The Quintette of the Hot Club of France is generally considered by jazz historians to be the greatest of all European Jazz bands. The group started out as an informal jam session that was held between sets at the Hotel Claridge (37 Rue Francois 1er.) in Paris in 1933. Stéphane Grappelli, Django Reinhardt, Roger Chaput and Louis Vola were playing in the hotel dance band at the time. Between sets they would play jazz together in a backroom at the hotel. One day Pierre Nourry and Charles Delaunay of Hot Club witnessed one of these sessions and arranged that the group record it's first records for the Ultraphone label in December of 1934. The group went on to become very popular in Europe both on records and as a live act. The group disbanded in 1939 as war broke out in Europe. The band was playing in London when England declared war on Germany. Stéphane Grappelli decided to stay in London and while Django Reinhardt returned to Paris. They would not see each other again until after the war in 1946.

Title Recording Date Recording Location Company
A Little Love, A Little Kiss 4-26-1937 Paris, France HMV
After You've Gone 5-4-1936 Paris, France HMV
Ain't Misbehavin'
(Andy Razaf / Fats Waller / Harry Brooks)
4-22-1937 Paris, France HMV
All Of Me 12-17-1940 Paris, France Swing
Appel Indirect 6-14-1938 Paris, France Decca
Are You In The Mood ? 5-4-1936 Paris, France HMV
Avalon
(Jolson / Rose / DeSylva)
7-1935 Paris, France Ultraphone
Believe It, Beloved
(George Whiting / Schwartz / J.C. Johnson)
7-1935 Paris, France Ultraphone
Belleville 3-31-1942 Paris, France Swing
Billet Doux (matrix 4209hpp) 6-14-1938 Paris, France Decca
Billet Doux (matrix 4209 1/2 hpp) 6-14-1938 Paris, France Decca
Black And White
(Django Reinhardt / Stéphane Grappelli)
1-31-1938 Paris, France Decca
Blue Drag
(Django Reinhardt)
4-1935 Paris, France Ultraphone
Blues 10-1-1940 Paris, France Swing
Body And Soul
(Green / Heyman / Sour / Eyton)
4-22-1937 Paris, France HMV
Bolero 12-14-1937 Paris, France HMV
Charleston
(Cecil Mack / James P. Johnson)
4-21-1937 Paris, France HMV
Chasing Shadows
(Davis / Silver)
9-1935 Paris, France Ultraphone
Chicago 4-26-1937 Paris, France HMV
Clouds
(Walter Donaldson / Gus Kahn)
7-1935 Paris, France Ultraphone
Crepuscule 9-11-1941 Paris, France Swing
Daphne
(Django Reinhardt / Stéphane Grappelli)
1-31-1938 Paris, France Decca
Dinah
(Young / Akst / Lewis)
12-1934 Paris, France Ultraphone
Dinette 9-11-1941 Paris, France Swing
Djangology
(Django Reinhardt / Stéphane Grappelli)
9-1935 Paris, France Ultraphone
Don't Worry 'Bout Me 8-25-1939 Paris, France Decca
Exactly Like You
(Dorthy Fields / Jimmy McHugh)
4-21-1937 Paris, France HMV
Fantaisie sur une danse norvegienne 12-13-1940 Paris, France Swing
Georgia On My Mind 10-15-1936 Paris, France HMV
H.C.Q. Strut 8-25-1939 Paris, France Decca
Honeysuckle Rose 1-31-1938 Paris, France Decca
Hot Lips
(Henry Busse / Jack Lange / Lou Davis)
4-22-1937 Paris, France HMV
Hungaria (matrix 4967hpp)
(Django Reinhardt / Stéphane Grappelli)
3-21-1939 Paris, France Decca
Hungaria (matrix 4967 1/2 hpp)
(Django Reinhardt / Stéphane Grappelli)
3-21-1939 Paris, France Decca
