On This Day

Django Reinhardt

Jazz Guitarist Django Reinhardt

Full Name: Jean "Django" Reinhardt
Profession: Jazz Guitarist

Nationality:
Belgium
Belgian
France
French

Why Famous: Inducted into the Big Band and Jazz Hall of Fame in 1984, Reinhardt forged a new genre of music now known as Gypsy jazz, or Jazz manouche.

Despite having only two functional fingers on his left hand, Reinhardt was one of the most important and greatest jazz guitarists of all time.

Born: January 23, 1910
Birthplace: Liberchies, Pont-à-Celles, Belgium

Generation: Greatest Generation
Chinese Zodiac: Rooster
Star Sign: Aquarius

Died: May 16, 1953 (aged 43)
Cause of Death: Brain hemorrhage

Events in the Life of Django Reinhardt

  • 1937-07-10 Dutch Django Reinhardt's "Quintette, premieres in du Hot Club"