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Name: Django Reinhardt                                                                       
Born: 23 January 1910  Liberchies, Pont-à-Celles, Belgium                                   
Died: 16 May 1953 Fontainebleau, France                                                       
Jean Baptiste "Django" Reinhardt (January 23, 1910 – May 16, 1953) was a Belgian           
Sinto Gypsy jazz guitarist. He was one of the first prominent jazz musicians to               
be born in Europe, and one of the most renowned jazz guitarists of all time. His             
most renowned works include "My Sweet", "Minor Swing", "Tears", "Belleville", "Djangology"   
and "Nuages" (French, meaning "Clouds"). His name is pronounced .                             
Born in Liberchies, Pont-à-Celles, Belgium, Reinhardt spent most of his youth in             
gypsy encampments close to Paris, playing banjo, guitar and violin from an early             
age professionally at Bal-musette halls in Paris. He started first on the violin             
and eventually moved on to a banjo-guitar that had been given to him and his                 
first known recordings (in 1928) were of him playing the banjo (a banjo guitar               
has six strings tuned in standard guitar tuning).