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Stephane Grappelli

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. ~ Scott Yanow
full bio

Selected Discography

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Track List: Django

1. Alabamy Bound

2. You'd Better Go Now

3. Pent Up House

4. Django

5. Nuages

6. Le Tien

7. Makin' Woopee

8. Daphne

9. Like Someone In Love

10. Minor Swing

11. Soft Winds

12. (I Like New York In June) How About You

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Track List: Iterprétation Du Swing

1. Django's Tiger

2. Margie

3. Nocturne

4. Stephen's Blues

5. Iterprétation Swing Du Premier Mouvement Du Concerto En Ré Mineur Dejean-Sebastien Bach

6. Dinah

7. I've Found A New Baby

8. Body And Soul

9. Oui, Pour Vous Revoir

10. Fiddle Blues

11. Sugar

12. Daphne

13. Bill Street Blues

14. It Don't Mean A Thing

15. How High The Moon

16. It Had To Be You

17. After You've Gone

18. Alabamy Bound

19. You Took Advantage Of Me

20. Lady Be Good

21. Tea For Two

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Track List: Minor Swing: From The Archives (Digitally Remastered)

1. Django

2. Nuages

3. Alabamy Bound

4. You'd Better Go Now

5. Le Tien

6. Like Someone In Love

7. Minor Swing

8. Daphne

9. Soft Winds

10. Makin' Whoopee

11. How About You

12. Pent Up House

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Track List: California Here I Come

1. California, Here I Come

2. I've Got Rhythm

3. Fascinating Rhythm

4. Let's Fall In Love

5. Tea For Two

6. Swing 42

7. Honeysuckle Rose

8. After You've Gone

9. You Are The Sunshine Of My Life

10. Minor Swing

11. Here, There & Everywhere

12. St Louis Blues

13. Danny Boy

14. Them There Eyes

15. After You've Gone

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Track List: Like Someone In Love

1. Alabamy Bound

2. You'd Better Go Now

3. Le Tien

4. Like Someone In Love

5. Daphne

6. Soft Winds

7. Makin' Whoopee

8. How About You

9. Pent Up House

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Track List: Stephane Grappelli In Tokyo (Live)

1. I'm Coming Virginia (Live)

2. Honeysuckle Rose (Live)

3. Do You Know What It Is To Miss New Orleans (Live)

4. Just One Of Those Things (Live)

5. Nuages / Daphne (Live)

6. As Time Goes By (Live)

7. Embraceable You / Liza (Live)

8. Them There Eyes (Live)

9. You Are The Sunshine Of My Life (Live)

10. Time After Time / Two Sleepy People / Satin Doll (Live)

11. Double Scotch (Live)

12. Pentup House (Live)

13. Ol' Man River (Live)

14. Sweet Georgia Brown (Live)

15. Valse Du Passe (Live)

16. Oh, Lady Be Good (Live)

17. Chicago (Live)

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Track List: The Best Of

1. Satin Doll

2. On The Sunny Side/Street

3. Body And Soul

4. Aint Misbehavin

5. Mack The Knife

6. Body And Sout (2Nd Version)

7. Pennies From Heaven

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Track List: Violin Jazz Master

1. Making Whoopee

2. Nuages

3. Django

4. Pent Up House

5. Like Someone In Love

6. How About You

7. Le Tien

8. Soft Winds

9. Alabamy Bound

10. Minor Swing

11. Daphne

12. You'd Better Go Now

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Track List: Whispering Gyspy

1. Pent Up House

2. Willow Weep For Me

3. Minor Swing

4. You'd Better Go Now

5. Django

6. How About You

7. Daphne

8. Et Maintenant

9. More Than You Know

10. All God's Children Got Rhythm

11. Do You Know What It Means To Miss New Orleans

12. Moonlight Walks

13. Them Their Eyes

14. I Can't Give You Anything But Love

15. My One And Only

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Track List: Olympia 1988 (Live)

1. Pick Yourself Up (Live Version)

2. Chicago (Live Version)

3. Shine (Live Version)

4. I Can't Give You Anything But Love (Live Version)

5. Love For Sale (Live Version)

6. I Get A Kick Out Of You (Live Version)

7. Swing 42

8. Chanson Des Rues (Live Version)

9. Chattanogga Choo Choo (Live Version)

10. Someone To Watch Over Me / I Got Rhythm (Live Version)

11. Ol' Man River (Live Version)

12. Willow Weep For Me (Live Version)

13. It's Wonderful (Live Version)

14. Oh, Lady Be Good (Live Version)

15. Nuages / Daphne (Live Version)

16. Honeysuckle Rose (Live Version)

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Track List: Stephane Grappelli & Friends

