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Stephane Grappelli

A Life in Jazz

By Paul Balmer

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A Life in Jazz. Omnibus Press. Biography / MUSIC BISAC, Biography/Composers & Musicians. Softcover. 428 pages. Bobcat Books #BOB10901R. Published by Bobcat Books (HL.335013).

Item Number: HL.335013

ISBN 1847725767. 6.25x9 inches.

This riveting book by Paul Balmer is the definitive biography of a unique musician whose life spanned the 20th century. Stephane Grappelli's astonishing career ran on a parallel track to the history of jazz itself. Born in Paris in 1908, Grappelli was to become a member of the greatest European Jazz band of them all – the pre-war Hot Club de France Quintet – playing violin alongside gypsy guitar legend Django Reinhardt. That dazzling association with Reinhardt may have brought Grappelli his greatest fame, but his prodigious talent was also to give him a long and varied career in music playing with everyone from Duke Ellington and Joe Venuti to George Shearing and Oscar Peterson.

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