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Parisian Thoroughfare, Stéphane Grappelli

Stéphane Grappelli

November 30th, -0001

Birth Name:
Stéphane Grappelli

Born:
January 26, 1908 in Paris, France

Genre:
Jazz

Years Active:
'30s, '40s, '50s, '60s, '70s, '80s, '90s






Stéphane Grappelli

Biography

One of the all-time great jazz violinists (ranking with Joe Venuti and Stuff Smith as one of the big three of pre-bop), Stéphane Grappelli's longevity and consistently enthusiastic playing did a great deal to establish the violin as a jazz instrument. He was originally self-taught as both a violinist and a pianist, although during 1924-28 he studied at the Paris Conservatoire. Grappelli played in movie theaters and dance bands before meeting guitarist Django Reinhardt in 1933. They hit it off musically from the start even though their lifestyles (Grappelli was sophisticated while Django was a gypsy) were very different. Together as Quintet of the Hot Club of France (comprised of violin, three acoustic guitars and bass) during 1933-39 they produced a sensational series of recordings and performances. During a London engagement in 1939, World War II broke out. Reinhardt rashly decided to return to France but Grappelli stayed in England, effectively ending the group. The violinist soon teamed up with the young pianist George Shearing in a new band that worked steadily through the war. In 1946, Grappelli and Reinhardt had the first of several reunions although they never worked together again on a regular basis (despite many new recordings). Grappelli performed throughout the 1950s and '60s in clubs throughout Europe and, other than recordings with Duke Ellington (Violin Summit) and Joe Venuti, he remained somewhat obscure in the U.S. until he began regularly touring the world in the early '70s. Since then Grappelli has been a constant traveler and a consistent poll-winner, remaining very open-minded without altering his swing style; he has recorded with David Grisman, Earl Hines, Bill Coleman, Larry Coryell, Oscar Peterson, Jean Luc Ponty and McCoy Tyner among many others. Active up until near the end, the increasingly frail Grappelli remained at the top of his field even when he was 89. His early recordings are all available on Classics CDs and he recorded quite extensively during his final three decades. . One of the all-time great jazz violinists (ranking with Joe Venuti and Stuff Smith as one of the big three of pre-bop), Stéphane Grappelli's longevity and consistently enthusiastic playing did a great deal to establish the violin as a jazz instrument. He was originally self-taught as both a violinist and a pianist, although during 1924-28 he studied at the Paris Conservatoire. Grappelli played in movie theaters and dance bands before meeting guitarist Django Reinhardt in 1933. They hit it off musically from the start even though their lifestyles (Grappelli was sophisticated while Django was a gypsy) were very different. Together as Quintet of the Hot Club of France (comprised of violin, three acoustic guitars and bass) during 1933-39 they produced a sensational series of recordings and performances. During a London engagement in 1939, World War II broke out. Reinhardt rashly decided to return to France but Grappelli stayed in England, effectively ending the group. The violinist soon teamed up with the young pianist George Shearing in a new band that worked steadily through the war. In 1946, Grappelli and Reinhardt had the first of several reunions although they never worked together again on a regular basis (despite many new recordings). Grappelli performed throughout the 1950s and '60s in clubs throughout Europe and, other than recordings with Duke Ellington (Violin Summit) and Joe Venuti, he remained somewhat obscure in the U.S. until he began regularly touring the world in the early '70s. Since then Grappelli has been a constant traveler and a consistent poll-winner, remaining very open-minded without altering his swing style; he has recorded with David Grisman, Earl Hines, Bill Coleman, Larry Coryell, Oscar Peterson, Jean Luc Ponty and McCoy Tyner among many others. Active up until near the end, the increasingly frail Grappelli remained at the top of his field even when he was 89. His early recordings are all available on Classics CDs and he recorded quite extensively during his final three decades.

