Django, russian cabaret, a spy and german soldiers - Oct 40

PapsPierPapsPier ✭✭
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today I want to share the second article of a series that we could call Listen to Django during WWII. This article describes the concerts he gave at the cabaret Le Monte Cristo in October 1940.

I let you read to see how the spy, Germans etc, come into play.

I must admit that for this one, I was not able to get any direct information about the Quintet itself but I think this article will still give you a better idea of what Django and the Quintet were doing at that time.

Please let me know if you have any suggestions for the upcoming posts.



  • swiesslerswiessler NorCalNew Dupont MD20,Gibson L5,Bumgarner F hole(DiMauro type)
    Posts: 42

    Très intéressant! Une description véritable de la vie en Paris pendant la guerre du monde deux.

  • spatzospatzo Virtuoso
    edited July 22 Posts: 708

    That's a nice article! Tks PapsPier!

    I think that you can find other photos of Makinsky (maybe with no"ck") for exemple here:

  • AndyWAndyW Glasgow Scotland UK✭✭✭ Clarinets & Saxes- Selmer, Conn, Buescher, Leblanc // Guitars: Gerome, Musicalia, Bucolo et. al.
    edited July 22 Posts: 337

    I want to know more about the accordion-playing "wild Gypsy" princess, 'Marco', with her long black hair & shining eyes, also the singer, Nara or Hara Padlo... who was she?

    <edited for dumbness>

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  • PapsPierPapsPier ✭✭
    Posts: 400

    Thanks for your support guys! I saw the pictures you refer too Spatzo but because it is not free (from Getty) and it is again pictures after war, I didnt think too relevant to include them.

    And for his name, I saw it written Makinsky, Mackinsky or even Makiwsky. I can tell you that it was hard to find any relevant information with the wrong name! In the end, I chose to go with Mackinsky because it is the name I found in the official report he filed in 1958 with the Comite d histoire de la seconde guerre mondiale.

    Andy, in another newsclip we have another description of the gypsy princess, called Gypsy Markoff which is not super interesting but I must admit that I didnt look for more information about her. Neither did I look for more about Nara Padlo. (especially because she is mentioned as a minor artist, who probably just had a career in this type of cabarets). I already spent so much time tracking down Galia Toumanova, which is just a minor artist, I didnt really want to do it again LOL.

  • AndyWAndyW Glasgow Scotland UK✭✭✭ Clarinets & Saxes- Selmer, Conn, Buescher, Leblanc // Guitars: Gerome, Musicalia, Bucolo et. al.
    Posts: 337

    Ahah- here's Gypsy, she's rather infamous and rather beautiful:

    there are quite a few references to her on internet - I wonder if she ever played with Django & the Hot Club guys??

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  • Wim GlennWim Glenn oƃɐɔᴉɥƆModerator 503
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    The blog post above does not load for me, but there were loads of google results - Olga "Gypsy" Markoff, born Russia 1917

    An interesting anecdote: apparently she was one of the 15 survivors of plane crash into the Tagus River, Portugal (February 22, 1943) and 10 years later wins damages from Pan American Airlines

  • BonesBones Moderator
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    Wow interesting thanks! Wish I could read French.

  • Posts: 2,480

    @Bones use Google translate, it does a good job.

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