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Shared Instrument and Style with His Legendary FatherCopyright © 2001
Babik Reinhardt bore one of the most famous names in all of jazz, and played the same instrument as his famous father, guitarist Django Reinhardt. Nonetheless, it was his mother, Naguine, who showed him the basics of guitar playing -- his father taught him piano instead.
The guitar became his instrument of his choice, though he spent most of his life in the shadow of his father's enormous reputation. Django Reinhradt died when Babik was only nine years old, but he carried on the gypsy-influenced swing jazz tradition which his father made famous, and participated in numerous tributes to him, including last year's Django Reinhardt Festival at Birdland in New York.
He recorded a number of albums in that style under his own name for the RDC record label in Paris. The company issued the following statement: "His compositions contained as much nostalgia and expressions of warmth as a beautiful autumn afternoon in the Fontainebleau forest" (both his parents are buried near Fontainbleu).
Babik Reinhardt died in Cannes, on the French riviera, after suffering a heart attack.