This day ( December 1st, 1997), in Paris, France, died Stéphane Grappelli , a French jazz violinist and founder of Quintette du Hot Club de France with Django Reinhardt.
Wikipedia : This day ( December 1st, 1997), in Paris, France, died Stéphane Grappelli , a French jazz violinist and founder of Quintette du Hot Club de France with Django Reinhardt.
@jazz.com : Below are twelve essential tracks drawn from the long and illustrious career of violinist Stéphane Grappelli. The emphasis here is on Grappelli’s collaborations with other notable musicians, including other violinists.
@allmusic : One of the all-time great jazz violinists (ranking with Joe Venuti and Stuff Smith as one of the big three of pre-bop), Stéphane Grappelli’s longevity and consistently enthusiastic playing did a great deal to establish the violin as a jazz instrument.
@last.fm : After his career with Reinhardt, he appeared on hundreds of recordings including sessions with jazz pianist Oscar Peterson, jazz violinist Jean-Luc Ponty, vibraphonist Gary Burton, pop singer Paul Simon, mandolin player David Grisman, rock band Pink Floyd (Wish You Were Here), classical violinist Yehudi Menuhin and orchestral conductor André Previn.
@Discogs : One the greatest violin jazz prebop player (but also pianist), Stéphane Grappelli is known for his legendary collaboration with Django Reinhardt in the ’30s and ’40s in their Quintette Du Hot Club De France. The group disbanded when the war broke (Grappelli went in London while Django stayed in France).