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The Resource Django : the life and music of a Gypsy legend, Michael Dregni

Django : the life and music of a Gypsy legend, Michael Dregni

Label
Django : the life and music of a Gypsy legend
Title
Django
Title remainder
the life and music of a Gypsy legend
Statement of responsibility
Michael Dregni
Creator
Subject
Genre
Language
eng
Summary
  • "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 sharp and dissonant, the other suave and smooth - 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."--BOOK JACKET
Summary
The first major critical biography of the great jazz musician chronicles the colorful life of guitarist Django Reinhardt, including his long musical relationship with violinist Stephane Grapelli and his wanderings around Europe and the United States
Biography type
individual biography
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264761
Cataloging source
DLC
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1961-
http://library.link/vocab/creatorName
Dregni, Michael
Dewey number
B
Illustrations
illustrations
Index
index present
Literary form
non fiction
Nature of contents
bibliography
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True
http://library.link/vocab/subjectName
  • Reinhardt, Django
  • Guitarists
  • Jazz musicians
Target audience
adult
http://bibfra.me/vocab/lite/titleRemainder
the life and music of a Gypsy legend
Label
Django : the life and music of a Gypsy legend, Michael Dregni
Instantiates
Publication
Bibliography note
Includes bibliographical references (p. [279]-315) and index
Contents
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 -- Echoes de France, 1944-1946 -- Pilgrimage, 1946-1947 -- Schism, 1947-1950 -- A new man, 1951-1953 -- Afterword: Gypsy Jazz
Control code
000025403326
Dimensions
24 cm.
Extent
326 p.
Isbn
9780195167528
Lccn
2004006214
Other physical details
ill.
Label
Django : the life and music of a Gypsy legend, Michael Dregni
Publication
Bibliography note
Includes bibliographical references (p. [279]-315) and index
Contents
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 -- Echoes de France, 1944-1946 -- Pilgrimage, 1946-1947 -- Schism, 1947-1950 -- A new man, 1951-1953 -- Afterword: Gypsy Jazz
Control code
000025403326
Dimensions
24 cm.
Extent
326 p.
Isbn
9780195167528
Lccn
2004006214
Other physical details
ill.

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