Gypsy Jazz Invades America


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Some musicians in the United States are bringing a unique style of French music to American audiences. Gypsy jazz, also known by its French name, jazz manouche, dates back to before the Second World War.

While already popular in many European countries, diehard American fans can now hear the distinctive sound of Gypsy Jazz at specialist clubs in cities across the U.S.

The sounds of 1930s Paris fill the room at this coffee house in Florida. The Cook Trio specializes in Gypsy Jazz. Jason Cook is the group's lead guitarist.

“It's very happy," Cook says, “and it's not a very subdued way of playing. It's very over the top. It's like pure guitar music, you know."

Gypsy jazz originated in France during the 1930s. Guitarist Django Reinhardt was instrumental in developing the style, having grown up in gypsy camps near Paris.

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