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Montagne Ste Geneviève
Django Reinhardt
Public DomainDjango Reinhardt - Credit: Original uploader was Adam Conover

Montagne Sainte-Geneviève is the hill in the 5th arrondissement that holds both the Pantheon and the Bibliothèque Sainte-Geneviève. In the 1920s and 1930s, at the height of the Jazz Age, the area was also home the the darker side of night-time activity in the 'City of Lights', and it was here in the murky world of the bals musette, or dance halls, that one of the most famous musicians to emerge from the era -- Django Reinhardt -- began to make a name for himself. The bal on the Montagne Sainte-Geneviève is thought to be 'the first dance hall young Django played in 1922 with accordionist Vetese Guerino.' A gypsy waltz that Django composed, but never recorded, goes by the same name as the hill.