Django Reinhardt -Stephane Grappelli – Limehouse Blues

Thanks to L. Heitmann for the You Tube

Django and Stephane …. I need say no more. They took American jazz and combined it with gypsy riffs to make gypsy jazz. Their performances at the Hot Club of France before World War II in the 1930’s.attracted a who’s who of the jazz world. American Jazz artists Duke Ellington, Louis Armstrong, Ben Webster,Coleman Hawkins and many more came to Paris to listen and sit in with them. Electronic music pioneer Les Paul made friends with Django when Django toured the U.S. in the 1950’s .

The song Limehouse Blues was written by Douglas Furber (music) and Philip Braham (lyric) for the London music hall. Gertrude Lawrence first performed it on the stage. In the 1930’s it became a jazz standard. For more, see here.

About Richard Rollo

I am a retired Community College Instructor. I taught Political Science 1 American Government for 22 years in Southern California. I am originally from Northern Minnesota. My earliest years were spent in the living quarters of a rural Duluth Winnipeg & Pacific Railway Depot. Then my family joined the great 1950's migration to Southern California where I joined up with fellow baby boomers in overcrowded schools.
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