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Django Reinhardt – Phantom Dancer 28 Jan 2020

The Tuesday 28 January Phantom Dancer on radio and online has 1942-45 Django Reinhardt as your feature artist.

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Belgian-born Romani-French jazz guitarist and composer, Django Reinhardt returned to Paris from London as soon as war broke out in Septemeber 1939.

Though he continued recording, Nazi-occupied France was a dangerous place for Reinhardt, as both a Romani and a jazz musician.

During the Holocaust an estimated 600,000 to 1.5 million Romani throughout Europe were eventually killed.

Additionally, the Nazi attitude towards jazz was antagonistic, labeling it ‘degenerate music’.

Official policy towards Jazz was much less strict in occupied France, with jazz music frequently played on both Radio France, the official station of Vichy France, and Radio Paris, controlled by the Germans.

Reinhardt was the most famous jazz musician in Europe at the time, working steadily during the early war years and earning a great deal of money, yet always under threat.

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Reinhardt expanded his musical horizons during the war. By amplifying his guitar he was able to work in in large ensembles with horn sections. He also experimented with classical composition, writing a Mass for the Gypsies and a symphony. Since he did not read music, Reinhardt worked with an assistant to notate what he was improvising. His modernist piece Rhythm Futur was also intended to be acceptable to the Nazis.

One of his songs, Nuages, became an unofficial anthem in Paris to signify hope for liberation. The single sold over 100,000 copies.

Reinhardt’s first attempt at escape from Occupied France led to capture. Fortunately for him, a jazz-loving German, Luftwaffe Officer Dietrich Schulz-Köhn, allowed him to return to Paris. Reinhardt made a second attempt a few days later, but was stopped in the middle of the night by Swiss border guards, who forced him to return to Paris again.

In 1943, Reinhardt married Sophie “Naguine” Ziegler in Salbris. They had a son, Babik Reinhardt, who later became a respected guitarist in his own right.

Django survived the war to be later killed by tobacco companies. Their poison killed him by brain haemorrage in 1953

Here is The Phantom Dancer Video of the Week, Django Reinhardt playing Komm Zuerruck with Stephane Grapelli and the Hot Club of France in an American short from early 1939.

Make sure you come back to this blog, Greg Poppleton’s Radio Lounge, every Tuesday, for the newest Phantom Dancer play list and Video of the Week!


Play List – The Phantom Dancer
107.3 2SER-FM Sydney, Live Stream, Digital Radio
Community Radio Network Show CRN #421

107.3 2SER Tuesday 28 January 2020
After the 2SER 12 noon news, 12:04 – 2:00pm (+11 hours GMT)
National Program:
ArtsoundFM Canberra Sunday 10 – 11pm
Edge FM Bega Monday 3 – 4pm
7MID Oatlands Tuesday 8 – 9pm
2ARM Armidale Friday 12 – 1pm
3MGB Mallacoota Sunday 5 – 6am
and early morning on 23 other stations.

Set 1
Swing and Jazz on 1949 Radio
Oye Negra
Adrian Rollini Trio
‘Guest Star’
Radio Transcription
New York City
Flying Home (theme) + Empty Glass
Lionel Hampton Orchestra
‘One Night Stand’
Aquarium Restaurant
New York City
AFRS Re-broadcast
One For My Baby + Lovely To Look At (Close)
Eddie Duchin Orchestra (voc) Bea Wain
‘Eddie Duchin Show’
Radio Transcription
Set 2
Dance Bands
Isn’t It Romantic (open) + We Belong Together
Matt Dennis Trio
‘All-Star Parade of Bands’
Chi-Chi Club
13 Jun 1955
Whitey Berquist and the NBC Symphony Orchestra Chicago
19 Jun 1955
Medley: Easter Parade / You’ll Never Know / Stars Fell on Alabama / The Best Things In Life Are Free / Close
Chuck Cabot Orchestra (voc) Lynn Avalon
Empire Room
Rice Hotel
CBS Houston
Apr 1953
Set 3
Gypsy Jazz on 1945 Radio
Improvisation No. 6
Django Reinhardt
‘Beaucoup de Music’
AFN Paris
1 Dec 1945
Bei Dir War Es Immer So Schoen
Django Reinhardt with the Fud Candrix Orchestra
Comm Rec
16 Apr 1942
Honeysuckle Rose
Django Reinhardt Quintet
‘Beaucoup de Music’
AFN Paris
1 Dec 1945
Set 4
Jazz and Schmaltz on 1947-48 Radio
Theme + The Great Lie
Dodo Marmarosa
AFRS Hollywood
Poor Butterfly
Bobby Troup Trio (voc) Bobby Troup and Trio
AFRS Hollywood
1 Mar 1948
Medley: The Egg and I / I Can’t Believe It Was All Make-Believe + Hawaiian War Chant (Close)
Jack Barrow Orchestrad
‘One Night Stand’
Aragon Ballroom
Ocean Park Ca
AFRS Re-broadcast
Set 5
1937 Radio Bands
I’d Do Anything For You
Seger Ellis and his Choirs of Brass
Radio Transcription
New York City
Swing, Benny, Swing
Benny Goodman Orchestra (voc) Bloch and Sully, Martha Tilton, Alexander Chorus
‘Camel Caravan’
KNX CNS Los Angeles
10 Aug 1937
Never In A Million Years
Hal Kemp Orchestra (voc) Bob Allen
‘Chesterfield Show’
Blue Skies
George Hall Orchestra
Radio Transcription
New York City
Set 6
Eddie Condon’s Blue Network Jazz Concerts 1944-45
Pee Wee’s Town Hall Stomp
Eddie Condon Group (cl) Pee Wee Russell
‘Eddie Condon’s Town Hall Jazz Concert’
Blues ‘Round My Head
Eddie Condon Group (cl and voc) Woody Herman
Eddie Condon’s Town Hall Jazz Concert’
27 Jan 1945
Wherever There’s Love
Eddie Condon Group (voc) Lee Wiley
Eddie Condon’s Town Hall Jazz Concert’
23 Sep 1944
I Got Rhythm
Eddie Condon Group
Eddie Condon’s Town Hall Jazz Concert’
AFRS Rebroadcast
14 oct 1944
Set 7
Bop Vocals on 1948-50 Radio
Embraceable You
Charlie Parker Quintet (voc) Chubby Newsome
‘Symphony Sid Show’
30 Jun 1950
Salt Peanuts
Charlie Parker Quintet (voc) Band
‘Symphony Sid Show’
Royal Roost
22 Jan 1949
I’m Forever Blowing Bubbles
Jackie Cain and Roy Kral
‘Symphony Sid Show’
Royal Roost
Body and Soul + Close
Stan Kenton Orchestra
‘All Star Parade of Bands’
20 Jun 1953
Set 8
Great Women Jazz Singers on The Air 1944-45
What More Can A Woman Do?
Sarah Vaughan
Comm Rec
New York City
25 May 1945
Mildred Bailey
‘Music Till Midnight’
12 Jan 1945
No Love No Nothin’
Dinah Washington
‘One Night Stand’
Trianon Ballroom
Southgate Ca
AFRS Re-broadcast
16 Jun 1944
Deed I Do
Lena Horne
AFRS Hollywood

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