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Jean 'Django' Reinhardt (Composer)

Born: 23rd January 1910, Liberchies, Pont a Celles, Belgium

Died: 16th May 1953, Samois sur Seine, France

Nationality: Belgian

Jean Reinhardt known by his Romani nickname Django (French: [dʒãŋɡo ʁɛjnaʁt] or [dʒɑ̃ɡo ʁenɑʁt]), was a Belgian-born Romani-French jazz guitarist and composer. He has been hailed as one of the first major jazz talents to emerge in Europe and as one of its most significant exponents.

With violinist Stéphane Grappelli, Reinhardt formed the Paris-based Quintette du Hot Club de France in 1934. The group was among the first to play jazz that featured the guitar as a lead instrument. Reinhardt recorded in France with many visiting American musicians, including Coleman Hawkins and Benny Carter, and briefly toured the United States with Duke Ellington's orchestra in 1946. He died suddenly of a stroke in 1953 at the age of 43.

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