Performers: Stephane Grapelli & Django Reinhardt

Composer: (unknown)

Piece: J’attendrai Swing

In the early 1930’s, before World War II broke out in Europe, Django Reinhardt and Stephane Grappelli found each other, and the world of Jazz would never be the same. Reinhardt invented swing guitar and inspired thousands of guitarists after him while Grappelli pioneerd jazz improvisation on the violin.

Soloist: Stephane Grapelli

Composer: Hoagy Carmichael

Piece: The Nearness of You (Take 7, off Stardust)

Because of the heavy use of improvisation, there are multiple versions of Grapelli playing this one song. Of them all, this is my favorite (and one of my favorite songs of all time).

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