Stephane Grappelli (1908-1997)
Stephane Grappelli was a jazz violinist and jazz pianist. He is most famous for co-founding the Quintet of the Hot Club of France with Django Reinhardt in 1934. The quintet made hundreds of recordings together from 1934 until 1939. They disbanded during the war and got together after the war. They played together until Django Reinhardt’s untimely death in 1953. After Reinhardt’s death Grappelli continued to play. Starting in the 1970s people became interested in his music again, and Grappelli toured the world several times from then on until his death in 1997. Throughout his career, Grappelli played with just about every important jazz and classical musician on the planet.
Bill Coleman (1904-1981)
Bill Coleman was a jazz trumpeter. He had a long career and as he got older his playing improved by leaps and bounds. Coleman played wth such jazz greats as: Benny Carter, Teddy Wilson, Billie Holiday, Lester Young, Coleman Hawkins, and Stephane Grappelli.
Here is a video clip of Stephane Grappelli and Bill Coleman playing the jazz standard “After You’ve Gone”. Listen to the wonderful interplay between the trumpet and violin throughout the session and the wonderful swing feel of the ensemble. Enjoy!