1. Exactly Like You

2. Sugar

3. Stephane's Blues

4. Tiger Rag

5. Solitude

6. Oriental Shuffle

7. Some of These Days

8. Chicago

9. When Day Is Done

10. It Had To Be You

11. Body and Soul

12. Rose Room

13. In a Sentimental Mood

14. I Can't Give You Anything But Love

15. Swing Guitars

16. Liebestraum No. 3

17. J.S.Bach, Violin Concerto in D minor Part 1

18. J.S.Bach, Violin Concerto in D minor Part 2

19. Fiddle Blues

20. Sweet Chorus

21. Nagasaki

22. Hot Lips

23. Tears

24. A Little Love, a Little Kiss

25. Miss Annabelle Lee

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Track List: Live In San Francisco

1. California Here I Come (Live)

2. I've Got Rhythm (Live)

3. Fascinating Rhythm (Live)

4. Let's Fall In Love (Live)

5. Tea For Two (Live)

6. Swing 42 (Live)

7. Honeysuckle Rose (Live)

8. After You've Gone, Pt. 1 (Live)

9. You Are The Sunshine Of My Life (Live)

10. Minor Swing (Live)

11. Here There And Everywhere (Live)

12. St. Louis Blues (Live)

13. Danny Boy (Live)

14. Them There Eyes (Live)

15. After You've Gone, Pt. 2 (Live)

16. Sweet Georgia Brown (Live)

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Track List: It's Only A Paper Moon

1. More Than You Know (Live)

2. Et Maintenant (Live)

3. I Found A New Baby (Live)

4. It's Only Paper Moon (Live)

5. Out Of Nowhere (Live)

6. Tea For Two (Live)

7. Limehouse Blues (Live)

8. Moonlight In Vermont (Live)

9. I Can't Get Started (Live)

10. Amanda (Live)

11. Tournesol (Live)

12. Greensleeves (Live)

13. You Go To My Head (Live)

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Track List: Parisian Thoroughfare

1. Love For Sale

2. Perugia

3. Two Cute

4. Fascinating Rhythm

5. Shangri-La

6. Nice Work If You Can Get It

7. Star Eyes

8. Parisian Thoroughfare

9. Improvisation On Prelude In E Minor

10. Wave

11. Hallelujah

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Track List: Meets Earl Hines

1. Fine And Dandy

2. Over The Rainbow

3. Manhattan

4. Moonlight In Vermont

5. Memories Of You

6. There Will Never Be Another You

7. I Can't Get Started

8. You Took Advantage Of Me

9. Sometimes I'm Happy

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Track List: Just One Of Those Things

1. Just One Of Those Things

2. Misty

3. More

4. All God's Chillun' Got Rhythm

5. Que Restent-Lls De Nos Amours

6. Don't Get Around Much Anymore

7. Them There Eyes

8. Honeysuckle Rose

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Track List: Stardust

1. Stardust (Take 1)

2. The Nearness Of You (Take 7)

3. Tournesol (Take 6)

4. Greensleeves (Take 10)

5. You Go To My Head

6. Nature Boy

7. Can't Help Lovin' That Man O' Mine

8. We'll Be Together Again

9. The Talk Of The Town

10. Amanda

11. I Saw Stars

12. Greensleeves (Take 17)

13. Tournesol (Take 8)

14. The Nearness Of You (Take 8)

15. Stardust (Take 2)

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Track List: Satin Doll

1. Satin Doll

2. On The Sunny Side Of The Street

3. Ain't Misbehavin' (Feat. Kenny Clarke) (2006)

4. Mack The Knife

5. Body & Soul (2nd Version)

6. Pennies From Heaven

7. The Girl From Ipanema

8. My Funny Valentine

9. Blue Moon

10. The Lady Is A Tramp

11. Exactly Like You

12. Ebb Tide

13. You Took Advandtage Of Me

14. Lover Man

15. I Didn't Know What Time

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Track List: Afternoon In Paris

1. This Can't Be Love

2. Time After Time

3. Undecided

4. You Were Only Passing By

5. Tangerine

6. Chicago

7. Manoir De Mes Reves/Daphne

8. Misty

9. Afternoon In Paris

10. Autumn Leaves

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Track List: Feeling + Finesse = Jazz

