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Django Reinhardt

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Django Reinhardt was the initial hugely influential jazz shape to emerge from European countries — and he remains to be probably the most influential Western european even today, with possible competition from Joe Zawinul, George Shearing, John McLaughlin, his outdated cohort Stephane Grappelli along with a bare couple of others. A free-spirited gypsy, Reinhardt wasn’t probably the most dependable person on earth, often wandering off in to the countryside on the whim. However Reinhardt developed a distinctive method of propelling the humble classical guitar into the entrance type of a jazz combo in the times before amplification became wide-spread. He’d spin joyous, arcing, marvelously inflected solos above the thrumming bottom of two tempo guitars along with a bass, with Grappelli’s elegantly gliding violin offering as the ideal foil. His harmonic principles had been startling because of their time — producing a primary impression upon Charlie Christian and Les Paul, amongst others — and he was an energizing tempo guitarist behind Grappelli, pressing their groups right into a higher equipment. Not only do Reinhardt place his stamp upon jazz, his string music group music also experienced a direct effect upon the parallel advancement of Western golf swing, which eventually given in to the wellspring of what’s now called nation music. Although he cannot go through music, with Grappelli and by himself, Reinhardt composed many winsome, highly initial music like “Daphne,” “Nuages” and “Manoir de Mes Reves,” in addition to mad swingers like “Small Swing” as well as the ode to his record label from the ’30s, “Stomping at Decca.” Because the past due Ralph Gleason stated about Django’s recordings, “These were European plus they had been French plus they had been still jazz.” A violinist 1st along with a guitarist later on, Jean Baptiste “Django” Reinhardt was raised inside a gypsy camp near Paris where he assimilated the gypsy stress into his music. A devastating caravan open fire in 1928 terribly burned his remaining hands, depriving him of the usage of the 4th and fifth fingertips, however the resourceful Reinhardt determined a book fingering program to bypass the issue that probably makes up about a number of the originality of his design. According to 1 tale, during his recovery period, Reinhardt was launched to American jazz when he discovered a 78 RPM disk of Louis Armstrong’s “Dallas Blues” at an Orleans flea marketplace. Then resumed his profession playing in Parisian cafes until 1 day in 1934 when Warm Club main Pierre Nourry suggested the thought of an all-string music group to Reinhardt and Grappelli. Therefore was created the Quintet from the Warm Golf club of France, which quickly became a global draw because of a long, marvelous group of Ultraphone, Decca and HMV recordings. The outbreak of battle in 1939 split up the Quintette, with Grappelli staying in London where in fact the group was playing and Reinhardt time for France. Through the battle years, he led a huge music group, another quintet with clarinetist Hubert Rostaing instead of Grappelli, and following the liberation of Paris, documented with such going to American jazzmen as Mel Powell, Peanuts Hucko and Ray McKinley. In 1946, Reinhardt used the guitar and toured America being a soloist using the Duke Ellington music group but his performances had been poorly received. A few of his recordings on guitar past due in his lifestyle are bop escapades where his playing noises frantic and jagged, a global in addition to the jubilant golf swing of old. Nevertheless, beginning in Jan. 1946, Reinhardt and Grappelli kept many sporadic reunions where in fact the bop influences tend to be more subtly built-into the previous, still-fizzing golf swing format. In the 1950s, Reinhardt became even more reclusive, staying in European countries, playing and documenting occasionally until his loss of life from a heart stroke in 1953. His Scorching Club recordings in the `30s are his most amazing legacy; their heart and sound could be sensed in current groupings like Holland’s Rosenberg Trio.

