Saturday, March 10, 2012

Paris in the Springtime: French Swing Music

I'm DJing a house party with a French theme tonight so I have been digging through my music collection, scouring the interwebs, and asking recommendations for people's favorite swing music with a French flavor.  In the interest of balancing my desire to share all of the great music I've been listening to with my desire not to bore you, I'm sharing four of my favorites.

Since no French swing set should be complete without Django Reinhardt and his Hot Club, start by checking out track 9 "You're Driving Me Crazy" by Django Reinhardt and St├ęphane Grapelli (embedded from

As a lover of both Gypsy Jazz and biking, I'd be remiss if I didn't include something from the Triplets of Belleville too.  

"La Marseillaise in Swing" by Claude Bolling makes me smile--it could have easily turned out to be a parody of "La Marseillaise" but it's a great swingable homage instead.

Nikki Yanofsky is Canadian, not French, but her version of "Plus je t'embrass"--and the fact that she's only 18--are most certainly worth noting. 

Do you have any French swing favorites?

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