What is Gypsy Jazz?

Gypsy jazz (also known as gypsy swing or hot club jazz) is a style of jazz music started by guitarist Jean "Django" Reinhardt in the 1930s. Because its origins are largely in France it is often called by the French name, "Jazz manouche," or alternatively, "manouche jazz".

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Swing Under the Nazis, Jazz as a Metaphor for Freedom

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Author:  Mike Zwerin

For a brief time in a Europe threatened and occupied by Nazi Germany, jazz was heard as ubiquitously as rock ‘n’ roll is today. ¬† In personal search for the story of that time, Mike Zwerin spent two traveling across Europe talking with those singular and u

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