The Gypsy Swing band of accomplished and versatile musicians from San Francisco celebrates the music of Django Reinhardt and Stephane Grappelli’s pioneering Hot Club de France with style and panache! The Hot Club of San Francisco borrows the instrumentation of violin, bass and guitars from the original Hot Club while breathing new life into the music with innovative arrangements of classic tunes and original compositions from the group’s superb lead guitarist Paul Mehling. Also, featuring the amazing violin of twice Grammy Award winner Evan Price and a swinging rhythm section.
A Note on Django Reinhardt and Gypsy Jazz….
Django Reinhardt is rightly hailed as one of the greatest guitar players who ever lived, but many people praising his accomplishments as a guitarist tend to overlook his roots in Gypsy culture and the musically fertile, polyglot Paris of the 1920’s. Reinhardt and his companions used all these elements, along with American jazz, to create this new music, but the Gypsy heritage seems to be the most important ingredient. Once you hear it you can’t forget it. It is sophisticated yet it has a sentimental quality. It is delicate but the rhythms are played at breakneck speed. It has a swinging, jazzy feel but many of the songs are waltzes. It is Gypsy jazz and the popularity of this sometimes flamboyant, sometimes melancholy guitar music is growing around the world. Aficionados everywhere are forming bands, called Hot Clubs in honor of Django Reinhardt’s famous Quintet of the Hot Club of France.