Django Reinhardt

Jean Baptise Reinhardt was born in Liberchies, Belgium, in 1910. Despite losing the use of two fingers on his left hand in a caravan fire, he developed a distinctive style of guitar playing. Now known as Django Reinhardt, he moved to France where he joined up with jazz violinist, Stephane Grappelli.

Reinhardt moved to the United States in 1946 where he joined the Duke Ellington Orchestra. Reinhardt played both acoustic and electric guitar and influenced a generation of musicians. Django Reinhardt died in 1953.

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