Stephane Wrembel chats about the music of Django Reinhardt on Nine Volt Heart


Stephane Wrembel is quite simply one of the finest guitarists in the world. The New York Observer said,”Stephane represents the living face of Gypsy Jazz.” Rolling Stone has called him ” a revelation”. The music of Django Reinhardt is the beginning point for this amazing player. He was born in Fontainebleau, the birthplace of Impressionism as well as his musical idol, Django. Stephane is a Grammy award-winning guitarist for his work in Woody Allen’s “Midnight in Paris”.

Our conversation is far-reaching from the music he learned at the feet of masters in the Gypsy camps, to references about Plato, spirituality and chicken wings! The segment includes four songs as well. We begin with his version of Dizzy Gillespie’s “A Night in Tunisia”, Django’s “Minor Swing”, Stephane’s Grammy nod “Bistro Fada” and a brand new version of a traditional tune played with Reinhardt’s grandson “Petriarka”.

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