A handful of musicians can be considered true jazz innovators. Louis Armstrong is one of them, and Charlie Parker, Miles Davis, John Coltrane, Ornette Coleman. And Django Reinhardt, who invented Gypsy jazz on his own, was an ingenious improviser and did not care in the least about genres and musical directions. Instead, he combined jazz, traditional Gypsy music and French folklore into something new. Ornette Coleman certified him to have created “pure music ”. Looking back at the beginning of jazz, Sinto Django Reinhardt, born 1910, should not be overlooked. The Berlinale in February this year opened with a biopic of this style-defining guitarist. The Rosenberg Trio, which has been engaging this master’s compositions and ideas and carrying them forth for many years, play the soundtrack. Guitarist Stochelo Rosenberg is now coming to the Enjoy Jazz Festival’s closing concert together with the ‘who’s who’ in the Manouche swing scene to honour this paragon. The line up is exactly that of the classic Quintette du Hot Club de France: three guitarists, a double bass and a violin. You can especially look forward to Biréli Lagrène, who comes from Reinhardt’s schooling and is one of the most versatile and creative guitarists of our time. He has played with Jaco Pastorius, John McLaughlin, Gil Evans, Richard Galliano and Herbie Hancock – to name only a few. So one thing is sure: the Django Memories Quartet together with Biréli Lagrène will bring Reinhardt’s spirit to life in the Christuskirche – and make his music sound very contemporary. With this closing concert, the Enjoy Jazz Festival honours the first jazz style that was born in Europe and also focuses a memorable spotlight into the “century of jazz”.