Undiminished Spirit of Django Reinhardt

"Born in 1910, Django Reinhardt grew up in a gypsy camp on the outskirts of Paris, and performed in local cafes with his father when he was a boy.

The story goes that Django nearly lost his life, when he was 18, in a terrible fire in the caravan where he was sleeping. . . A candle, knocked over in the night, set the room full of dried flowers on fire and scarred him for life. Two fingers on his left hand were paralyzed and his left leg was badly damaged.

In spite of this tragedy, Django kept on playing guitar."

Here's a four-minute video of the gypsy guitarist making beautiful music with some cool cats.

Video link from J-Walk Blog

Quoted text above from riverwalk.org