Django The Life and Music of a Gypsy Legend

ISBN-10: 0195304489

ISBN-13: 9780195304480

Edition: 2004

Authors: Michael Dregni
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Description: Django Reinhardt was arguably the greatest guitarist who ever lived, an important influence on Les Paul, Charlie Christian, B.B. King, Jerry Garcia, Chet Atkins, and many others. Yet there is no major biography of Reinhardt. Now, in Django, Michael Dregni offers a definitive portrait of this great guitarist. Handsome, charismatic, childlike, and unpredictable, Reinhardt was a character out of a picaresque novel. Born in a gypsy caravan at a crossroads in Belgium, he was almost killed in a freak fire that burned half of his body and left his left hand twisted into a claw. But with this maimed left hand flying over the frets and his right hand plucking at dizzying speed, Django became Europe's most famous jazz musician, commanding exorbitant fees--and spending the money as fast as he made it. Dregni not only chronicles this remarkably colorful life--including a fascinating account of gypsy culture--but he also sheds much light on Django's musicianship. He examines his long musical partnership with violinist Stephane Grappelli--the one suave and smooth, the other sharper and more dissonant--and he traces the evolution of their novel string jazz ensemble, Quintette du Hot Club de France. Indeed, the author spotlights Django's amazing musical diversity, describing his swing-styled Nouveau Quintette, his big band Django's Music, and his later bebop ensemble, as well as his many compositions, including symphonic pieces influenced by Ravel and Debussy and his unfinished organ mass inspired by Bach. And along the way, the author offers vivid snapshots of the jazz scene in Paris--colorful portraits of Josephine Baker, Bricktop, Louis Armstrong, Coleman Hawkins, and countless others--and of Django's vagabond wanderings around France, Europe, and the United States, where he toured with Duke Ellington. Capturing the extraordinary life and times of one of the great musicians of the twentieth century, Django is a must-read portrait of a true original.

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List price: $19.99
Copyright year: 2004
Publisher: Oxford University Press, Incorporated
Publication date: 5/12/2006
Binding: Paperback
Pages: 344
Size: 6.00" wide x 9.00" long x 1.00" tall
Weight: 1.034
Language: English

Michael Dregni is the author of the New York Times bestseller Django: The Life and Music of a Gypsy Legend. He's also a guitarist struggling to play Django's music. A regular contributor to Vintage Guitar magazine, Dregni's writing has also appeared in Guitar Player and Acoustic Guitar magazines, as well as The Utne Reader and others.

Awakening, 1910-1922
Panam, 1922-1928
La Musique Diabolique, 1926-1928
Wanderings, 1928-1934
Le Hot, 1934-1935
Djangology, 1935-1936
Swing, 1937
Ruling Britannia, 1938-1939
Nuages, 1939-1944
Echos de France, 1944-1946
Pilgrimage, 1946-1947
Schism, 1947-1950
A New Man, 1951-1953
Afterword: Gypsy Jazz
Notes
Bibliography
Acknowledgments
Index
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