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Django Reinhardt and the Illustrated History of Gypsy Jazz

By Michael Dregni
with Alain Antonietto &
Anne Legrand

Price: $25 - Trade Paperback w/flaps

Music | Biography

9" x 8.5", 208 pages
Over 400 color and b&w photos and reproductions

Django Reinhardt was perhaps the greatest guitarist to ever live. A Gypsy who made his jazz guitar speak with a human voice, he was dashing, charismatic, childish ? and doomed to die young after creating a legacy of Gypsy Jazz that remains vibrant today.

Django Reinhardt & the Illustrated History of Gypsy Jazz is a stylish collection of more than 200 illustrations telling Django?s story and the history of Gypsy jazz. Running through the Paris Jazz Age of the 1920s through today?s worldwide renaissance of Gypsy jazz bandsincluding Django?s own grandsonsthe images include rare archival photographs, modern images, posters, programs, tickets, guitars, memorabilia, paintings, and more.

Gypsy Jazz is a music both joyous and sad, timeless and modern. It was born from a marriage of Louis Armstrong?s trumpet with the anguished sound of Romany violin and the fire of flamenco guitar. Created amidst the glamour of Jazz Age Paris and reaching a peak during the horrors of World War II, Gypsy Jazz gave a voice to a dispossessed people. Today, Gypsy Jazz is more popular than ever. It has a legacy as strong as the Cuban sounds of the Buena Vista Social Club, the blues of B. B. King, or the R&B of Ray Charles.

Michael Dregni is the author of the New York Times bestseller Django: The Life and Music of a Gypsy Legend. He?s also a guitarist struggling to play Django?s music. A regular contributor to Vintage Guitar magazine, Dregni?s writing has also appeared in Guitar Player and Acoustic Guitar magazines, as well as The Utne Reader and others. He?s the author of more than a dozen obscure books on a variety of eccentric topics. Michael Dregni lives in Minneapolis, Minnesota, with his one wife, two sons, and too many guitars.

Alain Antonietto is the world?s pioneering historian of jazz tsigane. He is the author of numerous articles on Romany music, a long-time contributor to La Revue Etudes Tsiganes, and producer of albums collecting rare Gypsy music. He is also the co-author of Django Reinhardt: Un géant sur son nuage and Django Reinhardt: Rythmes futurs. He lives in Belleville, a Paris quartier made famous by Django?s jazz melody of the same name.

Anne Legrand holds a Ph.D. in the history
of music and musicology from the University of Paris Sorbonne. She curates the vast and important Charles Delaunay archives at the audiovisual department of the Bibliothèque Nationale de France. Anne has published essays on jazz history in reviews such as Les Cahiers du Jazz, Études, Cahiers d?Histoire de la Radiodiffusion, and Jazzman magazine.

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