What would you do if your body was burned to the point that your doctors wanted to amputate your leg and told you that you’d never play music again? Django Reinhardt (already an accomplished banjo player at 18) decided to keep his leg and play the guitar his brother brought for him to play while he recuperated. Django ended up creating a vibrant style of jazz.
Life gave Django a burnt lemon, and he made some smokin’ lemonade. Spiked.
Around 12 years ago I was introduced to Django Reinhardt’s music and fell in love with it. Learning more about the music and the man only deepens my respect and passion for the genre. There are some references to practice in the video, but it’s value is in the telling of Django’s story. Well worth an hour of your time.
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- Django Reinhardt on Grooveshark (grooveshark.com)
- Happy Birthday, Django Reinhardt (mentalfloss.com)
- Django Reinhardt: Great Gypsy Jazz (dentonjazz135.com)
- Jazz ‘Hot’: The Rare 1938 Short Film With Jazz Legend Django Reinhardt (openculture.com)
- Les Gens de voyage (onequalitythefinest.com)