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Performed up at DUKES of Dixieland’s home, DUKES Place, atop the Monteleone Hotel in the French Quarter. We recorded three performances because the first two sold out. One disgruntle fan who could not get in for any of the three performances, actually set fire to the drapes on the 10th floor of the hotel which created a little concern and knocked out the AC, but the show went on.

There are not many jazz musicians who perform for over half a century and manage to retain the youthful exuberance of Stephane Grappelli. Proof lies in this video performance shot in a New Orleans French Quarter club. All you need to do is watch Stephane’s face as the legendary violinist and three young European musicians. Martin Taylor, guitar; Patrice Caratini, bass; and Marc Fosset, guitar, gracefully romp through a wealth of jazz standards.

His place in jazz history is secure, not to mention remarkable. In the thirties Grappelli was a character member of the famed Quintet of the Hot Club of France with guitarist Django Reinhardt. Decades later he still tours the world performing with musicians of every age with a precise and forceful style that spans generations.Jazz critic l Leonard Feather says he is “among the handful of genuine masters of jazz violin”.

STEPHANE GRAPPELLI IN NEW ORLEANS” offers a front row seat for a master at work.
Violin- Stephane Grappelli – Electric Guitar- Martin Taylor – Acoustic- Marc Fosset – Bass- Patrice Caratini

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