Django Reinhardt’s birthday
Originally shared by Dennis Healy
Jazz guitar genius Django Reinhardt with the Quintette du Hot Club de France for the 1937 recording of „The Sheik of Araby”.. Happy new week music lovers! It is Jan. 23rd and I will start out recognizing artists birthday’s past and present. Have a beautiful day/evening :))
Jean „Django” Reinhardt (French: [dʒãŋɡo ʁɛjnaʁt] or [dʒɑ̃ɡo ʁenɑʁt]; 23 January 1910 – 16 May 1953) was a Belgian-born French jazz guitarist and composer of Romani ethnicity, regarded as one of the greatest musicians of the twentieth century, having written nearly 100 songs, according to Frank Vignola. He was the first and most significant jazz talent to emerge from Europe.
Despite having two of his fingers disabled from a fire, he overcame the handicap and went on to forge an entirely new style of jazz guitar technique (sometimes called ‘hot’ jazz guitar), which has since become a living musical tradition within French Gypsy culture. Benny Goodman asked him to travel with his band, which he never did, but he did tour the U.S. with Duke Ellington’s band in 1946. He died suddenly of a stroke at age 43.