Django Reinhardt was a
French Gypsy who "invented" a unique style of jazz
that has become known as "Gypsy
His name is pronounced ."JANG-go .RINE-heart".
Born in poverty in a gypsy
wagon in Belgium in 1910, he died suddenly of a
cerebral hemmorage in 1953,
in the prime of his life.
He is, possibly, the most famous guitarist who has ever lived.
Gypsy Swing music is a guitarists dream come true - there are usually
guitars in a Gypsy Swing band and there is a
strong emphasis on difficult technique.
Django Reinhardt led a band in the 1930's called the
"Quintet of the
Hot Club of France".
His brother and his cousin played rhythm guitars and he was the
third guitarist, the star soloist. The violinist Stephane Grapelli
was also in the band, making the violin a
essential element in Gypsy Swing music.
Django Reinhardt is famous as a guitarist because of his
He played faster than anyone had before, and he did it
in a way that was very
The MOST amazing thing about his technique is that his left
hand was severely
burned when he was 18 and he only had
the full use of two fingers, the index and
middle. He could
also use his thumb and the stumps of his paralyzed
ring finger and pinky.
His blazing technique would have been unbelievable for a
person with normal
hands but Django Reinhardt
did it with a serious injury to his left hand.
To this day, we still can't get over it.
Links to other Django Reinhardt websites:
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