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Get out of the cold with two hot nights of swinging gypsy jazz when The Hot Club of San Francisco comes to Walton Arts Center January 10-11! 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 with style and panache. Aficionados everywhere are forming bands, called Hot Clubs in honor of Django Reinhardt’s famous Quintet of the Hot Club of France, including The Hot Club of San Francisco, whose sound has entranced audiences around the globe for more than 20 years. Often called gypsy jazz, their music is sophisticated yet sentimental, delicate but with rhythms played at breakneck speed. To hear the ensemble live is to be carried back to the 1930s and the small, smoky jazz clubs of Paris.
In their first performance, The Hot Club of San Francisco will transport audiences to the idyllic French countryside, where a gypsy caravan sets up camp in a field outside of town, luring out locals for an evening’s fun. The wanderers travel with a film projector, pointing it at the side of a barn. As the images flicker to life beneath the stars, gypsy musicians play their guitars and fiddles, matching every movement on the screen with characteristic virtuosity, passion and humor. Reviving this lost entertainment, The Hot Club of San Francisco presents Cinema Vivant, an evening of vintage silent films accompanied by live gypsy swing featuring two films by European filmmaker, Ladislaw Starewicz.
Then, on Friday, January 11, audiences are invited back for a Swing Dance Party! Put on your dancing shoes and join The Hot Club of San Francisco on the Walton Arts Center main stage for a whimsical evening of entertainment. Swing dance lessons are available for purchase at the Walton Arts Center website – and include admission to the Swing Dance Party!
Tickets to both events are just $10 and are on sale now at waltonartscenter.org.
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