BBC Radio 4 - Jazz in Paris

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BBC Radio 4 - Jazz in Paris

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There's what looks like an interesting two-part programme starting this week on BBC Radio 4 at 1:30pm on Tuesday January 4th called "Music in the Dark Years".

According to the BBC blurb: 'Stephen Johnson explores how Paris's vibrant musical scene survived - and flourished - through the 'dark years' of Nazi Occupation'.

The BBC blurb refers directly to Django, so one assumes he'll feature in this first episode. For more info:

In Part II of the programme to be broadcast on the 11th January, it says 'Stephen also visits the famous bar "Le Chope Des Puces" in North-West Paris for some live jazz and a celebration of the life of the extraordinary gypsy jazz guitarist Django Reinhardt, who despite being 'undesirable' to the Nazi regime - and having only three fingers on one hand - became one of the most famous and revered musical celebrities in all of France'. For more info:

On the strength of that, both episodes sounds well worth listening to.

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