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Quintette of the Hot Club of France UK Radio Broadcast 1937

Teddy DupontTeddy Dupont Deity
edited November 2020 in History Posts: 1,247

At 9.35pm on the 29th May, 1937, the BBC broadcast a 45 minute program of the Quintette playing direct from Paris. There is a very poor acetate recording of several of the tunes they played which shows that the Quintette often performed tunes on radio programs that they never ever recorded. I sometimes wonder what tunes they played at gigs that we will never here.

By the way, if you can cope with the truly dreadful quality of the recording, Django appears to be on incredible form.



  • pmgpmg Atherton, CANew Dupont MD50R, Shelley Park Custom, Super 400, 68 Les Paul Deluxe, Stevie Ray Strat
    Posts: 140

    No link Teddy?

    I'm always interested in jamming with experienced jazz and gypsy jazz players in the San Francisco - San Jose area. Drop me a line. Bass players welcome!
  • Svanis1337Svanis1337 ✭✭✭
    edited November 2020 Posts: 455

    These two solos are from the same broadcast:

    There are some transcriptions by other people of these two solos like:

    I always wanted to hear Django play "Take the A train" and "Cherokee". I think he played the former in the Salle Playel 1945 concert with the ATC band, but no recording of that particular tune has been found.

    I wonder if he ever played Donna Lee (or Indiana) with Dizzy?

  • wimwim ChicagoModerator Barault #503 replica
    edited November 2020 Posts: 1,413

    Whoa, you were not kidding about dreadful audio quality. Sounds like someone ate a bag of croissants over the gramophone, and wiped their mustache clean with the stylus.

  • Svanis1337Svanis1337 ✭✭✭
    edited November 2020 Posts: 455

    Yes I wonder what happened to the acetate, I'd love to see a picture of it. I'm guessing someone at the BBC took it home (pre-archival days) and played the crap out of it over several decades. With today's technology you can optically/laser scan old discs and extract the sound without playing them. I wish we could do this with all the Django acetates to get these rare recordings in higher fidelity. There's a bunch of unreleased discs from the Rome sessions due to damage, perhaps they could be salvaged this way. But I have no idea where they are, I'm guessing the RCA aisle of the Sony Music archives. I'd like to track them down but have no idea where to start...

    Here's an interesting read, according to this document there are over 20,000 damaged discs in the INA archives alone.

    Discs as bad as this one can be digitized this way, quite incredible.

    Way off topic, but when am I going to get to talk about this? I just love Django's music and I salivate at the thought of getting just one more recording. The poetry of his playing cuts through even the crispiest of croissants. 😉

  • BonesBones Moderator
    Posts: 3,310

    Hey Svanis the youtube link says no video available?

  • BillDaCostaWilliamsBillDaCostaWilliams Barreiro, Portugal✭✭✭ Mateos
    Posts: 583

    If you mean the 2 solos links they both work for me - could be a copyright/location thing

  • Svanis1337Svanis1337 ✭✭✭
    Posts: 455

    Try this link:

    I remember that BBC TV programme you dug up Teddy, there were several tunes there they never recorded like "Deep Purple". That's a great tune, shame they never recorded it with Beryl Davis.

  • Teddy DupontTeddy Dupont Deity
    Posts: 1,247

    On the 23rd August, 1939 the Quintette were on BBC radio and amongst their usual stuff played "Deep Purple" and "Wishing". The notes say Beryl Davis sang on the latter but not on the former. As far as we know, in the 1948 BBC TV program "Stars In Your Eyes", they performed from their recorded repertoire.

    Of course, we only know the Django composition "Pour Que Ma Vie Demure" aka "Stop" from an acetate recording of a radio program. How many more Django compositions were played but disappeared without being recorded or noted down? Taking it even further, Emmanuel Soudieux said he once heard Django create a beautiful composition on a train journey but he never ever played it again.

  • wimwim ChicagoModerator Barault #503 replica
    edited November 2020 Posts: 1,413

    "Pour Que Ma Vie Demure" aka "Stop"? Did you mean aka "Quelquefois" Teddy?

    I thought Stop was this '47 jam tune, but that one also has confusion around (mislabelled as Folie à Amphion?).

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