Django Reinhardt Was Born 100 Years Ago Today!

Django Reinhardt was born January 23rd 1910 in Belgium. The founder of the unique sound that would become know as “Gypsy Jazz,” Django Reinhardt would be 100 years old today.

Lonnie Wilfong & Django Reinhardt

Pictured here is Lonnie Wilfong, trumpet player and arranger for the Air Transport Command big band that Django hooked up with as the war was winding down in France, 1945. Lonnie was my father’s best friend and also friends with Bill Zickafoose of the Continentals. Bill passed away this past November, but his big band The Continentals will play this coming Tuesday at Hermitage High School for free at 7pm.

Tonight the Ashland Coffee & Tea is celebrating Django Reinhardt’s 100th birthday with “Djangoary” a DjangoFest with 3 bands: Gypsy Roots, Hot Club of DC, and the Olivarez Trio from Charlottesville. $15 in advance and $20.00 at the door 7PM.

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2 Responses to “Django Reinhardt Was Born 100 Years Ago Today!”

  1. kozmicdogz Says:

    The photo of Lonnie Wilfong and Django Rheinhardt was taken in December 1945 in Paris. It was scanned from a photo from Lonnie who had given it to my father a number of years ago.

  2. kozmicdogz Says:

    That would be Reinhardt.

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