1. Django

2. Nuages

3. Alabamy Bound

4. You Better Go Now

5. Daphne

6. Le Tien

7. Minor Swing

8. Makin' Whoopee

9. How About You

10. Soft Wings

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Track List: Improvisations

1. The Lady Is A Tramp

2. Fascinating Rhythm

3. Dans La Vie

4. Cheek To Cheek

5. A Nightingale Sang In Berkeley Square

6. Taking A Chance On Love

7. 'S Wonderful

8. Someone To Watch Over Me

9. If I Had You

10. Body And Soul

11. I Want To Be Happy

12. She's Funny That Way

13. Time After Time

14. Just One Of Those Things

15. Slow En Re Majeur I'll Be Around

16. Taking A Chance On Love (Alternate)

17. Someone To Watch Over Me (Alternate)

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Outstanding. . . !
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The man is a living legend to us all the passion and joy that he genuinely exudes is breath taking love his vibe through all these years thank you
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Master wicket, smooth great detail. . .
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I call this music....dri f t i n g music......P e a c e f u l and Rich...Thank s again Pandora, if not for you, I would not have ever heard his wonderful music.
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davidstj7
I saw him play at the Blue Note in NYC when he was 88, and he still made that violin sing. I couldn't take my eyes off of his hands.
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Has Stephane Grappelli ever made a bad record ? Every song in Pandora's catalog of his sings ;~)!
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Love that Gypsy Jango Jazz style of his!
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My father, a fine jazz musician in his own right, raised me on this stuff with lots of Brubeck and cool jazz mixed with Dixieland and wild drum music.
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For a few magic performances at the Great American Music Hall in San Francisco in the 80s Stephane played with the David Grisman Quintet. There is a recording of one of those performances . It is worth listiening to.
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I just stumbled upon Stephane Grappelli, I am now in love!
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I absolutely adore Stephane Grappelli. Never tire of his talent.
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I was able to see see hear this marvelous musician at the Monterey Jazz Festival ago over 20 years ago. He was quite frail and a chair was brought to middle stage, he slowly walked to it and sat down and began to play. Even today when I listen to his playing. I imagine myself once again, under the starry skies on that beautiful Monterey summer night sky and transport myself in time and place. How fortunate for me that I have such a lovely memory of his magical music!
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Without doubt one of the best violinist in his genre. Anyone who plays violin can certainly say how hard it is to produce all those ideas so clear and so in tune. Just a few reach that level
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guyt20
He's obviously talented, but I've seen other violinists that are more in tune.
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rickdavis604
Always stunninng in technique and heart.
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Truly great... must collect this of the great greats. Such beauty, technique and rich deliciousnes s .
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gypsy.viking 8 8 4
His solo on the recently re-released Pink Floyd Wish You Were Here is absolutely (I rarely use this word) DIVINE. A true master...
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another one of gods angels
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I saw him once very late in his career and he could still play with such skill and tenderness. A true master.
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The guy can seriously play the "fiddle"!!
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at1306
two words: sweet.lorrai n e .
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pay.ga
Saw Grappelli at Royce Hall, UCLA with the Diz Dizley trio. Fantastic. I loved the mix of old folks and young people groovin to the same tunes.
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No words do his music justice, would rather spend that time listening.
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NO one owns the jazz violin like Stephane Grapelli.
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One of my happiest memories is of a lovely June evening in 1986 at the Mountain Winery above Saratoga, CA with Stephane Grapelli and David Grisman. It was the night before my wedding, our last "single" date. What a great night of delightful music, and a perfect way to to begin our marriage.
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brienpalmer
The best! His music has a winning combination of versatility, energy and expertise. I could listen to him for hours.
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hiureader
grappelli is entwined beautifully in my life and my loves. i "bumped" into his music by coincidence (?) one day in 1979 in a record (remember them?) store in dallas. his best, and i defy someone to do it better, is his '78-ish "uptown dances", done with composer / arranger claus ogermann. find it. you will love it. glad to have seen this thread.
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rken_2001
fabulous-ent e r t a i n i n g far be on humaniod understandin g - t h e best of the best
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tedbujalski
.....hot jazz....yaoz z a !
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kellnj68
I was priveledged to see him perform twice before he hooked up again finally with Django. R.Hirsekorn,
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Most interesting was his filmed collaboratio n with Yehudi Menuhin, whose playing sounds rather stiff and stilted next to Shefane's lush and flowing style, and as much as admits his inferiority to the master of jazz technique on the violin. Grappelli never lost it, not even when he grew feeble with age! His touch will never be duplicated.
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Stephane played the part of the cat on a jazz/rock version of peter and the wolf with robin lumbley and others from brand X. It's a rare recording but worth the search!
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Django offered the "best" of gypsy swing jazz........ a n d one of the best I totally enjoy, playing his and "like music" is JOHN JORGENSON... l o o k him up and listen to his albums.....t r u l y great quintet, truly!!
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He played at least one album with Jean Luc Ponty.

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