Django cafe in Ventura
I thought this cafe was going to be a good one. We randomly found it in Ventura when we were headed towards the downtown area, thinking we would find a cafe down there. However, we spotted this one. When I saw that it was named after Django Reinhardt and that when we came in there was a big picture of him with a caption under it with info about him. I thought “Hell Yeah.” Then we got coffee and it was 1.25 a mug which is pretty amazing. Plus you get one free refill and each additional is only .25 cents. Then, however, I tried to get on the internet and asked them for the password and they said they did not have wifi. Then I looked around for an outlet to plug in my phone and I could not find one, plus the bathroom is locked up. So all in all, the coffee is really cheap and the theme of the place is nice, but the triple whammy of no wifi, no power outlets, and locked up bathrooms is a death knell to a cafe.
Jean “Django” Reinhardt was a French-Gypsy guitarist and composer.
Reinhardt is often regarded as one of the greatest guitar players of all time and is the first important European jazz musician who made major contributions to the development of the idiom. Using only the index and middle fingers of his left hand on his solos (his third and fourth fingers were paralyzed after an injury in a fire), Reinhardt invented an entirely new style of jazz guitar technique (sometimes called ‘hot’ jazz guitar) that has since become a living musical tradition within French Gypsy culture. With violinist Stéphane Grappelli, he co-founded the Quintette du Hot Club de France, described by critic Thom Jurek as “one of the most original bands in the history of recorded jazz.” Reinhardt’s most popular compositions have become jazz standards, including “Minor Swing”, “Daphne”, “Belleville”, “Djangology”, “Swing ’42”, and “Nuages”.
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