Gypsy jazz (also known as gypsy swing or hot club jazz) is a style of jazz music often said to have been started by guitaristJean “Django” Reinhardt in the 1930s.
Django was foremost among a group of Romani guitarists working in and around Paris between 1930 and 1950. He was noted for combining a dark, chromatic Gypsy flavor with the popular swing articulation of the period.
This approach continues to form the basis for contemporary Gypsy jazz guitar. Reinhardt’s most famous group, the Quintette du Hot Club de France, also brought fame to jazz violinist Stéphane Grappelli.