DJAZZ Clash: Gypsy Sunday

December 10


The last Stingray DJAZZ Clash of 2017 combines funk and jazz manouche. Discover the swing saxophonist Maceo Parker toot some of the grooviest funk licks and watch today's greatest jazz manouche players honor the genre's founding father, Django Reinhardt. Do you like excellent grooves or do you prefer acoustic riffs? Stingray DJAZZ has both! The choice is yours!

Stingray DJAZZ presents a different jazz style: jazz manouche! Also known as “hot club jazz,” this jazz genre was born and bred in the north of France.

 Belgium-born guitarist Django Reinhardt developed jazz manouche. Joined by violin virtuoso Stéphane Grappelli, he performed with the Quintette du Hot Club de France in the 1930s. Apart from Grappelli and Reinhardt, the quintet consisted of two rhythm guitars (one played by Django’s brother Joseph) and a double bass. The result: a jazz ensemble of string instruments!

Although Reinhardt was a Romani musician, his immense popularity allowed him to survive World War II unscathed. In 1946, Reinhardt traveled to the United States where he played with American jazz legends such as Duke Ellington.

Dec. 10 is dedicated to Django Reinhardt. At 20:15, jazz manouche guitarist Biréli Lagrène performs with Django's son Babik Reinhardt in tribute to Django at a venue in Paris. At 21:00, the Dutch jazz pianist Peter Beets teams up with guitarist Stochelo Rosenberg to perform Django classics.

This Stingray DJAZZ Clash reaches its zenith with a 1991 performance by Stéphane Grappelli. Despite his advanced age, the legendary violinist is still in full command of his instrument. It seems playing jazz manouche keeps you fit!

Sunday, December 10 at 20:05 | Hommage à Django Reinhardt: Biréli Lagrène

Biréli Lagrène plays with Babik Reinhardt, the son of Django, in a tribute to Django Reinhard.

Musicians: Biréli Lagrène
Video director: Hans Klaus Petsch
Location: Paris, France
Year: 1999

Sunday, December 10 at 21:00 | Tribute to Django Reinhardt: Rosenberg meets Beets

World-class Dutch jazz pianist Peter Beets has shared the stage with jazz greats Chick Corea, Wynton Marsalis, “Toots” Thielemans, Elvin Jones, George Coleman, Johnny Griffin, Benny Golson, and John Clayton.  His mother a music teacher and his father an Oscar Peterson and Art Blakey enthusiast, Beets was surrounded by music from an early age. And though music was in their blood, neither parent associated the word “musician” with a career. In this broadcast, Peter Beets teams up with his brother, double bassist Marius Beets, and gipsy jazz brothers Stochelo and Nous’che Rosenberg.  The strength and precision of Nous'che's rhythms and tempo, and the ease with which Stochelo's lead guitar soars above them, make this band a cohesive collective - unique in their renditions of standards, Django's classic compositions, and original tunes composed by Stochelo himself.

Musicians: Peter Beets, Stochelo Rosenberg, Nous’che Rosenberg, Marius Beets
Producer: HVCP Videoproducties
Location: North Sea Jazz Club, Amsterdam, the Netherlands
Year: 2016

Sunday, December 10 at 22:20 | Stéphane Grappelli: Jazz Festival Warsaw

All of Poland anticipated the event: Stéphane Grappelli was coming to perform in Warsaw for the first time in his long and impressive career. It was October 1991, the weather was already cold but the thought of the maestro actually playing for the citizens of Poland warmed the hearts of jazz enthusiasts throughout the country. The French jazz violinist began his career in Paris playing with Django Reinhardt as the principal member of the "Quintette du Hot Club de France". Later, Grappelli had a long association with George Shearing touring throughout Europe. The violin virtuoso has recorded with many of the world's greatest jazz stars including Gary Burton, Earl Hines and Joe Venuti. His playing was rooted in the swing idiom and has always been characterized by his sweet tone. This program, recorded live in October 1991 to a packed Opera House in Warsaw, concludes with a thunderous ten minute standing ovation. The press confirmed the success of the historic event when they called the concert you are about to see, "the greatest event in Polish jazz history".

Musicians: Stéphane Grappelli, McCoy Tyner, Marc Fosset, Jean-Phillip Viret
Producer: Cascase, Lyra Production
Video director: Robert W. Schachner
Location: Warsaw, Poland
Year: 1991