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.