PARIS (AP) _ Stephane Grappelli, a legendary French violinist who played with the world's leading jazz artists, has died, his entourage said Monday. He was 89.

The pioneer of jazz violin, whose elegant swing charmed audiences around the world for decades, died Monday in a Paris clinic, said a spokesman for Dreyfus Records on condition of anonymity. The cause of death was not disclosed.

Grappelli helped shatter jazz as an exclusively American art form, recording more than 100 albums. He was the last surviving member of the Hot Club Quintet _ the rage of European jazz fans in the 1930s where he teamed up with Gypsy guitarist Django Reinhardt.