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Online Exclusive: Mark O’Connor

When fiddle virtuoso and composer Mark O’Connor recalls the history of his Hot Swing Trio-how it began as a tribute to Stephane Grappelli and Django … Read More "Online Exclusive: Mark O’Connor"

When fiddle virtuoso and composer Mark O’Connor recalls the history of his Hot Swing Trio-how it began as a tribute to Stephane Grappelli and Django Reinhardt before evolving into something reflective of his own cross-genre musical journey-he is certain of one thing: Grappelli wouldn’t have had it any other way.

“The biggest lesson I learned from Stephane is that he could take something and make it very individual to him,” says the 48-year-old Grammy winner, who was still a teenager when he began touring with the maestro in the late ’70s. The Seattle native was recruited for his guitar skills, but Grappelli also enjoyed playing violin duets with O’Connor, already an accomplished exponent of Western swing. “I was sort of like a mini-Stephane when I met him,” says O’Connor, calling from his Manhattan apartment. “It was not like I was starting from scratch. I already had my own style. He recognized that and he celebrated it.”

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