you could enjoy some of the entries. I’ll have to revisit Casablanca soon! Thanks for the song insight and I’ll be sure to keep an eye on your blog also to learn more about jazz during this period.


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