Paul Balmer Stephane Grappelli: A Life in Jazz Paul Balmer  Stephane Grappelli: A Life in Jazz Default Manufacturer This riveting book by Paul Balmer is the definitive biography of a unique musician whose life spanned the 20th century. Stephane Grappelli’s astonishing career ran on a parallel track to the history of Jazz itself. Born in Paris in 1908 Grappelli was to become a member of the greatest European Jazz band of them all - the pre-war Hot Club de France Quintet - playing Violin alongside gypsy Guitar legend Django Reinhardt. Tat dazzling association with Reinhardt may have brought Grappelli his greatest fame, but his prodigious talent was also to give him a long and varied career in music playing with everyone from Duke Ellington and Joe Venuti to George Shearing and Oscar Peterson. This rich and revealing biography takes its place alongside the author’s BAFTA-nominated DVD about Grappelli, an exceptional musician whose fascinating personal story also vividly illuminates the history of American Jazz in Europe. Arts & Entertainment balmer-grappelli-a-life-in-jazz 1008 25.00 DjangoBooks.com
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Paul Balmer Stephane Grappelli: A Life in Jazz

Paul Balmer Stephane Grappelli: A Life in Jazz

Born in Paris in 1908, Stephane Grappelli experienced every decade of the jazz century. At the age of six, his precocious talents led him to study dance with the tempestuous Isadora Duncan before the First World War forced him into the streets on Montmartre, where he displayed the grit and determination that would propel him to the stages of the world. Grappellis astounding story spans 77 years, during which time he performed with the great names in jazz: Duke Ellington, Dizzy Gillespie, Oscar Peterson, George Shearing, Joe Venuti and Martin Taylor. But it is his performances with Django Reinhardt, his greatest friend, for which he is perhaps best remembered. Together, the pair cut a swathe through the embryonic world of music recording, building a legacy that would outlive them both. Containing exclusive interviews with Stephane, contributions from his friends and family, much newly discovered evidence on both Stephane and Django and many previously unpublished photographs, Stephane Grappelli: With and Without Django is a slice of music history, a testament to a man who invented his own style of jazz.

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