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Django Reinhardt

Django Reinhardt: music, mischief and magic

Django Reinhardt: music, mischief and magic. Django Reinhardt was a Gypsy jazz genius who kept on living in his caravan long after he found fame. Guitarist and devotee Martin Taylor explains why he has written a Prom in his honour

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Django Reinhardt (1910-1953) - Belgian guitarist and composer of Romani heritage. Photo by William Gottlieb, NY 1946

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• DJANGO REINHARDT (1910-1953) • Django Reinhardt was a Roma jazz musician. During World War II both Roma and jazz musicians were targeted by the Nazi regime. Over a million Roma were exterminated for presumed racial inferiority and jazz was believed to combine the worst of Blacks and Jews (i.e., “musical race defilement”). Just listening to a jazz record could get you sent to a concentration camp.

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Django Reinhardt - A French, Guitarist and Composer :: Django is often regarded as one of the greatest guitar players of all time. His third and fourth fingers were paralyzed, and he played with only his index and middle finger, creating a new technique for jazz guitar playing. #GraveyardGreats #DjangoReinhardt

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