PapsPierPapsPier ✭✭
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Do you know the meaning of the title of this tune?
In the Ultimate DJango book it is said that R26 is a reference to the home of a certain friend in a certain street. Later, we learned that it was the house of the parents of Jacotte Perrier. But did you know that the name R26 is not an invention of Django and Stephane? I just read that it was the name of a private club (gathering of famous artists in Montmartre) held by Robert (R) Perrier and his family at their apt 26 rue Norvins.
If you want to read further, Wikipedia page of the club and a show is trying to recreate the atmosphere of the club these days, you can listen to a podcast about it here Spectacle R26


  • Teddy DupontTeddy Dupont Deity
    Posts: 1,263
    Check the photo at the top of page 275. That's the owner on the piano.
  • spatzospatzo Virtuoso
    edited January 2019 Posts: 768
    The meaning is R for Robert and 26 for 26 Rue de Norvins. It was a non-declared association created for fun by Madeleine and Robert Perrier and some friends. They used to organize private parties and both Stéphane and Django went there often and composed "R26" as an anthem for this secret club. Jacotte Perrier was the daugther of Madeleine and Robert she was only 13 years old when she recorded with Django and the HCQ "Les Salades de l'oncle François" a song written by Jean Tranchant that was welcomed at the R26.

    Some magnetic tapes and films do exist on the R26 activities but might not be easy to reach. The R26 had a long life from 1930 to 1960. It was definitively closed by the daughter of Jacotte Perrier in 2014.

    As PapsPier said above a show was recently created on the R26 with songs created by Madeleine and Robert Perrier along with private videos of the R26
  • wimwim ChicagoModerator Barault #503 replica
    edited January 2019 Posts: 1,459
    Fixed link:

    And pdf document attached directly, since these webpages have an unfortunate habit of disappearing with time.

    So, it sounds like it was kind of like a speakeasy..?
  • scotscot Virtuoso
    Posts: 657
    When it comes to Django, I continue to be amazed at the unknown things that keep tuning up - thanks, everybody. And Wim - did you convert these to .pdf? If you did, many thanks :)
  • spatzospatzo Virtuoso
    edited February 2019 Posts: 768
    Thanks Wim for the fixed link ;)

    Well more than a speakeasy it was a salon similar to the salon that Gertrude Stein had created and it was a meeting point where some leading figures of music and Art would meet from time to time (Joséphine Baker, Django, Stéphane, Tranchant and many others). The Perrier loved Jazz and composed many songs (but not Jazz).

    Here below is Jean Tranchant with Warlop in his own Club "La Croisère" on 20 Rue de Clichy in Paris in March 1935. The club was closed in 1935 after its director was killed by the french mafia. Tranchant will soon open a new Club "Le Bagdad - Chez Jean Tranchant" in a better place at 168 Fg St Honoré in Paris in november 1935. He will also play with Django and Stéphane and the HCQ in a concert organized by Marcel de Valmalète who was the Artistic Director at "Salle Rameau" on June 13th 1935 and with them again in some Radio broadcasts at Radio Luxembourg.

    Jean Tranchant has been (amazingly for me) a true star in France in those years. Singer and writter Nane Chollet who also recorded a few songs with Django and the HCQ was Jean Tranchant's wife. Tranchant's carieer ended a little after the end of WW2 as he was then considered as a german collaborator.

  • Teddy DupontTeddy Dupont Deity
    Posts: 1,263
    That's Baro Ferret with Tranchant and Warlop. Great pic.
  • spatzospatzo Virtuoso
    Posts: 768
    Here is a program signed to the Perrier and a postal card sent to them by Grappelly and Django from London
  • MatteoMatteo Sweden✭✭✭✭ JWC Modele Jazz, Lottonen "Selmer-Maccaferri"
    edited February 2019 Posts: 393
    Interesting! What about that Clacquesin drink? That photo seems to be an advertisement for it. But not a very good one. Tranchant really does look slightly tipsy while Baro and Warlop seem more sharp and focused on the music. It is perhaps best to stay away from it? ;-)
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