James R asked in Entertainment & MusicMusicJazz · 1 decade ago

Django fans - Who is the heir apparent to Django Reinhardt?

I want to know who you consider the best gypsy jazz guitarist playing today. For me, it is Joscho Stephan, but maybe you consider Stochello Rosenberg or Birelli Lagreneto be the guy.

Btw - not saying they are better then Django - just who wears the crown these days


Charlie Byrd is great - but he passed away almost a decade ago - so of the living guitarist who wears the crown..

btw, check out the guys on You Tube - all of them have several performance videos

Update 2:

wow didnt see my typo - its Bireli Lagrene

Here are links to all three guitarists:

Bireli Lagrene http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=FqBlpd4mxAA

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Stochelo Rosenberg


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Joscho Stephan


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5 Answers

  • 1 decade ago
    Favorite Answer

    Django doesn't have one. When he passed on, the crown was buried with him. No offense to the "current" players.

  • Anonymous
    1 decade ago

    Yep, Charlie Byrd. I heard him in person at The Lighthouse in Hermosa Beach, California many years ago. Amazing and very tasty.

    After reviewing the videos you provided, my vote goes to Stephan. Wow!

  • 1 decade ago

    Edgar Cruz from OKC is more Spanish & varied jazz than 'gypsy', but a very excellent guitarist. He's more popular in parts of S.America than here, very well-known flaminco style, classical & modern jazz.

    Well worth checking out, he performs close to home quite a bit, but travels to give seminars & concerts, compitions, etc. He has a web site www.edgarcruz.com

  • Teaim
    Lv 6
    1 decade ago

    Charlie Byrd.

    exhibit 1- The Guitar Artistry of Charlie Byrd album.

    PS- I never heard the guys you mentioned. I'll take it as a tip to keep an ear open for them. thanks.

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  • 1 decade ago

    I consider Birelli Lagrene to be Django's heir apparent. His technique and spirit is amazing. However, I am not familiar with the other two you mentioned. I will definitely check them out- thanks!

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