- Category : Musician - Jazz
- Type : MGE
- Profile : 4/6 - Opportunistic / Role Model
- Definition : Split - Small (6,30,49,55)
- Incarnation Cross : RAX Unexpected 4
Italian-French musician, one of the most popular jazz musicians of the last 50 years. He was the son of Italian immigrants, orphaned with his mother's death when he was four. Shifted around from boarding house to boarding house, he got his French citizenship in 1919.
In the early '30s, Grappelli had his first taste of fame when he formed the legendary Hot Club de France Jazz Quintet with Django Reinhardt. A self-taught violinist, he started playing professionally at 15, performing in various Parisian cafés and movie theatres.
During WW II he lived in London, working with such musicians as pianist George Shearing.
In the early 1970s Grappelli was rediscovered by a new generation of jazz fans. He performed at the Newport Jazz Festival, Carnegie Hall, and almost until the time of his death, at the age of 89, he remained professionally active, constantly winning over new fans with his magical style. He died on 12/01/1997, Paris.