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Biréli Lagrène

Biréli Lagrène is a French jazz guitarist who came to prominence in the 1980s for his Django Reinhardt–influenced style. He performs in swing, jazz fusion, post-bop styles. Lagrène was born in Soufflenheim, France, into a Romani family and community, his father and grandfather were guitarists, he was raised in the gypsy guitar tradition. He started playing at age four or five and by seven was improvising jazz in a style similar to Django Reinhardt's, whom his father admired and wanted his sons to emulate. In 1980, while in his early teens, he recorded his first album, Routes to Django: Live at the Krokodil. During the next few years, Lagrène toured with Al Di Meola, Paco de Lucía, John McLaughlin, all of them guitarists, played with Benny Carter, Benny Goodman, Stéphane Grappellii, he joined Larry Coryell and Vic Juris in New York City for a tribute to Reinhardt in 1984 and went on tour with Coryell and Philip Catherine. He performed with Jaco Pastorius, Stanley Clarke, the Gil Evans Orchestra, Christian Escoudé, Charlie Haden.

In 1989 he performed in a duo with Stanley Jordan. "Django d’Or" for "French Musician" "Les Victoires de la Musique" in the category of "Jazz Album" for the album Front Page "Les Victoires de la Musique" nominated in the category of "Jazz Album" for the album Gypsy Project and Friends "Django d’Or" for "French Musician" "Django d’Or" for "People's Choice" "Django d’Or" for "Balkan/Gypsy" guitar Medal of "Chevalier des Arts & des Lettres" of France as awarded by Frédéric Mitterrand, Minister of Culutre and Commiunication Routes to Django Fifteen Down in Town Django's Music Vol. 1 with Mike Peters, Bob Wilber Stuttgart Aria with Jaco Pastorius Bireli Lagrene and Special Guests with Larry Coryell, Miroslav Vitous Inferno Foreign Affairs Acoustic Moments Standards Live at the Carnegie Hall Live in Marciac My Favorite Django Blue Eyes Duet with Sylvain Luc Front Page Gypsy Project Gypsy Project & Friends Swing'81 To Bi or Not to Bi Djangology with WDR Big Band Electric Side Gipsy Trio Mouvements D-Stringz with Stanley Clarke, Jean-Luc Ponty Storyteller 1989 Super Guitar Trio - Live at Montreux 2004 Bireli Lagrene & Friends:Live Jazz a Vienne 2005 Django: A Jazz Tribute 2005 Bireli Lagrene & Gypsy Project Live in Paris 2006 Live in Paris 2009 Monaco Dreyfus Night 2017 Biréli Lagrène: Voilà!

Official site Biréli Lagrène: Voilà

Billy Picken

Billy Picken is a former Australian Australian rules footballer who played for the Collingwood Football Club and the Sydney Swans. Picken, still at school arrived at Collingwood in 1974 from Macarthur as a forward but developed into one of the games finest centre-half backs. Despite playing in four losing Grand Finals Picken maintained his reputation as a finals performer & was recognised for his fine contributions when named in the Collingwood Team of the century. Picken was a dashing defender, capable of taking a spectacular mark and dashing off with the ball turning defence into attack in an instant. A kink in his ability was its lack of direction and penetration; when Picken controversially moved to the Swans in 1984 he was hit by a succession of injuries for the first time in his career. He returned to Victoria Park to captain-coach the reserves. Picken is the father of former Western Bulldogs player, Liam Picken and former Brisbane Lions player Marcus Picken, the uncle of former Brisbane Lions captain, Jonathan Brown.

He played first-grade cricket for Collingwood Cricket Club and had the dubious distinction of being the first first-grade cricketer to be suspended by the Victorian Cricket Association for striking an opponent during a cricket match. Billy Picken's playing statistics from AFL Tables Collingwood Website Archived 4 December 2007 at the Wayback Machine