Django Reinhardt

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Guitarist Stephane Wrembel was born in Paris and raised in Fontainebleau, the home of Impressionism and Django Reinhardt.

It's the perfect dual influence that Stephane embraces, taking the gypsy master's creativity, pushing it forward, and avoiding being categorized as a museum-piece player.

Ebru Yildiz for NPR

I have a friend who loves gypsy guitar music so much she said she’s going to build a campfire in the backyard, light it, and wait.

Some folks feel pretty connected to their Django Reinhardt. The Django practitioners are just as passionate (maybe without the campfire), with a burn that brings legions to hot clubs, and festivals where the Sinti style lives.

The French gypsy guitarist Stephane Wrembel celebrates the 10th anniversary of his Django a Gogo Festival  on Friday night at Carnegie Hall, and he has lined up some six-stringers that you wouldn't normally associate with Django Reinhardt, the hot-jazz pioneer. Among them is the great Al Di Meola, who recently joined Wrembel in a unique studio session at WBGO.