Hungaria (matrix 5084hpp)
(Django Reinhardt / Stéphane Grappelli)
5-17-1939 Paris, France Decca
I Can't Give You Anything But Love 5-4-1936 Paris, France HMV
I'm Confessin'
(Dougherty / Neiburg / Reynolds)
3-1935 Paris, France Ultraphone
In A Sentimental Mood 4-26-1937 Paris, France HMV
In The Still Of The Night
(Hoagy Carmichael / Jo Trent)
10-15-1936 Paris, France HMV
I'se A Muggin' 5-4-1936 Paris, France HMV
I've Had My Moments
(Walter Donaldson / Gus Kahn)
9-1935 Paris, France Ultraphone
I Saw Stars
(Sigler / Goodhart / Hoffman)
12-1934 Paris, France Ultraphone
I Wonder Where My Baby Is Tonight ? (matrix 4971hpp) 3-21-1939 Paris, France Decca
I Wonder Where My Baby Is Tonight ? (matrix 4971 1/2 hpp) 3-21-1939 Paris, France Decca
I Wonder Where My Baby Is Tonight ? (matrix 5083hpp) 5-17-1939 Paris, France Decca
Japanese Sandman (matrix 4970hpp) 3-21-1939 Paris, France Decca
Japanese Sandman (matrix 5081hpp) 5-17-1939 Paris, France Decca
Jeepers Creepers (matrix 4968hpp) 3-21-1939 Paris, France Decca
Jeepers Creepers (matrix 4968 1/2 hpp) 3-21-1939 Paris, France Decca
Oh Lady Be Good
(George Gershwin)
12-1934 Paris, France Ultraphone
Lentement, Mademoiselle 3-31-1942 Paris, France Swing
Les Yeux Noirs 12-13-1940 Paris, France Swing
Liebesfreud 12-13-1940 Paris, France Swing
Liebestraum No. 3 (Liszt) 4-26-1937 Paris, France HMV
Lily Belle May June
(Crooker / Sullivan)
3-1935 Paris, France Ultraphone
Limehouse Blues
(Douglas Furber / Philip Braham)
5-4-1936 Paris, France HMV
Mabel 12-14-1937 Paris, France HMV
Mabel 12-13-1940 Paris, France Swing
Minor Swing 11-25-1937 Paris, France HMV
Miss Annabelle Lee 4-26-1937 Paris, France HMV
My Melancholy Baby (matrix 4973hpp) 3-22-1939 Paris, France Decca
My Melancholy Baby (matrix 5080hpp) 5-17-1939 Paris, France Decca
My Serenade 12-14-1937 Paris, France HMV
My Sweet
(Django Reinhardt / Stéphane Grappelli)
1-31-1938 Paris, France Decca
Mystery Pacific 4-26-1937 Paris, France HMV
Nagasaki 10-15-1936 Paris, France HMV
Night And Day
(Cole Porter)
1-31-1938 Paris, France Decca
Nuages 12-13-1940 Paris, France Swing
Oiseaux des Iles 12-17-1940 Paris, France Swing
Oriental Shuffle 5-4-1936 Paris, France HMV
Paramount Stomp 12-7-1937 Paris, France HMV
Petits Mesonges 12-13-1940 Paris, France Swing
Pour vous (Exactly Like You) 12-13-1940 Paris, France Swing
Rose Room
(Harry Williams / Art Hickman)
4-22-1937 Paris, France HMV
Runnin' Wild
(Joe Grey / A. Harrington Gibbs)
4-26-1937 Paris, France HMV
Rythme Futur 10-1-1940 Paris, France Swing
Shine 10-15-1936 Paris, France HMV
Smoke Rings
(Gifford / Washington)
7-1935 Paris, France Ultraphone
Solitude
(Duke Ellington)
4-21-1937 Paris, France HMV
Some Of These Days
(Shelton Brooks)
9-1935 Paris, France Ultraphone
Souvenirs
(Django Reinhardt / Stéphane Grappelli)
1-31-1938 Paris, France Decca
Stockholm 6-30-1939 Paris, France Swing
Stompin' At Decca
(Django Reinhardt / Stéphane Grappelli)
1-31-1938 Paris, France Decca
Swanee River
(Stephan Foster)
4-1935 Paris, France Ultraphone
Sweet Chorus 10-15-1936 Paris, France HMV
Sweet Georgia Brown 1-31-1938 Paris, France Decca
Sweet Sue
(Young / Harris)
12-13-1940 Paris, France Swing
