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Django Reinhardt & Stéphane Grappelli

Jean Baptiste "Django" Reinhardt (January 23, 1910 – May 16, 1953) was a Belgian Sinti jazz guitarist. He was one of the first important jazz musicians to be born in Europe, and one of the most important jazz guitarists of all time.

Together with the violinist Stéphane Grappelli (January 26, 1908 – December 1, 1997) he founded The Quintette of the Hot Club of France, a group that is generally considered by jazz historians to be the greatest of all European Jazz bands. Reinhardt was noted for combining a dark, chromatic Gypsy flavor with the swing articulation of the period. He was also a brilliant and prolific composer.

Django's approach continues to form the basis for contemporary Gypsy jazz guitar, a style still thriving today, with fans and practitioners all over the world.



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