Gypsy jazz is thriving today! This condensed playlist celebrates the movement that is currently growing in popularity. There are many regular music festivals dedicated to the genre, usually attracting talented musicians who jam for hours into the night.
Gypsy jazz is said to have been started by guitarist Jean "Django" Reinhardt in the 1930s. Django was foremost among a group of Gypsy guitarists working in and around Paris in the 1930s through the 1950s, a group which also included the brothers Baro, Sarane, and Matelo Ferret and Reinhardt's brother Joseph "Nin-Nin" Reinhardt. (Thank you Wiki)
The style of playing uses a special form of strumming known as "la pompe" and gives the music its fast swinging feeling. Another important aspect is the chord shapes Django was forced to use due to his injury. Two of his fingers were paralysed so he had to devise other chords, which create that distinctive sound.
There's also a contemporary form of Gypsy Jazz which is evolving all around the world. It'll never be mainstream but I think it's SUPERCOOL nonetheless!