The guitarist Django Reinhardt died at the age of 43. Here is all you want to know, and more!
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Manouche Romani guitarist whose jazz compositions like “Minor Swing” and “Nuages” have become jazz standards.
He married Sophie Irma Naguine Ziegler in July 1943 and they had two children together.
“I’m influenced by Django Reinhardt, Stephane Grappelly, Roland Kirk, John Coltrane, B.B. King, and then by bluegrass. But when I was 16, bluegrass wasn’t cool. We was rock n’ rollers then: Chuck Berry, Jerry Lee Lewis.” (Dickey Betts)
“I listen to anything anyone gives me. I always go back to a few basic favorites. I can always listen to Django Reinhardt and hear something I haven’t heard before. I like to listen to Art Tatum and Coltrane and Charlie Parker. Those are guys who never seem to run out of ideas.” (Jerry Garcia)
“Listen to the great guitarists of the Fifties. They didn’t do that nasty sort of industrial distortion. They played musical compositions as solos – Scotty Moore, Cliff Gallup, Django Reinhardt. There wasn’t a bad note in any of those solos. I listened to that and stayed with those rules.” (Jeff Beck)
“Every June, Gypsies come in caravans from all over Europe to honor Django Reinhardt at a festival in Samois-sur-Seine. When I was little, I started hanging out with them. They fascinated me – they really, literally, live in the moment. They take every day as if it’s their last.” (Cyrille Aimee)
“I had always been a jazz fan – Django Reinhardt, Kenny Burrell, Wes Montgomery, Joe Pass, the early George Benson. And I come from the Hank Marvin melodic upbringing. So blues, I loved, but I also liked jazz. Therefore, my style was more lyrical.” (Peter Frampton)