[Dixielandjazz] Django Reinhardt's birthday celebrated on DaveRamsey's Rifftides blog

GIORGI, RIC ricgiorgi at sympatico.ca
Fri Jan 25 06:43:10 PST 2013

How free to perform were Parisian musicians?

In the early '70s I was working my way through university (UWO) playing bass
around London Ontario. One night on a bar gig I noticed an older gentleman
listening intently and went to talk to him during a break. He was a doctor
in the German army in Paris in those years and saw Django often but it was
in a "underground" club and he said all the German officers there could have
been shot if they'd been found in the place. "Jazz" was officially outlawed
but there were enough officers in high positions to protect those playing it
covertly. Publicly, it would have been their death warrant.

-So, here was the famous gypsy musician performing freely in Paris while his
fellow gypsies
-were being taken to the concentration camps, just like the Jews. During the
video clip
-featuring the lovely music, various photos are  shown-many of Django,of
course, and one
-photo of Michael Dregni's excellent biography of Django. I highly recommend
it-well written -and well researched.

Ric Giorgi
Resa's Pieces Strings

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