Django Reinhardt NY Festival in November | French Culture

Going stronger than ever The Django Reinhardt NY Festival and The Allstars have taken the US by storm.  They are headed again to NY from Paris, landing at Birdland, their official home, where it all started in 2000, with an ‘idea’ inspired by Producers Ettore Stratta and Pat Philips due to their work with famed … Continue reading Django Reinhardt NY Festival in November | French Culture

‘Django’: Life — And Music — During Wartime

Though overall, a disappointment – I’m glad I finally got to see Django, which just hit my local cable movie offerings. I’ll first ac-cent-uate the positive, and say actor Reta Kateb makes a dashing Django Reinhardt. I’ll add  that close-ups of Ketab’s guitar fingering is as impressive as … well, Sean Penn’s, anyway. I can … Continue reading ‘Django’: Life — And Music — During Wartime

Etienne Comar’s “Django Melodies”

I’m greatly anticipating the upcoming release of Etienne Comar’s film,”Django Melodies,” which aims to tell a chapter from the extraordinary life story of legendary French jazz guitarist Django Reinhardt , specifically Django’s adventures trying to flee from Nazi persecution during World War II. Reinhardt co-founded the iconic Quintette du Hot Club de France with violinist Stéphane Grappelli in the … Continue reading Etienne Comar’s “Django Melodies”

Pops Goes French: “La Vie En Rose” and “C’est Si Bon”

By Ricky Riccardi June 2020 70 years ago, Louis Armstrong entered Decca’s New York studios to record two songs of French origin: “La Vie En Rose” and “C’est Si Bon.” Sy Oliver put together a terrific studio orchestra and arranged both songs for the date. The result was the biggest hit of Armstrong’s career to … Continue reading Pops Goes French: “La Vie En Rose” and “C’est Si Bon”

Uzès – I Can’t Give You Anything But Love

Gypsy jazz ala Django in Uzès By Michael Stevenson It was so cool to run into this gypsy jazz quartet performing at Place aux Herbes, in Uzès last July. In this video recorded from my iPhone, the Uzès guys (never caught their name so let’s call them The Uzèsniacs ) are masterfully strumming “I Can’t Give You Anything … Continue reading Uzès – I Can’t Give You Anything But Love