Occidental Gypsy Jazz Quintet
August 24, 2012
Their well rehearsed and lightning fast swing brings the Parisian jazz manouche of the 1930's alive and the audience to it's feet. The musical genre has undergone a tremendous resurgence in popularity for it's sophisticated yet sentimental sound and swinging precise rhythm, often light hearted and whimsical, sometimes aching with melancholy. It was guitarist Jean Baptiste “Django “ Reinhardt and violinist Stephane Grappelli along with their Quintet of the Hot Club of France who eventually codified this fusion of swing, American jazz and manouche (traditional gypsy music).