Top Albums

Parisian Thoroughfare, Stéphane Grappelli
1. Parisian Tho..
The Essential Yo-Yo Ma, Yo-Yo Ma
2. The Essentia..
Souvenirs, Django Reinhardt
3. Souvenirs
Jazz in Paris, Vol.1: Oscar Peterson & Stéphane Grappelli Quartet, Oscar Peterson
4. Jazz in Pari..
Swing In Paris, Django Reinhardt
5. Swing In Par..
Parisian Swing, Django Reinhardt
6. Parisian Swi..
Jazz In Paris, Vol. 31: Stéphane Grappelli Quartet, Vol. 2, Oscar Peterson
7. Jazz In Pari..
Jazz In Paris, Vol. 87: Django, Stéphane Grappelli
8. Jazz In Pari..
Venupelli Blues - EP (Original), Joe Venuti
9. Venupelli Bl..
Michel Legrand and Stephane Grappelli, Michel Legrand
10. Michel Legra..
Jazz In Paris, Vol. 82: Stuff and Steff, Stuff Smith
11. Jazz In Pari..
Skol - EP, Joe Pass
12. Skol - EP
Jazz In Paris, Vol. 30: Stéphane Grappelli Quartet, Vol. 1, Oscar Peterson
13. Jazz In Pari..
Violin Jazz Master, Stéphane Grappelli
14. Violin Jazz ..
100 Years of Django, Frank Vignola
15. 100 Years of..
The Essential Collection (50 Tracks Digitally Remastered), Django Reinhardt
16. The Essentia..
Jazz Violin Summit, Jean-Luc Ponty
17. Jazz Violin ..
Tivoli Gardens (Live - Instrumental) [Remastered], Joe Pass
18. Tivoli Garde..
Anything Goes - Stephane Grappelli & Yo-Yo Ma Play (Mostly) Cole Porter, Stéphane Grappelli
19. Anything Goe..
Stardust, Stéphane Grappelli
20. Stardust

Top Songs

NameAlbumTimePrice
1.
'Deed I DoParisian Thoroughfare4:34$0.99
2.
Autumn LeavesAfternoon in Paris5:31$0.99
3.
Blues for Django and Stéphane (with..Young Django (with Philip C..5:04$0.99
4.
Swing Guitars (with Philip Catherine..Young Django (with Philip C..4:01$0.99
5.
Nocturne100 Vintage Relaxing Music2:57$0.99
6.
Christmas Swing (Remastered)Christmas Swing (Remastered..2:49$0.99
7.
I'll Never Be the Same (with Dja..Hear Me Now (with Django Re..4:02$0.99
8.
Alabamy Bound (with Pierre Cavalli)Hear Me Now (with Django Re..3:33$0.99
9.
Please Be KindParisian Swing (feat. The Q..2:47$0.99
10.
Man I LoveParisian Swing (feat. The Q..3:14$0.99
11.
Tiger RagTop 100 Classics - The Very..2:36$0.69
12.
Girl from IpanemaSatin Doll5:12$1.29
13.
Pennies from HeavenSatin Doll7:01$1.29
14.
Satin DollBest of Stéphane Grappelli6:55$1.29
15.
Pennies from HeavenViolin Meets Violin - Timme..4:03$0.99
16.
It Don't Mean a Thing If It Ain&..Violin Meets Violin - Timme..7:00$0.99
17.
Pentup House (feat. Jean Luc Ponty)Violin Meets Violin - Timme..5:55$0.99
18.
Summit Soul (feat. Jean Luc Ponty &a..Violin Meets Violin - Timme..6:44$0.99
19.
I Got Rhythm (feat. Joe Pass, Mickey..Skol (Original Jazz Classic..6:34$1.29
20.
Solitude (feat. Joe Pass, Mickey Rok..Skol (Original Jazz Classic..5:59$1.29
21.
Honeysuckle Rose (feat. Joe Pass, Mi..Skol (Original Jazz Classic..6:32$1.29
22.
Someone To Watch Over Me (feat. Joe ..Skol (Original Jazz Classic..6:58$1.29
23.
How About You (feat. Joe Pass, Micke..Skol (Original Jazz Classic..5:19$1.29
24.
Puttin' on the RitzMenuhin & Grappelli: Fr..3:28$1.29
25.
Once in love with AmyMenuhin & Grappelli: Fr..3:28$1.29

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