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The Djangoners

The Djangoners take their inspiration from Django Reinhardt and his famous Jazz band from late 1930s Paris and London - The Hot Club of France - arguably the most famous Jazz band Europe ever produced. Django Reinhardt was born into a family of Gypsies and began playing music early but at age 18, he was seriously injured in a fire that rendered two fingers on his left hand useless and doctors believed he would never play guitar again. Reinhardt persevered in rehabilitation and developed a technique using only two fingers for his spectacular guitar solos. In mid-1930s Paris, Django joined forces with violinist Stephane Grappelli and formed the Hot Club of France, which went on to a prolific recording and performance career popularizing Django's original compositions and his renditions of American jazz classics.