A birds-eye view from Stateside of the Friendly Invader of a startled but soon to be-invigorated France in 1918, worn out and world weary at the end of The Great War. The welcomed invader was American Jazz. The initial spear-headers, bands both black and white, were followed by a troupe of settlers such as the lascivious Josephine Baker and the rip-roaring Sidney Bechet, bringing their exoticism to the fascinated French. How did the Parisians, with their own rich and bustling popular musical culture, react to these rude strangers with their hot licks and raucous blares? It was l’amour at first sight. Soon a rare beauty was born: Franco-Jazz, exemplified by the triumph of Django Reinhardt and Stéphane Grappelli in the 1930s. And today the USA, in a pleasant reversal, is dotted with groups from coast to coast paying homage to the music of the Quintet of The Hot Club of France.