Two original photographs of Django Reinhardt with his band at Salle Pleyel, 1944

N.p. N.p., 1944. Two vintage photographs of legendary Romani-French jazz composer and pianist Django Reinhardt in performance with his quintet, including his brother Joseph Reinhardt on rhythm guitar, percussionist Armand Molinetti, and clarinetist Gerard Leveque, at the Salle Pleyel in June 1944. Both photographs with holograph ink and pencil annotations to the verso identifying figures in the photograph, as well as a French photograph agency stamp.

The quintet continued to perform in occupied France throughout World War II, despite the grave threat the Nazis presented to Reinhardt and his brother due to their Romani heritage. His 1940 composition "Nuages" became an unofficial anthem for Paris, representing the Parisian people's hope for liberation from the Germans, and the song was often requested multiple times during concerts. Reinhardt attempted to escape from the city twice, but was captured and forced to return to Paris, where he ultimately stayed until the end of the war.

9.25 x 6.75 inches. Very Good plus, slightly wavy to the top edge, with pinholes to the corners, and one with light fading affecting the right portion of the photograph.

[Book #153857]

Price: $750.00