Joseph Reinhardt

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Joseph Reinhardt

Joseph Reinhardt (born March 1, 1912 in Paris , France , † February 7, 1982 ), called Nin-Nin , was a French musician and the younger brother of the jazz guitarist Django Reinhardt .


Joseph Reinhardt played the guitar and composed pieces in the genre Sinti - Swing or Jazz Manouche . First he played the rhythm guitar in the Quintette du Hot Club de France .

Since the 1940s he tried to set himself apart from Django in terms of playing style and repertoire. In 1942 he founded his Orchester Swing Jo Reinhardt ; he recorded with Gus Viseur ("Swing 42"), Hubert Rostaing ("L'oeil Noir") and Alix Combelle (" If I Had You "). Nevertheless, there are many stylistic similarities. A musical companion of Reinhardt was the guitarist Vivian Villerstein .

Reinhardt can be seen in various photographs and also in films with a guitar that is believed to have built it himself, an electric “flat-top” model with the external characteristics of a concert guitar. As early as 1947 in Stéphane Grappelli's Hot Four , he played the electric guitar. In the Quintette du Hot Club de France , on the other hand, all guitarists including Django Reinhardt used the acoustic Selmer guitars .

A well-known piece by him is called Bric-à-Brac .



  • Michael Dregni, Gypsy Jazz: In Search of Django Reinhardt and the Soul of Gypsy. Oxford / New York 2008; ISBN 978-0-19-531192-1

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