Reinhardt, Django

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Reinhardt, Django Gender: M
Jean Reinhart
born on 23 January 1910 at 15:00 (= 3:00 PM )
Place Liberchies, Belgium, 50n31, 4e25
Timezone GMT h0e (is standard time)
Data source
BC/BR in hand
Rodden Rating AA
Collector: Rodden
Astrology data s_su.18.gif s_aqucol.18.gif 02°45' s_mo.18.gif s_cancol.18.gif 09°38 Asc.s_cancol.18.gif 19°21'

Portrait of Django Reinhardt 
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Django Reinhardt
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Belgian jazz musician and composer who gained an international reputation for his recordings. He lived the lifestyle of a typical gypsy, roaming Belgium and France in his caravan, picking up skills in playing the violin, banjo and guitar. At 18 he was seriously burned in a caravan fire on 26 October 1928, taking a year to recover. Losing the use of two fingers of his left hand, he worked out special techniques to compensate.

Reinhardt formed the "Quintet of the Hot Club of France," playing their concert debut on 2 December 1934. He worked off and on to 1939, subject to his capricious decisions to take off on wandering travels. He played a concert tour with Duke Ellington in 1946, his only visit to the U.S.

Died following a brain hemorrhage in Fontainebleau, France on 16 May 1953.

Many guitar players, and musicians, have expressed admiration for Django Reinhardt, or have cited him as a major influence. These include British rock guitarists Jimmy Page, Jeff Beck, and Eric Clapton. In fact, Jeff Beck has described Reinhardt as "By far the most astonishing guitar player ever..." and "...quite superhuman..." Willie Nelson wore a Django Reinhardt T-shirt on tour in Europe in 2002, stating in an interview that he admired Reinhardt's music and ability. Jose Feliciano attributes his unique style to, in part, that of Reinhardt's. In 2009 he composed an album inspired by those musical influences and entitled it Djangoisms.

Cuban composer and guitarist Leo Brouwer composed Variations on a Theme of Django Reinhardt for solo guitar (1984). It is based on Nuages, by Reinhardt.

The Grateful Dead's Jerry Garcia and Black Sabbath's Tony Iommi, both of whom lost fingers in accidents, were particularly inspired by Reinhardt's ability to become an accomplished guitar player/musician, despite the diminished use of his own permanently injured hand following an accident. Jerry Garcia as quoted in June 1985 in Frets Magazine ; "His technique is awesome! Even today, nobody has really come to the state that he was playing at. As good as players are, they haven’t gotten to where he is. There’s a lot of guys that play fast and a lot of guys that play clean, and the guitar has come a long way as far as speed and clarity go, but nobody plays with the whole fullness of expression that Django has. I mean, the combination of incredible speed – all the speed you could possibly want – but also the thing of every note have a specific personality. You don’t hear it. I really haven’t heard it anywhere but with Django".

A number of musicians have even named their sons Django in honour of, or respect for, Reinhardt. They include Dawelie Reinhardt, David Crosby, Frankie Emerson of The Brian Jonestown Massacre, former Slade singer Noddy Holder, Jerry Jeff Walker, Richard Durrant, as well as actors Nana Visitor, Alexander Siddig and Raphael Sbarge. Jazz musician Django Bates and singer-songwriter Django Haskins were also named after him.

Songs written in Reinhardt's honour include "Django," an instrumental guitar piece by renowned blues-rock guitarist Joe Bonamassa.The Allman Brothers Band song "Jessica" was written by Dickey Betts in tribute to Reinhardt — he wanted to write a song that could be played using only two fingers. This aspect of the artist's work also motivated Black Sabbath guitarist Tony Iommi, who was inspired by Reinhardt to keep playing guitar after a factory accident that cost him two fingertips. Composer Jon Larsen has composed several crossover concerts featuring Reinhardt-inspired music together with symphonic arrangements, most famous are "White Night Stories" (2002) and "Vertavo" (1996).

Link to Wikipedia biography


  • associate relationship with Vola, Louis (born 6 July 1902). Notes: Co-player in "QdHCdF"
  • business associate/partner relationship with Grappelli, Stéphane (born 26 January 1908). Notes: Band mates
  • has other family relationship with Reinhardt, David (born 23 December 1986). Notes: Grandfather/grandson


  • Health : Accident (Non-fatal) 26 October 1928 in Paris (Burned in a caravan fire)
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  • Work : Begin Major Project 2 December 1934 in Paris (Debut performance of Quintette with Stéphane Grappelli)
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  • Death by Disease 16 May 1953 in Fontainebleau (Brain hemorrhage, age 43)
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Source Notes

Birth certificate in Didier Geslain archive, 'jazz' pdf file, p. 119 and 'R' file, p. 28.

copy from birth registry
BC available online at [1], see image on the right, click for larger view


  • Diagnoses : Body Part Problems : Handicapped (Lost use of two finger of his left hand, burned)
  • Diagnoses : Body Part Problems : Accident/Injury (Burned)
  • Lifestyle : Home : Many moves (Gypsy life through Europe)
  • Vocation : Entertain/Music : Conductor
  • Vocation : Entertain/Music : Instrumentalist (Jazz)
  • Notable : Famous : Top 5% of Profession