Django Reinhardt
(1910-1953)

Died aged c. 43

Jean Reinhardt (23 January 1910 – 16 May 1953), known by his Romani nickname Django (French: [dʒãŋɡo ʁɛjnaʁt] or [dʒɑ̃ɡo ʁenɑʁt]), was a Belgian-born Romani-French jazz guitarist and composer. He was one of the first major jazz talents to emerge in Europe and has been hailed as one of its most significant exponents. With violinist Stéphane Grappelli, Reinhardt formed the Paris-based Quintette du Hot Club de France in 1934. The group was among the first to play jazz that featured the guitar as a lead instrument. Reinhardt recorded in France with many visiting American musicians, including Coleman Hawkins and Benny Carter, and briefly toured the United States with Duke Ellington's orchestra in 1946. He died suddenly of a stroke in 1953 at the age of 43. Reinhardt's most popular compositions have become standards within gypsy jazz, including "Minor Swing", "Daphne", "Belleville", "Djangology", "Swing '42", and "Nuages". Jazz guitarist Frank Vignola claims that nearly every major popular-music guitarist in the world has been influenced by Reinhardt. Over the last few decades, annual Django festivals have been held throughout Europe and the U.S., and a biography has been written about his life. In February 2017, the Berlin International Film Festival held the world premiere of the French film Django.

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Commemorated on 2 plaques

Ici vécut le guitariste et compositeur Django Reinhardt 1910 - 1953

English translation: Here lived guitarist and composer Django Reinhardt 1910 - 1953 [AWS Translate]

TBC, Samois-sur-Seine, France where they lived

Ici vécut Django Reinhardt 1910-1953 guitariste et compositeur

English translation: Here lived Django Reinhardt 1910-1953 guitarist and composer [AWS Translate]

6 avenue Frochot, Paris, France where they lived