Django Reinhardt – One Of the Greatest Jazz Guitarists
Doug Ramsey celebrates what would have been Django Reinhardt’s 103rd birthday on January 23rd posting the gorgeous 1940 version of his “Nuages.” It is really remarkable that, in an era when European jazz musicians were trying to imitate the American innovators, Reinhardt and Stephane Grappelli developed an original music that was as rooted in French and Gypsy culture as it was in American jazz. A nice bonus is a video of the Aaron Diehl Quartet with Warren Wolf on vibes burning on an extended version of John Lewis’s “Django”.
-Michael CuscunaRead More
Look out for Jenny Scheinman
Around this time of year, Winter Jazzfest is on the brain in New York. Here’s a look at violinist Jenny Scheinman and her hot band, Mischief and Mayhem, at last year’s Winter Jazzfest at Le Poisson Rouge with Nels Cline’s guitar, Todd Sickafoose on bass and Jim Black on drums. People attribute lots of conceivable influences to Jenny Scheinman, including folk roots and classical tendencies; as I hear it, though, her sound is fiercely her own. Thanks to Peter Hum for pointing to this clip.
-Nick MoyView Video