Sweet Sue, Just You
(Young / Harris)
3-1935 Paris, France Ultraphone
Swing 39 3-21-1939 Paris, France Decca
Swing 41 12-13-1940 Paris, France Swing
Swing 42 9-11-1941 Paris, France Swing
Swing de Paris 12-17-1940 Paris, France Swing
Swing From Paris 6-14-1938 Paris, France Decca
Swing Guitars
(Django Reinhardt / Stéphane Grappelli)
10-15-1936 Paris, France HMV
Swinging With Django 12-7-1937 Paris, France HMV
Tea For Two
(Ceasar / Youmans)
5-17-1939 Paris, France Decca
Tears
(Django Reinhardt / Stéphane Grappelli)
4-21-1937 Paris, France HMV
The Continental
(Conrad / Magidson)
3-1935 Paris, France Ultraphone
The Flat Foot Floogie
(Gaillard / Stewart / Green)
8-30-1938 London, England Decca
The Lambeth Walk 8-30-1938 London, England Decca
The Man I Love 8-25-1939 Paris, France Decca
The Sheik Of Araby
(Smith / Snyder / Wheeler)
4-27-1937 Paris, France HMV
Them There Eyes 6-14-1938 Paris, France Decca
Three Little Words 6-14-1938 Paris, France Decca
Tiger Rag
(Nick LaRocca)
12-1934 Paris, France Ultraphone
Time On My Hands (matrix 4974hpp)
(Youmans / Adamson / Gordon)
3-22-1939 Paris, France Decca
Time On My Hands (matrix 4974 1/2 hpp)
(Youmans / Adamson / Gordon)
3-22-1939 Paris, France Decca
Ton Doux Sourire (The Sunshine Of Your Smile)
(Cook / Ray)
4-1935 Paris, France Ultraphone
Twelfth Year (matrix 4975hpp) 3-22-1939 Paris, France Decca
Twelfth Year (matrix 4975 1/2 hpp) 3-22-1939 Paris, France Decca
Ultrafox
(Django Reinhardt / Stéphane Grappelli)
4-1935 Paris, France Ultraphone
Undecided 8-25-1939 Paris, France Decca
Vendredi 13 12-13-1940 Paris, France Swing
Viper's Dream 11-25-1937 Paris, France HMV
When Day Is Done
(De Sylvia / Katscher)
4-22-1937 Paris, France HMV
Why Shouldn't I Care ? 8-30-1938 London, England Decca
Younger Generation 6-30-1939 Paris, France Swing
You're Driving Me Crazy
(Walter Donaldson)
4-21-1937 Paris, France HMV
Artist Instrument
Pierre Allier Trumpet
P. Bartel Violin
Marcel Bianchi Guitar
Josse Breyere Trombone
Arthur Briggs Trumpet
Philippe Brun Trumpet
Roger Chaput Guitar
Maurice Cizeron Flute
Alix Combelle Clarinet, Tenor Saxophone
Andre Cornille Trumpet
Alphonse Cox Trumpet
Beryl Davis Vocals
Josette Dayde Vocals
Gus Deloof Trumpet
Eugene d'Hellemmes Trombone
Pierre Feret Guitar
Pierre Fouad Drums
Stéphane Grappelli Violin
Roger Grasset String Bass
Andre Jourdan Drums
Francis Lucas String Bass
Guy Paquinet Trombone
Django Reinhardt Guitar
Joseph Reinhardt Guitar
Hubert Rostaing Clarinet, Tenor Saxophone
Tony Rovira String Bass
Lucien Simoens String Bass
Emmanuel Soudieux String Bass
______ Swetschin Violin
Freddy Taylor Vocals
Eugene Vees Guitar
Louis Vola String Bass
Michel Warlop Violin
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Django Reinhardt, by Michael Dregni, Oxford University Press, 2005
Django: The Life and Music of a Gypsy Legend, by Charles Delaunay, 1961
Stéphane Grappelli: A Biography, by Geoffrey Smith, 1987
With Only My Violin: The Memoirs of Stephane Grappelli, by Stéphane Grappelli and Jean-Marc Bramy, Welcome Rain Publishers, 2002
Stephane Grappelli: With and Without Django, by Paul Balmer, Sanctuary Publishing, Ltd., 2003