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Les Gens de voyage

Jazz guitarist and composer “Django” Reinhardt was born on January 23, 1910 with the much less colorful first name Jean. His family were Manouche gypsies, originally from Bulgaria or Romania. He’s almost always referred to as simply “Django.” As gens … Continue reading

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Avoir la moutarde qui monte au nez

Sidney Bechet (1897 – 1959), born in New Orleans, was a gifted jazz clarinetist, saxophonist, and composer. He was a largely self-taught child prodigy who traveled and toured with a variety of bands. He could read music, but preferred to … Continue reading

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