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Full Name Django Reinhardt
Died May 16, 1953, Fontainebleau, France
Profession Actor, Composer, Songwriter, Lyricist, Jazz guitarist
Nationality Belgian
Spouse Sophie Ziegler, Florine Mayer
Children Babik Reinhardt, Henri Reinhardt
Parents Jean Eugene Weiss, Laurence Reinhardt
Siblings Joseph Reinhardt
Awards Grammy Hall of Fame
Music Groups Quintette du Hot Club de France
Music Songs Minor Swing, Nuages, Honeysuckle Rose, I'll See You In My Dreams, After You've Gone, Les yeux noirs, The Sheik of Araby, J'Attendrai, Manoir de mes rêves, Django's Tiger, September Song, Swing 42, Limehouse Blues, Douce Ambiance, Swing from Paris, Anouman, Confessin', I Got Rhythm, Three-Fingered Lightning, Blues En Mineur, Blues for Ike, Ain't Misbehavin', Troublant Bolero, Lover Man, Mélodie Au Crépuscule, Dinah, Swing '48, When Day Is Done, Blues Clair, Oriental Shuffle, Exactly Like You, Swing Guitars
Albums Paris 1945, Django Reinhardt & Stéphane Grappelli, Runnin' Wild, Sultan Of Swing, Django Reinhardt Collection (40 ans après), Jazz From Paris, The Rome Sessions (Vol 1 - 1949/ 1950), Quintesential, Classic Jazz Guitars, Complete 1934 - 1935, Two Artists For One Price - Django Reinhardt & Sonny Davis, The Essential Collection (50 Tracks Digitally Remastered), Djangology - The Complete Recordings 1934 - 1937, Platinum Collection, Vol. 1, Django Reinhardt Selected Favorites, Vol. 3, Postwar Recordings (B), Just Django Reinhardt, The Quintessence Django, Vol. 2: Paris - Londres 1935-1947, Intégrale Django Reinhardt, vol. 2 : 1934-1935 (I Saw Stars), Django Reinhardt Plays the George Gershwin & Duke Ellington Songbooks (Bonus Track Version), Jersey Bounce (Mono Version), The Swing Sessions, Vol. 4, Intégrale Django Reinhardt, vol. 10 (1940) - Nuages, Nuages, Paris Music Hall - Django Reinhardt, Ciné-Stars : Django Reinhardt, Jazz At the Hot Club of Paris With Guitar & Violin (1934 - 1939), Hot Club, Vol. 2, Intégrale Django Reinhardt, vol. 9 (1939-1940) - H.C.Q. Strut, The Art Of The Jazz Guitar Vol. II, Django Reinhardt from A to Z, Vol.3, Django Reinhardt: The Historic Gypsy Jazz Recordings, Djangologie Vol19 / 1949 - 1950 Inédits, Postwar Recordings (A), Django Reinhardt Anthology, Vol. 2, Django Reinhardt Selected Favorites, Vol. 9, Django On Blue Star, Vol. 2 (Gipsy With a Song), Intégrale Django Reinhardt, vol. 5 (1936-1937) - Mystery Pacific, The Complete Django Reinhardt, Vol. 16: Intégrale 1948 Festival 48, Django Reinhardt (Mono Version), Echoes Of Spain, Djangology, The Best of Django Reinhardt, The Classic Early Recordings in Chronological Order, Django Reinhardt & Stephane Grappelli, Django Reinhardt et le Quintet du Hot Club de France, Djangology 49, Plays Django, Parisian Swing, Djangology, Vol. 1, Best Of The Radio Sessions, Verve Jazz Masters 38
Movies Lacombe, Lucien, Jazz Hot, Emak-Bakia, Django Reinhardt, Changes and Exchanges


