Hot Club of San Francisco brings jazz to The Palms on Saturday, May 4

Hot Club of San Francisco will bring their version of music born in Parisian clubs to The Palms Playhouse on Saturday, May 4. Tickets for the 8 p.m. show are $22 ($12 with student ID).
Hot Club of San Francisco – featuring (from left) Sam Rocha, Isabelle Fontaine, Jordan Samuels, Paul Mehling, Evan Price – will bring gypsy jazz to The Palms in Winters on Saturday, May 4. Tickets for the 8 p.m. show are $22 ($12 with student ID). Courtesy photo

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A new sound emerged from the deeply creative atmosphere of Paris’ cafés and clubs in the 1930s. Lead by guitarist Django Reinhardt and violinist Stéphane Grappelli, the Quintette du Hot Club de France pioneered a new style of music, soon dubbed hot jazz, jazz manouche and, as a nod to Reinhardt’s Roma heritage and its influence on his music, gypsy jazz. One of Hot Club De France’s innovations was the use of guitar as a lead instrument rather than strictly as a rhythm instrument. There’s now a hot club jazz revival, and Hot Club of San Francisco is one of the vanguards. HCSF integrates Django Reinhardt and Stéphane Grappelli’s jazz manouche style with its own varied influences to create a unique sound. Hot Club of San Francisco will bring their version of music born in Parisian clubs to The Palms Playhouse on Saturday, May 4. Tickets for the 8 p.m. show are $22 ($12 with student ID). HCSF is the brainchild of guitarist Paul Mehling, who after years of playing with the famed country swing bandleader Dan Hicks, went out on his own to form a gypsy jazz band.  The current edition of the HCSF has been together for seven years, and is anchored by Mehling and the improvisational mastery of violinist Evan Price. Price is a 10-year veteran of the storied paradigm-shifting jazz ensemble Turtle Island String Quartet. He’s also a U.S. Scottish Fiddling Champion, Canadian Junior Fiddle Champion, and Canadian Novelty Fiddling Champion. He’s performed with some of the masters of fiddle lore—including none other than Stéphane Grappelli, as well as Johnny Gimble and Vassar Clements—and a diverse array of pop icons from Stevie Wonder and Led Zeppelin’s Jimmy Page and Robert Plant to comedian Steven Wright. Vocalist and rhythm guitarist Isabelle Fontaine started as a drummer and singer in her native France before also becoming a guitarist and moving to the US. Rhythm guitarist Jordon Samuels is an in-demand musician in the Bay Area jazz scene, and bassist Sam Rocha is a dab touch at adding melodic solos in addition to holding down the beat. The band released their first album in 1993, and since then they’ve put out 12 more albums  including “Lady in Red,” “Swing This” and “Postcards from Gypsyland.”  HCSF is celebrating their 30th anniversary with the aptly named album,”30 Years,” which draws on favorites from earlier releases. Their previous album, “John, Paul, George and Django,” is an album of Beatles songs reinterpreted in the gypsy jazz style. Tickets, $22, are available at Pacific Ace Hardware in Winters, Armadillo Music in Davis, Davids’ Broken Note in Woodland, online via The Palms’ website and Eventbrite, and at the door if not sold out. For more information, visit palmsplayhouse.com and hotclubsf.com. ]]>

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