Django Reinhardt
Peche à la Mouche
In Solitaire: Complete Recordings for Solo Guitar
Coleman Hawkins

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Continental Jazz is a long-established term coined to identify jazz-styled dance groups active in Greater Europe apart from Britain, generally limited to the period up until the end of World War II. Initially spurred on by the success of American groups traveling overseas (such as the Original Dixieland Jazz Band and Lt. James Reese Europe's Fighting 369th Infantry "Hell Fighters" Band), European musicians established a reputation for playing "hot" music by the mid-1920s. This was different from American Jazz, however, as the European variety of Hot Jazz was tempered by the influence of indigenous forms such as the Paris Chanson or German operetta. In some instances Continental Jazz bands were joined by American expatriates who helped add spice to the mix. The main centers of Continental Jazz were naturally Paris and Berlin, although decent Continental Jazz bands also turned up in such unlikely locations as Denmark, Czechoslovakia, and Switzerland. Poland, Italy and Russia were involved in this musical style to a somewhat lesser degree. With the Nazi incursion upon all of Europe during the Second World War, Continental Jazz began to disappear, and at war's end it did not spring back. By 1950, Bebop became the Jazz music of choice to be found in Paris and Scandinavia.

Continental Jazz Artists Highlights

Django Reinhardt
Django Reinhardt
Coleman Hawkins
Coleman Hawkins
Stéphane Grappelli
Stéphane Grappelli
Georges Delerue
Georges Delerue
Michel Petrucciani
Michel Petrucciani
L. Subramaniam
L. Subramaniam

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Continental Jazz Album Highlights

Peche à la Mouche
Django Reinhardt
Peche à la Mouche
In Solitaire: Complete Recordings for Solo Guitar
Django Reinhardt
In Solitaire: Complete ...
1935-1940
Stéphane Grappelli
1935-1940
Djangology [Capitol]
Django Reinhardt
Djangology [Capitol]
Swing 47
Django Reinhardt
Swing 47
Djangologie/USA, Vols. 1-7
Django Reinhardt
Djangologie/USA, Vols. 1-7

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Continental Jazz Song Highlights

Title/Composer Performer Stream
I'll Never Smile Again Django Reinhardt
It Had to Be You Stéphane Grappelli / Django Reinhardt
Minor Blues Django Reinhardt
Dinah Django Reinhardt
In the Still of the Night Django Reinhardt
Dinah Stéphane Grappelli / Django Reinhardt
Finesse (Night Wind) Django Reinhardt / Rex Stewart
Sweet Georgia Brown Stéphane Grappelli
Crazy Rhythm Django Reinhardt
Honeysuckle Rose Django Reinhardt

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