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Soundtrack

Soundtrack

TitleYearStatusCharacter
Catastrophe TV Series performer - 1 episode, 2015 writer - 1 episode, 2015
By the Sea 2015 performer: "All the Things You Are", "Dream of You"
My First Apartamento: Ramdane Touhami 2015 Documentary short performer: "Baby Won't You Please Come Home"
A Grand Day Out 2014 Short "Belleville"
Supermensch: The Legend of Shep Gordon 2013 Documentary writer: "Swing 42"
Ginger & Rosa 2012 performer: "Body and Soul"
The Art Of... When You're Hot, Young, Poor and a Filmmaker! 2012 TV Series performer - 1 episode
B.B. King: The Life of Riley 2012 Documentary performer: "Sweet Chorus" / writer: "Sweet Chorus"
Waiting for a Stranger 2011 Short performer: "Troublant Bolero" / writer: "Troublant Bolero"
The Big Year 2011 performer: "Minor Swing" / writer: "Minor Swing" - as Jean Reinhardt
P.O.V. TV Series documentary performer - 1 episode, 2011 writer - 1 episode, 2011
Independent Lens 2011 TV Series documentary performer - 1 episode
Fringe TV Series performer - 1 episode, 2010 writer - 1 episode, 2010
Mafia II 2010 Video Game performer: "BELLEVILLE", "YOU'RE DRIVING ME CRAZY" / writer: "BELLEVILLE"
Julie & Julia 2009 writer: "Minor Swing"
Banda sonora 2009 TV Series performer - 1 episode
The Curious Case of Benjamin Button 2008 performer: "Daphne" / writer: "Daphne"
Seitenblicke 2008 TV Series documentary performer - 1 episode
Jugeodo haepi ending 2007 "Impromptu"
BioShock 2007 Video Game performer: "La Mer"
American Masters 2007 TV Series documentary 1 episode
The Sopranos TV Series performer - 1 episode, 2007 writer - 1 episode, 2007
Does Your Soul Have a Cold? 2007 Documentary performer: "Charleston", "You're Driving Me Crazy", "Solitude", "Body and Soul"
Zeldman 2006 Short performer: "Manoir de Mes Reves" / writer: "Manoir de Mes Reves"
Ask the Dust 2006 performer: "Blue Drag"
Daltry Calhoun 2005 writer: "Minor Swing"
The Aviator 2004 performer: "I Can't Give You Anything But Love" 1928, "Ou Est Tu, Mon Amour?", "Rhythm Futur" / writer: "Rhythm Futur"
Head in the Clouds 2004 writer: "Minor Swing"
Something's Gotta Give 2003 performer: "Brazil"
The Matrix Revolutions 2003 performer: "Nuages" / writer: "Nuages"
Chooch 2003 writer: "PLACE DE BROUCKERE"
Mafia: The City of Lost Heaven 2002 Video Game arranger: "Echoes of France: Variations on La Marseillaise" / performer: "Honeysuckle Rose", "Minor Swing", "Coucou", "Rhythm Futur", "Vendredi 13", "Oiseaux des Iles", "Belleville", "Coquette", "Lentement, Mademoiselle", "Douce ambiance", "Manoir de mes rêves", "Cavalerie", "Echoes of France: Variations on La Marseillaise" / writer: "Minor Swing", "Rhythm Futur", "Vendredi 13", "Oiseaux des Iles", "Belleville", "Lentement, Mademoiselle", "Douce ambiance", "Manoir de mes rêves", "Cava
L'idole 2002 performer: "Nuages", "Manoir de mes Rêves" / writer: "Nuages", "Manoir de mes Rêves"
Kate & Leopold 2001 performer: "Honeysuckle Rose"
Crossing Jordan 2001 TV Series performer - 1 episode
Town & Country 2001 performer: "Minor Swing" / writer: "Minor Swing"
Sidewalks of New York 2001 performer: "Naguine" 1936 / writer: "Naguine" 1936
Chocolat 2000 writer: "Minor Swing"
Endora 1999 Short performer: "It's A-Muggin" instrumental
Sweet and Lowdown 1999 performer: "When Day Is Done" 1926, "Avalon" 1920, "Liebestraum No. 3" 1850 / writer: "Mystery Pacific" 1936-7
The Matrix 1999 performer: "Minor Swing" / writer: "Minor Swing"
Guinevere 1999 performer: "Djangology" 1934 / writer: "Djangology" 1934
B. Monkey 1998 performer: "BILLETS DOUX", "SOUVENIRS" / writer: "SOUVENIRS"
Rushmore 1998 performer: "Manoir de Mes Reves" / writer: "Manoir de Mes Reves"
Gattaca 1997 writer: "Nuages"
Metroland 1997 performer: "Blues Clair" / writer: "Minor Swing", "Blues Clair"
Deconstructing Harry 1997 performer: "Out of Nowhere" 1931
In Praise of Older Women 1997 writer: "Minor Swing"
Familia 1996 "Sweet Chorus", "Tears", "Are You in the Mood?"
Camping Cosmos 1996 writer: "Nuages"
The Pallbearer 1996 performer: "I Surrender Dear"
Junior 1994 writer: "ARE YOU IN THE MOOD"
With Honors 1994 performer: "Dream of You"
Swing Kids 1993 writer: "DAPHNE MANOIR DE MES REVES"
Arizona Dream 1993 "Minor Swing" / performer: "You're Driving Me Crazy", "Minor Swing", "Topsy"
L.A. Story 1991 performer: "I've Had My Moments", "La Mer", "Smoke Rings"
Mermaids 1990 performer: "I've Found a New Baby"
New York Stories 1989 performer: "What Is This Thing Called Love", "Bolero De Django" / writer: "Bolero De Django"
La maison de jade 1988 performer: "Taj Mahal"
Unser Auto wird 100 TV Series documentary performer - 1 episode, 1985 writer - 1 episode, 1985
The Man You Know 1984 Short performer: "Parisianne Swing: Black and White Rag"
Android 1982 performer: "Heavy Artillery" / writer: "Heavy Artillery"
Stardust Memories 1980 performer: "I'll See You in My Dreams" 1924, "Body and Soul" 1930
New York, New York 1977 performer: "Billets doux"
Lacombe, Lucien 1974 music: "Minor Swing", "Manoir de mes rêves", "Nuages", "Douce Ambiance", "Fleur d'Ennui", "Lentement Madamoiselle"
Catch-22 1970 performer: "September Song" - uncredited
Un cirque passe 1950 Documentary short music: "Nuages" - uncredited

Composer

Composer

TitleYearStatusCharacter
Vivos 2013 Short completed
The Skeletor Show 2012 TV Series 2012
La parte vuota 2011 Short
Independent Lens 2003 TV Series documentary 1 episode
De wording 1988 Documentary
Le village de la colère 1947

Music Department

Music Department

TitleYearStatusCharacter
The Skeletor Show 2012 TV Series composer: theme music - 2012
Genie 2011 Video short
The Man Who Mistook His Wife for a Hat 2006 Short music by

Actor

Actor

TitleYearStatusCharacter
Saluti e baci 1953 Django Reinhardt
Stage Door Canteen 1943 Django Reinhardt (uncredited)

Self

Self

TitleYearStatusCharacter
Stars in Your Eyes 1948 TV Series Himself
Clair de lune 1932 Himself (uncredited)

Archive Footage

Archive Footage

TitleYearStatusCharacter
Mulatschag 2010 TV Series Himself
Legends 2007 TV Series documentary Himself
Scene by Scene 2000 TV Series Himself
Crossroads 1999 TV Movie documentary Part 2 as Django
The Subject Is Jazz 1958 TV Series Himself
Django Reinhardt 1957 Short Himself

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