Biréli Lagrène (born 4 September 1966) is a French jazz guitarist who came to prominence in the 1980s for his Django Reinhardt–influenced style. He often performs in swing, jazz fusion, and post-bop styles.
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|Born||4 September 1966|
|Genres||Gypsy jazz, swing, jazz fusion|
|Labels||Blue Note, Dreyfus|
|Associated acts||Larry Coryell, Jaco Pastorius, Miroslav Vitouš, Sylvain Luc|
Lagrène was born on 4 September 1966 in Saverne, Alsace, France, into a Romani family and community. His father and grandfather were guitarists, and he was raised in the gypsy guitar tradition. He started playing at age four or five and by seven was improvising jazz in a style similar to Django Reinhardt's, whom his father admired and wanted his sons to emulate. In 1980, while in his early teens, he recorded his first album, Routes to Django: Live at the Krokodil (Jazzpoint, 1981).
During the next few years, Lagrène toured with Al Di Meola, Paco de Lucía, and John McLaughlin, all of them guitarists, and played with Benny Carter, Benny Goodman, and Stéphane Grappellii. He joined Larry Coryell and Vic Juris in New York City for a tribute to Reinhardt in 1984 and went on tour with Coryell and Philip Catherine. He also performed with Jaco Pastorius, Stanley Clarke, the Gil Evans Orchestra, Christian Escoudé, and Charlie Haden. In 1989 he performed in a duo with Stanley Jordan.
- Routes to Django (Antilles, 1980)
- Fifteen (Antilles, 1982)
- Down in Town (Antilles, 1983)
- Django's Music Vol. 1 with Mike Peters, Bob Wilber (Stash, 1985)
- Stuttgart Aria with Jaco Pastorius (Jazzpoint, 1986)
- Bireli Lagrene and Special Guests with Larry Coryell, Miroslav Vitous (Jazzpoint, 1986)
- Inferno (Blue Note, 1987)
- Foreign Affairs (Blue Note, 1988)
- Acoustic Moments (Blue Note, 1990)
- Standards (Blue Note, 1992)
- Live at the Carnegie Hall (Jazz Point, 1993)
- Live in Marciac (Dreyfus, 1994)
- My Favorite Django (Dreyfus, 1995)
- Blue Eyes (Dreyfus, 1998)
- Duet with Sylvain Luc (Dreyfus, 1999)
- Gypsy Project (Dreyfus, 2001)
- Gypsy Project & Friends (Dreyfus, 2002)
- Swing '81 (Le Chant du Monde, 2005)
- To Bi or Not to Bi (Dreyfus, 2006)
- Djangology with WDR Big Band (Dreyfus, 2006)
- Electric Side (Dreyfus, 2008)
- Gipsy Trio (Dreyfus, 2009)
- Mouvements (Universal, 2012)
- D-Stringz with Stanley Clarke, Jean-Luc Ponty (Impulse!, 2015)
- Storyteller (Naive, 2018)
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