タグ別アーカイブ: Stephane Grappelli

Jazz violinist(2)

November 15. 2016

Django Reinhardt & Stephane Grappelli

Django Reinhardt & Stephane Grappelli

Stephan Grappelli and Django Reinhardt met at the Croix du Sud Montparnasse nightclub in early 1934.

They organized new band with the addition of two rhythm guitars and a double bass.

The member included Reinhardt’s brother Joseph, guitarist Roger Chaput and double bassist Louis Vola.

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Left to right: Roger Chaput, Stéphane Grappelli, Louis Vola, Joseph Reinhardt and Django Reinhardt.

Their first engagement was organized by the Hot Club de France.

They became known as “the Quintette du Hot Club de France. ”

The band was one of the earliest and most influential jazz groups in Europe.

They toured Europe with a style of music dubbed “Gypsy Jazz.”

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Grappelli said about the Quintette du Hot Club de France:

“One day he was strumming on his guitar, and Istarted to improvise with him.”

Also he said: “There were no microphones then, so it was hard for a violin to be heard.

It was a revolution to play jazz only with string instruments.”

I found a terrific article about the Quintette du Hot Club.Go here

Here is the rare clip of Django Reinhardt & Stephane Grappelli(1939) .

Here is Django Reinhardt & Stéphane Grappelli play “Minor Swing”.

Here is The Quintette du Hot Club de France play “The Sheik of Araby”.(1937)

Jazz violinist(1)

November 15. 2016

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Photo of Aska Kaneko

Recently I enjoyed a terrific violin performance.

I heard for the first time Aska Kaneko who is Japanese violinist at Arcadia Grace Hall in Ashiya City in Hyogo.

Please refer to Aska Kaneko “金子飛鳥”.Go here

So I tried to find out about the jazz violinist.

This week I want to post about a few jazz violinists.

First I must write about Stephane Grappelli.

Stephane Grappelli was born in Paris in 1908.

In those days his family was very poor.

When he was 4 his mother died and he spent time in orphanages and boarding schools.

Then he was largely self-taught as a musician.

He began learning to play piano in cafes and cabarets.

The club owners let him practice on their house pianos during off hours.

When he was 13, his father bought him a secondhand violin.

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Django Reinhardt & Stephane Grappelli

Consequently he earned money playing the popular music of the day on the streets of Paris and Montmartre.

In 1934, Grappelli met a young gypsy guitarist named Django Reinhardt.

Here is Aska Kaneko with Gaia Cuatro play “Gaia” by live from their 2006 Japan Tour.

Here is Aska Kaneko and Kazumi Watanabe(Resonance Vox) play “Peking Doll” (1991).

Here is Stephane Grappelli plays “Someone to Watch Over Me”.