I only caught a very few minutes of the Oscars, but it was the right few minutes. I’m a devoted Djangophile, and when the strains of “Minor Swing” came blasting from the set, I realized I was hearing a proper, honest-to-goodness Selmer-style Gypsy jazz guitar. Not just that, but one played with consummate skill.
That immediately narrowed the list of possible players, and I had my suspicions when that player started stomping, in calculated abandon, on the rhythm. It turned out to be the French guitarist Stephane Wrembel. Wrembel is no stranger to these parts, having repeatedly visited Northampton in the early days of the Django in June event. In addition to being the world’s best employer of the term “bro,” he’s also the best guitarist I have ever seen in concert.
So kudos to Wrembel, who was at the Oscars in the first place because he made music for Woody Allen’s Midnight in Paris.