The Hardships and Upcoming of Dagon Reinhardt Dagon Reinhardt once said “Jazz attracted me because in it I found a formal perfection and instrumental precision that I admire in classical music, but which popular music doesn’t have. ” Reinhardt had worked very, very hard to get to the peak of his career. His life was like a story In the genre of “Rags to Riches” because he wasn’t born with the best of beginnings, but he still accomplished the Impossible and became the first Important European Jazz musicals, still known by musicians today.
Dagon was born, as “Jean Reinhardt” In Liberties, Pont-a-Cells, Belgium on January 23rd 1910, Into a poor family. HIS father Is Jean Eugene Weiss (also goes by the alias of Jean-Baptists Reinhardt) and his mother Is Laurence Reinhardt. Dagon In Romania language means “to awake. ” In his early childhood Jean lived In Romania (Gypsy) encampments close to Pans. He was also very attracted to music at an early age. A funny fact is that his first instrument was that he actually played the violin first despite that he’ll become best- known for the guitar.
He received his first “quitВ« as a gift when he was twelve years old, specifically it was a banjo-guitar. He quickly learned how to play without any tutoring; Dagon learned through watching other musicians play and copying their fingerings. At the age of thirteen he was able to make a living off of playing music, but the consequence for that was that he received very little education and he only learned reading and writing in his adult life.
When he was 18 there was a fire that injured him. His right leg, fourth and fifth fingers were paralyzed because of this, and even though two of his most important engineers were paralyzed he still sought out to relearn the way of the guitar with only 2 fingers. He discovered Jazz and traded his banjo-guitar in for a Seller Guitar between 1929 and 1933. Between 1934 and the start of World War 2 (1939), Dagon toured the united Kingdoms with his quintet.
After the world war he toured the united States; he was a great success, however, the more popular bands didn’t really cooperate with him. In 1947, he returned to France, but It was difficult for him to adapt to modern life. He was very popular and he had many sold out concerts, but he often skipped out on hem and did other things Like wandering off to the beach, to the park, sleep, etc. HIS fans, bands, and managers considered him extremely unpredictable.
He retired in 1951, but he still loved music so he continued to play In clubs. After his retirement he started learning how to play the electric guitar. Using this, Dagon new style he created was short lived because, in 1953, when he was walking home from playing in a Paris club, he collapsed from brain hemorrhage. It took a full day for doctors to arrive because it was a Saturday and he was declared dead on arrival at the hospital.