Monday, September 20, 2010
A rare clip of Jean "Django" Reinhardt, the Gypsy jazz guitarist. Django was born in Pont-à-Celles, Belgium, and spent most of his youth in Gypsy camps outside of Paris where he learned to play guitar, banjo and violin. When he was eighteen a fire destroyed the caravan he shared with his young wife, Florine, permanently disfiguring his hand. In spite of his injury, he became one of the world's most renowned jazz guitarists, forming the Quintette du Hot Club de France with violinist Stéphane Grappelli. The name "Django" is a Romani (Gypsy) nickname meaning "I Awake!"