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STEPHANE GRAPPELLI - JAZZ VIOLINIST

Autographed 4Ē x 6Ē Musicdisc Europe advertising photograph on heavy stock for an album with Oscar Peterson.

Grappelli, (1908-1997) had a hard-scrabbled life as a youth.† His mother died when he was four, his Father living in Paris was a minor Italian aristocrat making a living as a translator.† He was sent to live at Isadora Duncanís school after his Motherís death and after she fled Paris due to the War he was briefly sent to an orphanage.† His Father not to dispense with his sonsí self taught talent on the violin sought help from Louis Charpentier a neighbor, who put him in touch with Paris Conservatoire Professor Paul Rougnon who assisted in getting Grappelli admitted to the Conservatoire at the age of 13.† He left after his third year with a second prize in solfege.† To make pocket money while in school he played in movie theatres and also on the street.†† Influenced by American pioneer jazz violinist, Joe Venuti, he began experimenting with jazz.† His first foray into big band was not as a violinist, but as a pianist with a man named Gregor.† After the financial collapse of Gregorís band in 1930, by that point Grappelli was back on the violin.† He met Django Reinhart in 1931 and they played one evening together, but because of their current commitments could not work together until 1934, when Grappelli joined Reinhartís band Le Quintette du Le Hot Club de France; where avec Stephane Grappelli was added.† They played live and recorded through 1939 when it became impossible for them to work together due to their opposite personalities.† Grappelli went to England in 1940 to avoid Hitlerís army in France and started his won band.† The blind jazz pianist George Shearing made his professional debut with the band the same year.† Grappelli was not completely done with Reinhart, they got together in 1949 for an Italian tour with a new combo and also made further records.