Gypsy Jazz is the term used to describe the music pioneered by the legendary original Hot Club of France Quintet, which was led by guitarist Django Reinhardt and violinist Stephane Grappelli.
Django and Grappelli were attempting to do their own version of American Hot Jazz, as played by stars like Louis Armstrong and Duke Ellington. They used acoustic guitars, bass and violin, rather than horns and drums. Grappelli and Django added some French and Gypsy flavor and created a blend of music that is quite popular and accessible.
The Hot Club of Reading consists of Chris Heslop on sax & clarinet, Trey LaRue on bass, and Josh Taylor on guitar. The group is often augmented by Josiah Taylor on guitar and Ken Gehret on violin, guitar, and accordion. The group focuses on early hot jazz stylings made popular by Django Reinhardt, Louis Armstrong, and Sidney Bechet. Each member is featured as a soloist and the music is swing based.
April 12th, 2018
Hot Club of Reading with special guest Julien Labro
Thursday, April 12th, 2018 | 7:30p
5th & Penn, Reading PA
April 14th, 2018
RTP After Hours Jazz Cabaret
Saturday, April 14th, 2018 | 7:00p - 10:00p
603 Penn Avenue | West Reading PA 19611