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The death of jazz in France--1940

Post  pinhedz on Mon Jun 06, 2011 3:58 pm

You read it hear first--in fact you read it here only--only the pinhed has this issue of Downbeat Magazine:

Where is Reinhardt?

Together with Django Reinhardt, Philippe Brun, and the tenorist Alex Combelle, one of Hawk's few white rivals, and one or two more French stars free from military service, these last few exponents of swing kept the flag flying almost to the end and every Sunday afternoon one could hear Delaunay broadcasting their records from Poste Parisien.

But that was just prior to the break-through preceding the battle of France. Now jazz is dead in the country whose watchword was once Liberty, Equality, and Fraternity, and it will be many a long day before the horn is heard again in the deserted boites of Montmartre Hill ...

Efforts have been made to locate Django Reinhardt in the endeavor to bring him over to london to join his fiddle playing sidekick Grappelly, but he cannot be traced. Whether he joined the throng who trailed wearily Bordeauxwards is not known. Maybe he has resumed the nomadic caravan life he knew before the Hot Club brought him forth into the limelight of world fame and with his guitar is wandering somewhere about France. Few there will be now to listen to the uncanny genius of one of the greatest natural musicians jazz has ever known.

-- James P. Holloway
Downbeat 15 August, 1940

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Post  pinhedz on Mon Jun 06, 2011 4:01 pm

Here is Django with Grappelly. This clip is important because it is often said that Django only had the use of two fingers on his left hand. As you can see, he does all of the fast runs with only two fingers, but he uses all 4 fingers for chords (although he doesn't use them the way you or I would):


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Post  pinhedz on Mon Jun 06, 2011 4:19 pm

Grappelli played at Blues Alley in Washington DC in the 1980s. I told Grushenka this was our chance to see him, because he was in his mid-70s and would not live forever.

Grushenka said--"Don't putting it off any longer."

We went without a reservation, but when the club folks saw Grushenka, they put us at a table right up front. Grushenka has a way of breaking down all barriers and cutting through red tape.

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Post  pinhedz on Mon Jun 06, 2011 4:28 pm

Close-up of Django's left hand after the fire, and Grappelli talks about old times:


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Post  pinhedz on Sun Aug 09, 2015 12:43 pm

pinhedz wrote:Where is Reinhardt?

Downbeat 15 August, 1940

He's on the train (starting at 2:05 --right after Bechet):


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Post  pinhedz on Sat Jul 02, 2016 2:47 pm

Since there are black people and Marlene Dietrich in this clip, that must mean it's post-liberation. cheers


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Post  Yakima Canutt on Sat Jul 02, 2016 4:06 pm

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Post  pinhedz on Sun Jul 03, 2016 5:06 am

So, how exactly did Django manage to survive the occupation? scratch Suspect

Well, when the Nazis invaded France, they sent this officer who turned out to be totally unreliable as a Nazi enforcer.

If you want somebody to exterminate the gypsies, Jews and negros, it doesn't make sense to send somebody who hung out at the Hot Club de France in the 1930s, and wrote his dissertation on jazz recordings in 1939. Shocked

I mean WHAT WHERE THEY THINKING? Razz


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Post  pinhedz on Sun Jul 03, 2016 5:26 am

Dietrich Schulz-Köhn

"1934 gründete er den ersten deutschen Jazzclub Swing-Club in Königsberg. Ab 1935 war Schulz-Köhn bei der Deutschen Grammophon Gesellschaft beschäftigt. Er gab auch die Platten der Brunswick Records heraus; ab 1939 arbeitete er bei Telefunken als Jazz-Redakteur. 1938 trat er in die NSDAP ein, nachdem er schon 1933 in Magdeburg der SA beigetreten war.[1] Außerdem war er Korrespondent von ausländischen Zeitschriften wie des Billboard und des schwedischen Orkester Journalen. Seit 1935 war er ebenfalls Mitglied von Charles Delaunays Hot Club de France, den er 1936 und 1937 in Frankreich besuchte. Auch an der 1936er Ausgabe von dessen Diskografie-Buch arbeitete er mit."

"Schulz-Köhn hielt diese Kontakte in Paris auch während des Zweiten Weltkriegs aufrecht, obwohl er bis zum Oberleutnant der Luftwaffe aufstieg und obwohl Delaunay gleichzeitig in der Résistance wirkte  Shocked . Er ließ sich sogar in Wehrmachtsuniform mit Django Reinhardt und der einzigen damals noch spielenden Band mit afro-amerikanischen Mitgliedern vor dem „Club Cygale“ in Paris fotografieren."

Worst Nazi ever. What a Face

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Post  Yakima Canutt on Sun Jul 03, 2016 6:13 am

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Post  pinhedz on Sun Jul 03, 2016 7:43 am

Eventually Django followed Bob's lead and went electric. Shocked
Needless to say, his longtime fans were shocked ... not.

Maybe this was the real death of jazz in France


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Post  pinhedz on Sun Jul 03, 2016 8:07 am

The Nazi jazz-Doktor used his time in France to get more records for his collection.

But he didn't know how to say "records," he only knew how to say "Die Schallplatte auf dem Weltmarkt."

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