Maybe you noticed Noé’s last name. He is indeed related, through the extended family of Laurence “Negros” Reinhardt, Django’s mother. Cousin of David Reinhardt, with whom he has recorded and performed a great deal.
If it’s a name that signifies excellence, it fits. Within the “modern school” of Gypsy jazz, Noé Reinhardt has a unique and engaging voice. Sure, he’s got the jaw-dropping technique we’ve come to expect from the current crop of Parisian virtuosi, but it’s the feeling in his playing that really sets him apart. Here he is on the first Selmer 607 recording:
In true modern Gypsy fashion, Noé has made the long, round trip journey between Django’s style and that of various American players many times. The American 50’s and 60’s jazz influence can be heard on his take on Eddy Mitchell’s, “Le Cimetière des éléphants.”
Noé has participated in the Selmer 607 school’s video program and by the time he reaches us he will have prepared videos for Denis Chang’s DC-Music School as well. But you are safe to presume that he is most comfortable sharing his knowledge as he himself learned—orally, visually, face-to-face. He’ll be doing just that at Django Camp, working primarily with our most skilled participants.
At week’s end Noé will be appearing in concert with violinist Costel Nitescu at the Academy of Music. Here they are stretching out on “It Had To Be You” in a somewhat more casual venue, the Tavern de Cluny in Paris. If you want truly casual, up close and in person, I know a tree you can find them playing under come June.