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Gypsy Strings Play Django Reinhardt at the Rivera Court, Detroit Institute of Arts deedsphotos
The Gypsy Strings of Detroit at DIA's RIVERA COURT
On a visit to the Detroit Institute of Arts last year we got a double treat--a Camille Claudel/Auguste Rodin exhibit and a jazz concert by The Gypsy Strings in the Diego Rivera Court. I was also surprised to find that my sailing friend John MacElwee was playing bass in the quartet whose music is in the style of Django Reinhardt, jazz legend of the 1930s. Listen to a sample of the Gypsy Strings of Detroit's music by clicking on their homepage linked below. A link which provides a sample of the Hot Club of Detroit has been added below also.
The Diego Rivera mural of the Ford Rouge plant was commissioned in 1932 by Edsel Ford, President of Ford Motor Company and of the Detroit Arts Commission. To his credit Edsel Ford did not interfere in the mural's communist-inspired content which depicted the workers with benign faces and the managers, including Henry Ford, in a less flattering style. Fortunately, the mural survived its critics, in contrast to a similar Rivera mural commissioned by Nelson Rockefeller in Rockefeller Center in New York City, which was destroyed and replaced with an inferior but less ideological mural by Jose Maria Sert.
Diego Rivera and Edsel Ford
The Gypsy Strings Webpage
John MacElwee on base
Superintendent at Ford Rouge Plant
DJANGO REINHARDT JAZZ LEGEND
Django Reinhardt 1910-1953
Django Lives in Detroit!
GYPSY STRINGS OF DETROIT HOMEPAGE
Gypsy Strings of Detroit
I Paint What I See. A Ballad of Artistic Integrity by E.B. White (On Diego Rivera's Ill-fated Mural in Rockefeller Center)
Hot Club of Detroit "Swing One"
THE HOT CLUB OF DETROIT
- HOT CLUB WEBSITE
Click on the link and hear some Hot Club Tunes