New Music Monday: Gyspy Jazz [Genre] 117 words · 1 minute read

Gypsy Jazz

Gypsy Jazz or “gypsy swing” is a style of music originated by Django Reinhardt and violinist Stephane Grapelli during the 1930s in Paris, France. The style is a blending of chromatic gypsy flavor and swing jazz. It typically consist of all string instrumentations which include violins and nylon string guitars. Utilizing a swing guitar rhythm technique often referred to as “la pompe” (meaning “the pump” in French), the rhythm guitarist creates a percussive rhythm similar to a drummer. The genre was most popular in Europe during the 1930s to 1950s, but has since had a revival with modernized elements.

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