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Name: Stephane Grappelli                                                               
Born: 26 January 1908 Paris, France                                                   
Died: 1 December 1997                                                                 
Stephane Grappelli (January 26, 1908 - December 1, 1997) was a French jazz             
violinist who founded the Quintette du Hot Club de France with guitarist Django       
Reinhardt. It was one of the first (and arguably the most famous) of all-string       
jazz bands.                                                                           
Grappelli was born in Paris, France to Italian parents. Sent to an orphanage as       
a youth after his mother died when he was 4 and his father left to fight in           
World War I, Grappelli started his musical career busking on the streets of           
Paris and Montmartre with a violin. He began playing the violin at age 12,             
and attended the Conservatoire de Paris studying music theory, between 1924 and       
1928. He continued to busk on the side until he gained fame in Paris as a violin       
virtuoso. He also worked as a silent film pianist while at the conservatory           
and played the saxophone and accordion. He called his piano "My Other Love" and       
released an album solely playing piano of the same name. His early fame came           
playing with the Quintette du Hot Club de France with Reinhardt, which disbanded       
in 1939 due to World War II.                                                           
After the war he appeared on hundreds of recordings including sessions with jazz       
pianists Oscar Peterson and Claude Bolling, jazz violinist Jean-Luc Ponty, jazz       
violinist Stuff Smith, Indian classical violinist L. Subramaniam, vibraphonist         
Gary Burton, pop singer Paul Simon, mandolin player David Grisman, classical           
violinist Yehudi Menuhin, orchestral conductor Andre Previn, guitar player Bucky       
Pizzarelli, guitar player Joe Pass, cello player Yo Yo Ma, harmonica and jazz         
guitar player Toots Thielmans and fiddler Mark O'Connor. He also collaborated         
extensively with the British guitarist and graphic designer Diz Disley,               
recording 13 record albums with him and his trio. He also collaborated                 
extensively with now renowned British guitarist Martin Taylor. In the 1980s he         
gave several concerts with the young British cellist Julian Lloyd Webber.             
In 1997, Grappelli received the Grammy Lifetime Achievement Award. He is an           
inductee of the Down Beat Jazz Hall of Fame.                                           
Grappelli is interred in Paris' famous Pare Lachaise Cemetery.