The Hot Club of San Francisco is an ensemble of accomplished and versatile musicians celebrating the music of Django Reinhardt and Stephane Grappelli’s pioneering Hot Club de France. The ensemble borrows the all-string instrumentation of violin, bass and guitars from the original Hot Club, but breathes new life into the music with innovative arrangements of classic tunes and original compositions from the group’s superb lead guitarist Paul Mehling.
Hearing the ensemble live, or on any of their eight albums, carries the listener back to the 1930’s and to the small, smoky jazz clubs of Paris or the refined lounges of the famous Hotel Ritz. Often called gypsy jazz, the music of The Hot Club of San Francisco has entranced audiences around the globe for over 10 years. Critics have hailed the group’s playing as intricate, scorching and often brilliant‚Ä¶ Acoustic Guitar. From festivals in Mexico and France to concert halls across North America, The Hot Club of San Francisco keeps this historic music fresh and alive.
What the Critics Say…
This music is about a balance of excitement and beauty, and Hot Club of San Francisco has found the perfect balance. Jazzweek.com
…one of the most cohesive and entertaining Gypsy swing bands in the United States.San Francisco Chronicle‚Ä¶a dazzling display‚Ä¶ Charleston Daily Mail
Hot Club sizzles at Jazz in June, Daily Nebraskan
‚Ä¶There aren’t enough superlatives to describe their sound, All About Jazz
‚Ä¶Intricate, scorching and often brilliant solos. Acoustic Guitar
The music of Hot Club of San Francisco is engagingly wonderful, its member’s solos precise and jazzy. The Napa Valley Register