Jamming at the Django Reinhardt Fest, Samois-sur-Seine, France
When Django hit the scene in the 1930s, he blasted open a space for gypsy jazz (or manouche), dazzling the world with his special brand of swing and virtuosity on the guitar. Every June, his followers converge on his adopted hometown—l’île du Berceau, an island floating in the Seine on the edge the forest of Fontainebleau. This has to be one of the most down-to-earth (and affordable) jazz festivals in the world, with most revelers and musicians camping (and jamming) nearby, keeping Django's free-wheeling spirit alive. Bring a guitar.