Legendary Belgian gypsy jazz guitarist Django Reinhardt’s “hot swing” style and music caused a sensation in Europe in the 1930s and 1940s and is still popular today. Django along with famed violinist Stephane Grappelli were the stars of The Quintet of the Hot Club of France, which defined this style of music, known as Le Jazz Hot.
Django was a gypsy guitar virtuoso, called a genius by many. His influence lives on through recordings and talented musicians who continue to enjoy and appreciate his very special and original style of swing music.
Jean Reinhardt, better known as “Django” was born January 23, 1910 in Liberchies, Pont-a-Celles, Belgium. He died in 1953.
Several of Django’s descendants are musicians who play music influenced by their legendary ancestor.
The Django Reinhardt Festival, produced by Pat Phillips and Ettore Stratta, serves to preserve and carry forward the musical legacy of Django as well as the many possibilities of creativity that can grow from his enormous talent and inspiration by presenting the top players in the world of this music.