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Django, Baro, and Gangsters

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  • Teddy DupontTeddy Dupont Deity
    Posts: 1,263
    Poulette Castro, one of Django and Baro's very early "teachers" is crouched down in that group photo.
  • PapsPierPapsPier ✭✭
    Posts: 428
    Hello Patrus has found a new lead to identify the people on one of the pictures, the picture with Django holding a trumpet, Delaunay, Naguine and two guys described as "suspicious looking". It could be Sava Nepus, a jazz fan, friend of Hugues Panassie who also knew Delaunay, Django etc. If this is confirmed, this picture doesnt really fit in Django and the gangsters anymore: it would be a picture of Django with other musicians, friends.
    Sava Nepus can be seen here
    https://www.nonegram.com/status/1081982463880374603_12149777
  • Teddy DupontTeddy Dupont Deity
    Posts: 1,263
    ...And Spatzo identified him as being top right in the famous 1939 photo of the Hot Club inauguration party.

    1939_Hot_Club_Party_High_Quality.jpg
    screen shot on windows
  • spatzospatzo Virtuoso
    edited February 2016 Posts: 768
    Dave Apollon met and played with Django Reinhardt while Django was on tour with Duke Ellington in New York In 1946. It was told by Dave Apollon himself on one of his vinyles (and it is indicated also on Wiki)...
  • PapsPierPapsPier ✭✭
    Posts: 428

    Regarding the links between Parisian music scene and the gangsters, the book of souvenirs of Jo Privat by Claude Dubois had a wealth of information. Worth a read (but not easy for non french speakers as it is all written “argot”, pop jargon): Privat remembers tons of stories (including how Baro asked him to be the owner of one of his bars before La Lanterne)

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