Christmas tunes that swing will have you tapping your toes with holiday spirit when the Hot Club of Tucson returns to the Arizona Senior Academy on Tuesday (Dec. 9) at 11:30 a.m.
The style of “hot jazz,” also known as “gypsy jazz,” originated in Paris in the 1930s and 40s with Roma guitarist Django Reinhardt and violinist Stephane Grappelli and their Quintette du Hot Club de France. The Quintette included a bass and two rhythm guitar players, who provided a percussive backdrop as Reinhardt and Grappelli traded solos.
Continuing the traditions of gypsy jazz, the Hot Club of Tucson currently performs as a trio featuring Matt Mitchell guitar, Nick Coventry, violin, and Evan Dain, bass. They play their own arrangements of American Tin Pan Alley, French jazz, traditional Gypsy, and original pieces. At their previous Arizona Senior Academy show, they seamlessly traded solos with virtuosity and humor, leaving the audience eager for more.
Earlier this year the Hot Club of Tucson released their first CD, a compilation of live performances from the 2013 Randolph Park El Con Jazz Series. CDs will be available for sale at the Dec. 9 concert.
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